Welcome to Hailsham Virtual Festival Plus

Update –  March 2021

We are very much hoping to offer more face-to-face events this year than in 2020 although much of our programme will still be online. Please keep checking to see how we are getting on.

Last year we were getting withdrawal symptoms following the cancellation of the Festival so, instead, we hosted a Virtual Festival online which ran from September 4th – September 20th.

We hoped this initiative would help to keep alive our central mission of celebrating talent, creativity and imagination in Hailsham and the surrounding area.

To this end we invited members of the community to share and showcase their creative achievements in our galleries and publications. Over 70 people participated and you can see the results in our Virtual Art Trail (now closed until 2021) and our Poetry and Short Story Anthology.

We also encouraged children under 14 years of age to upload photographs of any art they had made during the period of lockdown. The Children’s Lockdown Art Project features images they created during the months of Coronavirus Lockdown. Due to the current lockdown we have extended this initiative and it remains open. Children and Young People continue to be very welcome to share their art with us.

We hope to produce some one-off Hailsham Festival Extra events later this year and in 2021. We will be posting updates here and on our social media as the situation becomes clearer. We have adapted the script and score for String, our community musical project, to work in a Covid-secure way and hope to start work on its production in January. 

The arts represent a vital component of our culture, enriching our community and creating a vibrant landscape from which we all benefit. Thank you for all your support over the years – we hope to make next year bigger and even better! Please take good care of yourselves at this challenging time.


Festival Chair