Coastal Currents 2019: Funky blues, unconventional dance and alternative therapy at a packed arts festival
There’s lots more lined-up for Coastal Currents 2019 this year even after three busy weeks of successful artistic events in East Sussex.
The third weekend of the festival saw Ben Urban and Flatland_Projects launch Madeleine Pledge’s first solo show in the south east.
‘Stretch’, curated by Phoebe Cripps, offers a delightful juxtaposition of Madeleine’s work against the setting of the Source Park underground skate park in Hastings.
This is the first of Flatland_Projects’ autumn programme, which is supported by Arts Council England.
Tina Morris, the director of Coastal Currents, said: “This show and the next from Flatland_Projects are high quality exhibitions in a wonderfully unique setting. One of the things I love most about this festival is showing off the incredible spaces we have in this town that are constantly reinvented by clever creative people.”
Jungle Jam, a three-day ‘neon paradise’ at Crowley’s bar in Hastings, was also a hit.
Artists Drew Copus, Kate Bruce and other contributors created a cool interactive experience with UV costumes and live music from September 13-15.
Drew said: “We couldn’t have imagined a better turn-out and everyone has been truly so brilliant.”
Upcoming events at the festival
Joel White and his full band perform at The Albion, Hastings, on Sunday, September 22 (7pm-9pm, free). This will be a funky gig from a guitarist who can switch easily from superb B B King blues numbers to covers of Stevie Wonder and a wide range of pop favourites.
Amplified Edition by H2Dance is on September 26 (7.30pm), at The Printworks, Hastings. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions, £6 students) from ticketsignite.com. This is a live performance rooted in movement and uses non-conventional ways of interacting with the black box theatre.
Crowley Calling is at Electro Studios, St Leonards, on September 28-29 (11am-4pm). Curated by Berc Consulting, this is a mixed media group exhibition influenced by modern day occultist Aleister Crowley.
Artists Ben Urban and Rachel Irons from Flatland_Projects are offering alternative therapy sessions on September 21 with Cry Club. The project has been developed in collaboration with MIND. Find out more at coastalcurrents.org.uk.
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