September –
October 2016

Inspired by the 950th
anniversary of the
Battle of Hastings

About the festival

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s invasion of England – events which changed the course of history. With new works commissioned from national and international artists, the ROOT 1066 International Festival promises to bring innovative and fresh perspectives on the history and legacy of 1066.

Commissioned by Hastings Borough Council and supported by Arts Council England, the festival builds on the creative energy of one of the most exciting parts of the country. With its world-class cultural venues, year-round festivals and eclectic arts scene, Hastings and 1066 Country in East Sussex has a growing reputation as a cultural hotspot for outstanding contemporary arts.

The festival will offer spectacular outdoor events, fantastic performances and exhibitions and exciting participatory projects across 1066 Country focused in Hastings, Bexhill and Battle.

Announcing ROOT 1066, Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “The impact of the Norman Conquest on our country cannot be underestimated; it laid down the bedrock of English language and culture. That’s why we’ve called the festival ‘ROOT’ 1066. It demonstrates just how diverse we are as a nation, how our modern culture has been shaped by centuries of invasion, immigration and settlement.”

Cllr Martin Kenward from Rother District Council said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring communities together and celebrate a big part of our heritage. Rother District Council fully support the ROOT 1066 celebrations for the 950th Anniversary of 1066 and will be actively promoting the exciting events happening across the area.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We are really pleased to be able to support Hastings Borough Council’s ambitious Root 1066 project, marking the 950th anniversary of a pivotal moment in our history. Not only will this enable people to see spectacular new commissions from internationally acclaimed artists right on their door step, it will also provide an important opportunity for local communities to be involved in the celebrations through a variety of participatory cross arts projects.”

ROOT 1066 International Festival aims to put the national spotlight back on Hastings and 1066 Country, through high quality arts and culture. The festival also seeks to have a longer-term impact on the area through culture-led regeneration.


For Press enquiries, information, interviews and images please contact Tracy Jones at Brera PR & Marketing – 01702 216658 / 07887 514984 / /

For Digital PR contact Harry Cymbler at Hot Cherry – T +44 20 7607 2413 / M +44 7801 289 996 / /

The team


Polly Gifford: Festival Director and HBC Strategic Cultural Development Specialist
Michael Hambridge: HBC Arts & Cultural Development Officer
 Stella Landau: HBC Cultural Regeneration Support Officer 
Thomas Daldry: HBC Marketing & Events Intern
Joule Arts & Events: Production Managers
Kevin Boorman, Tracy Hobden, Jane Ellis, Debbie Clifford: HBC / Visit 1066 Country


Tracy Jones, Brera PR & Marketing

Harry Cymbler, Hot Cherry

DNA Projects: Marketing Strategy

Blackpepper Studio: Design

Ifour: Website design

Our partners

Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Hasting Borough Council

Coastal Communities Fund

East Sussex Arts Partnership

Rother District Council

English Heritage

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0) 1424 451363