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Illuminating West Street: A Winter Salon

Illuminating West Street: A Winter Salon

Hastings | Friday 01 – Sunday 03 December 2017

Home Live Art is delighted to be teaming up with Hastings based visual artist Lorna Crabbe to produce a suitably strange and eclectic Christmas event for the Old Town.

Taking place across three nights, our Winter Salon invites you to weave a journey through the Old Town and focus upon an often overlooked Hastings street…West Street.

Forget its down at heal reputation and see West Street in a new light as local artists animate it with street décor and illuminations, explore hidden gems as artists open their studio doors, and soak up the festive atmosphere as a tantalising mix of surreal comedy, magic and street spectacle spills out from doorways, passageways and street corners.

The Winter Salon is entirely FREE. Come and create your own magical alternative Christmas experience!

Friday 01 & Saturday 02 December | 4pm-8pm | West Street & George Street
A fabulous combination of film, magic and comedy reveal the wonderful and baffling world of The Duo Bogof; this cabaret double act will be serving up vintage style magic, a vanishing lady and a giant lost rabbit!

Friday 01 December | 8pm | Simply Italian
Come and enjoy a traditional rendition of the Dickens classic by candlelight, read by Anthony Roberts (Director of Colchester Arts Centre), with music accompaniment by Jamie Cuncliffe. There will be a donation bar with wine, soft drinks and mince pies. Bar donations will be given to the local Snowflake Night Shelter.

Friday 01 & Saturday 02 December | 4pm-8pm | West Street
Street decorations, light interventions and illuminations by local artist collective Radiator Arts.

All weekend | West Street
A wonderfully distorted version of Santa’s grotto by local artist Peter Quinell.

Saturday 02 December | 2pm–6pm | West Street & George Street
Come and meet Sybil the spectacularly large and colourful snail from the Insect Circus, as she emerges out of West Street and disappears into George St.

Open throughout the weekend and until 8pm on Friday & Saturday | West Street
Visit the open studios of Hastings based artists and makers including metal sculptor Leigh Dyer, Micro book maker Lee Shearman and printmaker Olivia Bishop.

Sunday 03 December | 11am-1pm | Simply Italian
Join artist and illustrator Ed Boxhall for an imaginative morning of story-telling, singing and beautiful visual projections.

Sunday 03 December |2pm – 4pm | Simply Italian 
Come and make your own Reindeer antlers and get creative with pen and paper at our Craft workshop for all the family.

Friday & Saturday  daytime opening until 8pm, Sunday daytime opening | West Street
This beautiful independent bookshop and bindery will also be opening its doors, come and look through their range of books including classic hardbacks and search their stationary and gifts for a stocking-filler or two!

We are very excited that our Winter Salon event is part of the Hastings Old Town’s Spirit of Christmas weekenda festive celebration with entertainment, music, food and late night shopping.

* Please note while all our activity is FREE, A Christmas Carol by Candlelight, and Ed Boxhall’s Family storytelling and singing will have limited capacity. Both events will be managed on a first come first served basis.

Image credits: 1. Homepage: A Christmas Carol by Candlelight taken from Colchester Arts Centre website | This page: Image of Duo Bogof by Sin Bozkurt


  • When Friday 01 December - Sunday 03 December 2017
  • Time Various
  • Where HASTINGS: West Street, George Street & Simply Italian (East Parade, Hastings Old Town)
  • Link Winter Salon Facebook event page

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