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‘The Circle of Sita’ from legend to life

November 6 @ 1:30 pm
Sandown School, The Ridge TN34 2AA United Kingdom
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Global Storytelling CPD with Lis’n’Tell & 18 Hours

For teachers, storytellers and adults who love to learn about stories. Delivered by 18 Hours, Development Education Centre for East Sussex, in partnership with Louise Coigley, Storyteller and Speech and Language Therapist.
Explore how storytelling techniques support literacy and help challenge social stereotypes. A traditional story from The Ramayana is used to explore modern day environmental heroes and heroines from India to inspire children to protect themselves and the planet.

KS2/3 but adaptable for all ages

Tickets:free (to book a place email office@18hours.org.uk)

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‘Compelling and funny, a presence which gives courage and inspires creativity.’
Ashley Ramsden, Founding Director, The International School of Storytelling, Emerson College

Sandown School, TN34 2AA

*programme subject to change

Deool (2hrs 15mins, 2011)

November 6 @ 7:30 pm | £5
Electric Palace Cinema, 39A High St
Hastings, TN34 3ER United Kingdom
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Deool  (2hrs 15mins, 2011, certificate U)

Award winning Indian movie. When Keshya, a simple villager, believes God has arrived in his village, everyone mocks him. But events take a drastic turn when politics get involved.
With camerawork that speaks volumes, Mangesh Dhakde’s foot-tapping music and The Dutta Dutta song adding a modern rap twist, Deool is a beautiful contemporary Indian film.

Electric Palace Cinema, TN34 3ER
Mon 6 Nov, doors open 7.30pm
£8 (£7 concessions: students, senior citizens, disabled, unders 16’s and unemployed – please bring ID)

Programme subject to change

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A Heart at Sea by Half a String

November 7 @ 4:30 pm | Free
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Following a tragedy, a young boy bottles up his heart and throws it in the sea. Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world as our hero tries to recover his heart. A haunting tale of whales, caves, ships and pirates (with phenomenal beards.)
Beautiful live music accompanies this collaboration between folk singer/songwriter Avi Simmons and puppet maker and artist Peter Morton.

Suitable for ages 7+

Sandown School, TN34 2AA

Umi Sinha (Author Talk)

November 7 @ 7:00 pm | Free
University of Brighton, Hastings, Priory Square
Hastings, TN34 1EA United Kingdom
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Sussex author Umi Sinha’s novel, Belonging, is set in India and Sussex. Umi explores the links between the two places and talks
about how historical novels are really about what is happening today, discussing family patterns and the ways they reverberate through succeeding generations.
Umi Sinha is a New Writing South author. Introduced by Dr Irralie Doel and supported by Literacy Society SU.

University of Brighton in Hastings, Havelock Road, TN34 1EA

Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

November 8 @ 6:30 pm | Free
Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, John's Place
Bohemia Rd, Hastings TN34 1ET United Kingdom
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Kala Chethena Kathakali Company
with Delaine Le Bas
and Vocal Explosion

A unique evening tracing Gypsy roots from India across Europe.
The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company are welcomed to Hastings by Juliet Russell’s Vocal Explosion

The Company’s world class artists perform entrancing traditional South Indian storytelling. Delaine Le Bas explores nationhood, race, gender and relationships, domestic claustrophobia, the transience of modern materiality and the tensions that characterise her own Romany heritage (top inset photo).
6.30pm (early arrival advised)
The Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum
and Art Gallery, TN34 1ET


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Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Emmanuel the Magnificent

November 9 @ 5:00 pm
The White Rock Theatre, White Rock
Hastings, TN34 1JX United Kingdom
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A chance to meet the new Children’s Laureate*, Lauren Child, as she talks about her best-loved characters including Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean, Huber Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and her latest Charlie and Lola book – A Dog with Nice Ears.

*Find out about Lauren’s new role in a recent piece in the Guardian here.

You’ll find out about how Lauren creates her books and why ‘staring into space’ can be such an inspiration. There’ll be time for questions too!

Lauren’s books will be on sale and there will be a book signing afterwards.

There will be an energetic and captivating short performance by Ghanaian Storyteller, Emmanuel the Magnificent before Lauren’s talk.

Please note, this show is recommended for children over 9 but there will be a FREE workshop in the upstairs café for under 9s whilst the show takes place (all children must be accompanied by an adult).

The White Rock Theatre, TN34 1JX
£10 / £5 (children 9-16 / registered disabled)*
*online booking fee applies, call 01424 462288 to buy fee-free


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Lightweight by Impossible Theatre

November 10 @ 4:00 pm
near Debenhams, Robertson St
Hastings, TN34 1HN United Kingdom
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An outdoor installation in Hastings Town Centre.
A giant inflatable sphere glows with intense colour as video images spin magically across it and the faces of your companions appear in quirky animation on its surface.

Robertson Street
TN34 1HN


Curry Cabaret

November 10 @ 7:30 pm
St Mary in the Castle,
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Comedy, dance, puppetry, theatre and food combine in a one night only event.
Enjoy delicious authentic Indian cuisine at candlelit tables in St Mary in the Castle while traditional and contemporary artists entertain you. Includes storyteller Neha Jain, fire-breathers Dolly Delicious & Lilly Fortune, and Kathak and Bollywood dance from world-renowned Sujata Banerjee Dance Company.

Doors open 7pm / starts 7.30pm
St Mary in the Castle, TN34 3AF
£20 including freshly cooked Indian meal*
*inc. vegetarian option

 (Booking details to follow)

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Bollywood Dance Workshop

November 11 @ 2:00 pm
Kings Road Studio, 48 Kings Rd
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6DY United Kingdom
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Come and try your hand (or feet!) at Bollywood dancing. No experience is needed for this fun and informal workshop for all ages.

The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company is committed to promoting South Asian arts and music in the UK and beyond and is at the forefront of South Asian culture in the UK. Two of Sujata Banerjee’s students have won places in the BBC young dancer of the year finals.



Kings Road Studio
48 Kings Road, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 6DY

Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds

November 11 @ 7:30 pm
The White Rock Theatre, White Rock
Hastings, TN34 1JX United Kingdom
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Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Benjamin Zephaniah; pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker.
The recipient of multiple honorary doctorates and author of many books for children, teenagers and adults, Benjamin has teamed up with renowned producer, The Sea (Toots & The Maytals, Rodney P, Massive Attack, The Wailers, Buju Banton) to create the incredibly timely album, Revolutionary Minds, which explores the political and economic corruption, global warming, rampant racism and fascist patriarchy of today’s world.
The five strong band provides rich, upbeat, hypnotic dub rhythms for Benjamin’s vocal and lyrical mastery. Backing vocalist, Amy True, is an artist in her own right – fast becoming one of the UK’s most influential lyricists.

Revolutionary Minds is a soundtrack for the modern revolutionist; it will make you feel empowered, hopeful, galvanised to make a difference and make you dance; it’s a dub thing.

Buy tickets
Adults: £20
Concessions: £3 off
Under 16: £13
(Additional booking fees apply, please call 01424 462288 to buy fee-free)

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Children’s Storytelling Festival Day and Carnival Parade

November 12 @ 12:00 pm
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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FREE stories, activities and workshops a-plenty on the Stade including:

1pm: Out of the Bag
Workshop for younger children – an interactive tale where nothing is quite what it seems.

1.15pm: Little Ida’s Flowers by Idolrich Puppet Theatre
Theatrerotto brings a Victorian playroom to life with magical puppetry in this enchanting Hans Christian Andersen tale.

2pm: Bollywood and Kathak Storytelling-through-dance Workshop
Why not try Bollywood and Kathak dancing?
Fun for all ages.

2.15pm: Wild Tapestry
A puppet goes on a journey to find the toymaker who created
her. For older children, young people and adults.
After-show storytelling workshop.

2.30pm: Carnival line up

3pm: India Reimagined
Carnival Parade Join our biggest ever carnival parade, with:
– Internationally renowned bhangra drummers, The Dhol Foundation, leading the Parade
– Amazing carnival costumes including guest carnivalists from the Isle of Wight
– Wycombe Steel Orchestra
– Dende Drummers
– Sambalanco
– Pan Up Steel Band
– Plus children from 9 local schools

3.45pm: Drum-off to close the day

Stade Open Space, TN34 3FJ

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