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.
Sponsors, 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.
Join Esther Featherstone for a taster of her new dance fitness class Swoove, which burns more calories by singing, whooping & moving. The dance steps are easy to follow and the music is a mixture of 80's & 90's classics & current chart hits.
South Downs Cellars opened its doors for the first time in August 2003. Our motivation was borne out of a desire to be able to buy quality wines at all price points that were not mass-produced, or available on the majority of the multiple off-licence retailers that dominated the scene at that time. Run only by quality, knowledgeable staff, we have built our business over the years, and now have two shops and a thriving wholesale business. Despite the significant growth in the business, we have stuck to our original principles of only selling high quality wines from the smaller, family-owned vineyards around the world, and are now shipping direct from over 15 different small, privately owned vineyards around Europe.
Fitsteps is the result of a collaboration between ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ professional dancers Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite and Britain’s most successful swimmer Mark Foster. It is a mix of the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the Latin dances to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit. It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.
The free workshop will be at the Community Hall, Lindfield Primary School 11-12 on Sunday 20th September if you would like to come and have a go.
A sensational way to keep children fit and healthy… it’s bundles of fun and educational too!
This phenomenal new fitness idea is designed to be an energetic, motivational and inspiring activity for children, encouraging them to keep fit and healthy by learning fun and funky dance moves they see all around them and relate to the moves in a positive way. Popsteps is a fantastic mix of commercial dance styles, including jazz funk, and the combination of uplifting music and high-energy moves to create a brilliant environment. For more information on Becky’s classes visit her website www.popsteps.com.
There will be a Popsteps demonstration outside of the Red Lion on Lindfield High Street on the Saturday followed by a free workshop 1-2 at the Community Hall, Lindfield Primary School on the Sunday if you would like to come and join in.
Team LAF are working hard behind the scenes. Not too many breaks with wine at the moment, but certainly everyone has a number of tasks to get done before the month of June is ended.
We have workshops arranged, Jacqui Smith is offering some design sessions at the new Barratts development in Gravelye Lane and the African Drumming workshop is back for another year too. Peter Voight is offering to show you how to mend your violin, something you really need to know.
The programme is getting very busy and we are so pleased to welcome back both old friends and performers once again. The Barefoot Players are showcasing 'Little Women' and the Mid Sussex Sinfonia are giving us a concert on Saturday night.
The Lindfield Plays will be fascinating to catch. Little snippets performed by local children and performers from all ages. Living out Lindfield's History.
Sponsors have kindly made it possible for most of the workshops to be FREE, all you need to do is register on the website and collect a ticket from SWALK when they are available in August.
Talking of sponsors, we have so far secured funding from:
Alex Wilson, Artist - Memorial Exhibition at Lindfield Arts Festival 19th September 2015
Alex Wilson, a prolific abstract artist died on 19th April 2015. Born in Scotland in the 1930’s he travelled and worked in a variety of occupations until he settled in Eastbourne, becoming a well respected coin expert and authoring a prestigious book about gold coins. A man brim full of humour and fun, he was also a chess champion, snooker player, avid music fan and yoga practioner.
He painted and sketched throughout his life and devoted much of his time in later years to his passion for art, creating a diverse portfolio of abstract works in acrylic, oil and pastel as well as sketches and collages. His diagnosis of Dementia with Lewy Bodies in 2008 affected him in many ways including tragically his ability to hold a brush or a pen.
We are honouring his talent by presenting a Memorial Exhibition of his work to support and promote Dementia UK. The charity funds the provision of Admiral Nurses to assist families affected by dementia. 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Dementia UK.
Alex exhibited around Sussex including at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and sold successfully. In September there will be an exhibition of original work in various sizes and media, both framed and unframed. Viewers will have an opportunity not only to enjoy his fascinating portfolio but also to buy the originals and order giclee prints of popular pieces.
The Lindfield Arts Festival has offered to host our exhibition free of charge and we hope to find sponsors to help with promotion, printing catalogues and to help fund the Private View. There is also a 'Just Giving' page for donations from people who can't join us in September.