Local Cultural Regeneration Strategy

Please don’t be put off by the title of this post!

Hastings Borough Council are in the process of reviewing their Cultural Regeneration Strategy and are looking for the input of people involved in the local arts scene.

Obviously our main interest, here at Pierless Music, is with the musical side of things, but opinions are being sought from across the local artistic community.

To that end, HBC have set up a series of informal meetings which are open to all who have an interest in their own artistic sector. Details, dates and times are below.

The Music session is being held at the Stade Hall, on Tuesday 6th January, from 7-9pm.

We have already had discussions with HBC about this idea and we think it sounds very promising and we’ll certainly be going along to, at least, the Music session.

Here are the full details:

“Cultural Sector Conversations – the Remix:

Polly Gifford and Michael Hambridge, the Council’s Cultural Development Team, would like to invite artists, artist groups and organisations, and others working in the cultural sector to some informal meetings to start a conversation about the ongoing development of arts and culture in the town.

In early 2015 we will be reviewing and refreshing our Cultural Regeneration Strategy and we want this to be informed by the aspirations of the sector.

Where are we now?
Where would we like to get to?
How might we get there?

We hope you can join us for one of the sessions below, themed to different sub-groups:

MUSIC – Tuesday 6 January 2015, 7-9pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

VISUAL ARTS – Wednesday 7 January, 6-8pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

FILM / DIGITAL – Thursday 8 January, 5-6.30 pm, Electric Palace Cinema, High Street, TN34 3ER

THEATRE / DANCE – Tuesday 13 January, 6-8pm, Baker Mamanova Gallery, Norman Road, TN38 0EG     

WRITERS / PUBLISHERS – Thursday 15 January, 6-8pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

If you can’t make it, there will be other opportunities to join the conversation, so let us know if you’d like to be kept informed.  Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested.

Please RSVP to lbolch@hastings.gov.uk, saying which session you’d like to come to.

Refreshments provided.

All venues, except the Electric Palace, are wheelchair accessible.”

This sounds like a great opportunity to get involved and maybe influence how Hastings Borough Council promotes and supports the local arts scene over the coming years.

So if you’re a local musician, venue owner, promoter, event organiser, or just have a keen interest in the local music scene and its future, why not go along and add your voice.

Maybe we’ll see you there?

Hastings, City of Culture?

No, this isn’t April 1st. Hastings and Bexhill have formally applied to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2017.

But, joking aside, why shouldn’t this area become the official UK City of Culture? Yes, I know that technically neither Hastings or Bexhill are a city. But then neither are several of the other 10 entries cities either.

Culture: (Noun) “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” – Definition from Oxford Dictionaries.

Just think of the wealth of artistic talent that we have in this area, across the whole spectrum of the arts, not just music. And also don’t forget the many different ways that we express and celebrate those arts here as well.

How many other towns of our size has so many varied festivals celebrating different aspects of art, or culture. Let’s not forget that culture can also mean “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”. Sounds like ‘Jack in the Green’ doesn’t it?

I’m sure that many local people’s initial reaction to this news was along the lines of “Hastings, City of Culture, you’re having a laugh…” But, the more you think about it and the more you start to realise just how qualified the Hastings and Bexhill area is to be that UK City of Culture in 2017, the next time the accolade is awarded by the way, the more you start to think “Why not?”

So, let’s get behind this bid and help tell the rest of the world just what a great area this is for arts and culture.

For more info about the bid and the other candidates, here’s a piece from the Hastings Observer website: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/hastings-to-bid-to-become-capital-of-culture-1-4853342