September –
October 2016

Inspired by the 950th
anniversary of the
Battle of Hastings
7th July 2016

Blog Post #5: Blacksmiths on the Beach

Everything is heating up. 66 Objects is open. The ROOT 1066 brochure is nearly ready. And Blacksmiths are coming to the Beach between 8-10 July – for live sculpture and forging.

Characterised by community, this event will allow appreciation of local artists. Many Hastings residents will already know the work of Leigh Dyer – even if they don’t know they do. And it will be an exhilarating space for visitors, tourists and, hopefully, for the blacksmiths themselves. We are thrilled to welcome people from all over the country that will exhibit the magnificent work of the British Artist Blacksmiths Association.

More broadly, Hastings is becoming well known for this kind of quirk. The media increasingly plies the town with nouns like ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’. But this enhanced reputation has been a few years coming. It is the product of strategic arts investment – from private and public organisations. Here, I’d like to pinpoint Stade Saturdays as just one such innovative initiative.

Funded by Hastings Borough Council, Stade Saturdays brings an incredible variety of artists, musicians and performers to the Stade on most summer Saturdays. Eclectic, unconventional, inventive and free – Stade Saturdays has arts accessibility at its heart.

This year's season started on June 4, and we have already enjoyed experimental and old-time jazz, female comedy duos and colourful juggling - and we're not even halfway through.

It is therefore fitting that Blacksmiths on the Beach will be on the Stade during Saturday 9 July. ROOT 1066 is proud to share a platform with Stade Saturdays.

Following Blacksmiths on the Beach on Saturday, Folk Dance Remixed will be performing on the Stade from 6pm. A 'collision of traditional and Hip Hop dance and music'.

Thanks for reading. I'll be updating again soon.