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Battle Festival

Classical concerts, visual arts, music, culinary, choral talks, poetry, film, fringe & more – all at Battle Festival 2017

Battle Festival has quickly become regarded as a cultural gem in 1066 Country’s calendar. With a diverse, family-friendly focus, the festival will stage an eclectic range of events and activities throughout October.

For the launch event on Saturday 7 October, award-winning producers Beautiful Creatives will kick-start the festival with an outstanding new production, The Winter Giant, which will bring a 20ft giant puppet into town alongside 100+ singers, musicians, actors and a community lantern procession. 

The festival features world-class classical concerts by some of the UK's fnest chamber musicians and soloists, including Primrose Piano Quartet, opera singer Louise Winter, clarinettist Michael Collins, and a magical family concert featuring principal players from major London orchestras.

International dancer and choreographer Joseph Toonga showcases his potent mix of styles - including hip-hop dance and physical theatre - in a breathtaking new work.

Indigenous People - featuring the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers - will bring song and dance from Ghana, Gabon and Namibia, and share their traditional dance, music and culture.

Guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla, one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion, supported by Sean De Burca, who has been named as one of the world;s greatest young guitarists.

Visual arts take centre stage with Martin Brockman as the festival's artist in residence, showcasing a range of works on paper, woodblock prints, ceramics, kilns and three-dimensional works in wood.  There is an exhibition and new commission from world-renowned papercut artist Ian Penney; a contemporary outdoor installation by Sam Peacock, shown before being exhibited at the Science Museum in London; and a unique take on Battle Abbey by oil painter Andy Hamblin.

Opening event - The Winter Giant - 7 October

Fine Art Painting - 1 October

The Bloomsbury Group and Beyond - 2 - 31 October

PURE Autumn Fine Art Fair - 7 - 15 October

Martin Brockman, Artist in Residence - 7 - 28 October

Celebrating 60 Years Since Sputnik - 8 October

A Night with Joseph Toonga - 19 October

Indigenous People - 20 October

Mt. Desolation, 21 October

Blast Science - The Sound Show - 25 October

Battle Festival Sinfonia - MAGIC - 29 October

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