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18th - 20th September 2015

The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.

With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year's contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield's iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils' grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.

In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you's to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days' events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.

We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Heath

Chairman of the Trustees

Please give generously, our buskers are entertaining us all and giving us much pleasure as they show case their talents.

AWSponsors, Friends and Volunteers will be at the Bent Arms for the Preview Evening which is showcasing the Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition in aid of Dementia UK.  Thank you Laura Morgan, Alex's daughter and her family and friends for helping the Lindfield Arts Festival get off to a suitable start.

This will be at 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

If you miss the preview, and you've not seen the Art trail be sure to visit the Stables on Saturday and enjoy the whole exhibition.

After decorating the High Street and highlighting the venues, setting up the Halls and churches, there'll be some relaxation for Team LAF 2015 volunteers.

Together with the Village's Festival goers, they will start their evening off with a laugh at the Comedy Night also in the Bent Arms starting at 8.00pm. lindfieldposter03 1

There are still some spaces left for the African Drumming workshop. Buy your ticket before it is too late and join the merry band of drummers.  This workshop is always enjoyed by Festival goers and we are pleased that once again, we have the opportunity to try out the drumming.


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Saturday 19th September







Bent Arms Garden

African Drummers

African Drumming Performance

A lively performance by the Lindfield based African Drumming Group



African Drummers

African Drumming Performance

A lively performance by the Lindfield based African Drumming Group


Community Hall

Lindfield Primary School

African Drummers

African Drumming Workshop

Introduction to African drumming for teens and adults

Maximum 15 people [minimum age]

£5.00 a person

Additional Information

Drum workshops and ‘taster’ events are great to get people involved and to give a sense of ‘try before you buy’. Workshops are run for adults and older teens as part of a short series to bring out your inner drummer!

thedrumcoach is a not-for-profit community organisation providing drum workshops and 1-1 tuition to local adults. Donations go to the Ebola Fund and to several West African charities and causes.

We’ve also formed a Community Drum Band made up of members from these local groups, who can play short sets at local festivals and village events.

Please enquire about fees and dates available.

Questions that often arise when attending drum workshops:

What will we be learning?

Core West African rhythms, starting with the easier, more accessible ones, and building up to more complicated patterns

How to hit the drum to bring out the right sound - and not hurt yourself!

How the various drum parts connect with each other. You will also hear how the large bass drums underpin the djembe rhythms Some of the origins of the drum and the rhythms used in West African culture

How will we learn?

Mainly by having fun, and by learning and playing together! From instruction from thedrumcoach - going slowly at the start, then building up speed and technique Having time to practice and repeat the rhythms to gain more fluency and confidence

Some 1–1 time to review progress and help overcome any barriers or difficulties By using the best of current adult learning principles and memory aids

What if I haven’t played a drum before?

NO experience necessary! Just enthusiasm, bring your own talent! Don’t worry, we’ll take it easy, nice and slow to build up your confidence If you have played before/are experienced, we can build on that - more experienced players can take on more complex parts

Help, I don’t have a drum!

We limit workshops to 15 so there should be enough drums there to play. Maybe share with someone else and listen for awhile… Bring your own djembe or conga if you own one.

How fit do I need to be?  How will I play the drum safely?

No special fitness needed, but you do need to be fully able. We will use chairs and there are some straps available to help hold the drum close. You won’t hurt yourself! (well, maybe a little bruised finger!)

More about thedrumcoach… Peter has been playing and teaching for over 15 years. He is also a qualified personal development coach. He has learnt from one of the world’s drum masters, Mamady Keita. Peter has performed in West African drum and dance groups Yiri Baa and Kakandé, and with other ‘world music’ bands including Kunundrum and Glastonbury regulars - Carnival Collective.

He has formed a number of local drum workshop groups that are all progressing nicely! He also runs Summer Drum Days with a guest drummer (please enquire for dates).

Any drum workshops running nearby?

We run frequent drum workshops mostly in east Sussex and West Kent – current groups running in Lindfield, Hadlow, Sevenoaks. Payment is for a series, not a ‘drop in’ (ask for details). Personalised coaching Peter also offers 1-1 coaching and tuition as an option to learning in a group. Please ask for coaching rates and locations.

To book or make any enquiry, please contact thedrumcoach:


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t: 01892 853300 m : 0797 333 0698

I look forward to meeting you soon – come and hit the skin!

Peter Welch thedrumcoach

Tickets to be purchased in advance from SWALK, Lindfield

Last chance to buy tickets for the Burlesque workshops.
You'll still be able to come along and pay on the door.

For £5.00 you can enjoy the music, dance with beautiful props and learn different techniques

This was one of last year's most popular Arts Festival events and we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn once again how to Burlesque in Style.

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Upstairs Room, Bent Arms

SK Dance

Burlesque Workshop

SK Dance teaches women the art of burlesque by learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva! (Ladies over 18 only)


Upstairs Room, Bent Arms

SK Dance

Burlesque Workshop

SK Dance teaches women the art of burlesque by learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva! (Ladies over 18 only)

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Come and embrace the opportunity to learn how to play different characters, pose and strut your stuff with elegance, poise and confidence.  This session with Sarah King provides an unique opportunity for ladies to learn the art of burlesque through learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva!  For more information visit



The Team LAF 2015 will be dressing the village High Street. Bunting, signage and posters will be appearing down the High Street.

The Butcher, King Edward Hall and the Junction all have the big banners advertising the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Preparations are all in hand for Saturday and Sunday's festivities. Not forgetting the Comedy Night in the Bent Arms on Friday night.

Come along and see us. Your Arts, Your Village and we need you.

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Stand Up

Same Day

Live music performed by Same Day

Same Day are a 5 piece alternative indie rock band based in Brighton (UK) known for their very exciting "rocket fuelled" live performance that demands the audience's attention from the get go and dynamically booming melodies riffs and lyrics


Newick Folk are unfortunately no longer able to join us for the Festival this year as previously advertised.

Jon McDevitt will now be playing at The Stand Up instead, from 8pm.

Jon mcdevittThe popular Jon McDevitt will be playing everything from Frank Sinatra to The Pogues, Buddy Holly to John Grant,  George Gershwin to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty to The Stone Roses... not to mention The Stones, The Beatles, The Kinks and other usual suspects. It's a fairly wide range of material, speaking both geographically and historically!








Stand Up

Live music

Live music from Jon McDevitt

Lindfield Arts Festival has attracted local talent who want to entertain the crowds and busk.

Check out the four Buskstops, Paolinos, SWALK, The Toll House and by The Pond

And if you want to busk for us - contact us as there may well be spaces for you to show off your talent.