A complete line up of the first ever group arts festival across Newhaven Town - August 18th - September 2nd
16 independently curated arts events plus 10 open houses - As regeneration money starts to pour into Newhaven, the Town Council have launched it’s own festival to highlight the talent and creative energy already in the town. Taking place during Artwave there are also 10 open house arts venues.
Keen to represent that which already exists, most events are by local residents. In response to this industrial town where people are often overlooked in favour of controversial industry such as the incinerator, Newhaveners show that the community is strong and committed. Newhaven’s secrets are revealed with walks, talks and experiences to lift the soul and entertain. Everyone is welcome.
Newhaven Open Call is a new and exciting artist led initiative inviting local people and visitors to the area to make a new piece of art about Newhaven.
One piece of work from each participant will be exhibited at UTC, Harbourside, Newhaven during the last weekend in August and the first weekend of September and is an Artwave event.
The idea is to make art, in any medium based on a personal experience of being in the town, responding to locations, artefacts, nature, or social or political agendas.
There will be two workshops in July to help those that are less familiar with making art. There will also be a drawing event at Newhaven Museum.
These guidelines can be collected from Newhaven Town Council Offices. 18, Fort Road, Newhaven. Also from The Newhaven Museum at Paradise Park (please check opening times) or download from www.newhavenprojects.co.uk
Parasol making workshop
Wednesday August 15th – 10am – 4.30pm
Come and use your enthusiasm and creativity to make a stunning processional umbrella to twirl on Bank Holiday Monday for the Belonging Festival. Located at The Hillcrest Centre and run by Carol Havard of SMART ART, children and adults are welcome to come and adorn an umbrella.
10.30 - 12 Families with children up to the age of 18
1 - 2.30 Families with children up to the age of 18
3 - 4.30 13 years and over without parents
Book your FREE place
August 18th & 19th
On Sunday 19th August, as part of the opening programme of the Festival, Alistair Appleton will be interviewing inhabitants of Newhaven (or fans of the place) in an intimate one-on-one setting, to speak all your thoughts and views on the town and surrounding landscape of Newhaven.
What’s your favourite part of the town? What’s the downside of living here?
What happened for you here? Is there a magic spot that summons memories for you?
In sessions from 1 minute to a maximum of 5, Alistair will facilitate and encourage people to express themselves either on video or audio. Depending on mood, you can decide which on the day! So it’s an intimate chat - but also saved for posterity. If you’re happy, your interview will then be woven together into a montage of Newhaveners talking about their town.
Email in advance, or come along on the day if you feel you'd like to say something about this special town.
Alistair Appleton is a broadcaster, psychotherapist and meditation teacher.
10.30am - 4.30pm
Just take a chance and turn up, or email:
August 18th-24th- 10.30am- 5.30pm
For the first week of the Newhaven Festival from Saturday 18th till Friday the 24th St. Michael’s church is being transformed into a restorative space to bathe in the sound of Newhaven birdsong. From morning till evening the church is going to be filled with field recordings of birdsong taken in the hills, cliffs and woodlands surrounding our town. By Newhaven acoustic artist Alice Eldridge and the kind support of Rev. Martin Miller and members of St. Michael’s congregation.
Book to volunteer as a guardian during the event in the church via the website
Look Up Newhaven Urban Ramble
Sunday 19th August 11am-12.30
Fort Process Dispersion presents: Look Up Newhaven with Dr Cara Courage - an informal urban ramble through Newhaven to take in architectural history and details one storey or more up. The ramble will be led by all, participants encouraged to come with their own local knowledge and favourite buildings and places to add to the route. Meet at the train station for an 11 am prompt start. The ramble will last approximately 1.5 hours and will include some inclines.
Book your FREE place via the website
Newhaven Secret Edgelands Walk
Sunday 19th – 3pm – 6pm
Join professional storyteller Jamie Crawford to tread a path of constant surprises between town & country on this wide ranging walk around Newhaven. The walk will be punctuated with breaks to hear stories of Newhaven, the Ouse Valley and beyond and will end on Newhaven West Beach with a good pub close to hand and a community beach party nearby.
Book via the website
Sunday August 19th - 6-10PM
Due to a huge response, we are currently having to upgrade the arrangements for Beach Party. Please check before coming to check the event is still taking place
www.newhavenfestival.co.uk . facebook: newhaven festival
To mark the beginning of the Newhaven Festival and the warmth of the summer, you are all invited to join the community on the West Beach in Newhaven.
Starting at 6pm, there will be a fire pit, singing, percussion, dancing, music and freshly cooked food. This will be on sale or do bring your own picnic.
Live bands will be playing.
If you sing or play instruments, we hope for some spontaneous performances.
If weather very wet or windy it will not take place.
Colour in Nature
Walk, see, find and create is a free event as part of Artwave on Tuesday 21 August – Bollens Bush Nature Reserve 10:00 – 12:30 Led by LDC Ranger and artist Jacky Misson
Friday 24th August 6.30-9pm
Thrice to Thrine, and Thrice to Mine, and Thrice Again to Make up 9 Stories of distinction, fantasy and adventure recounted live with just two rules: no scripts and only NINE minutes each.
We invite you to listen to 6 unique and varied acts for a strict 9 minutes each. A homemade locally sourced tasty supper will be served after the acts. The 6 x 9 Salon has popped up in many homes through London, Lewes, and has now arrived in Newhaven – an industrial and beautiful town on the East Sussex coast.
We are stepping out of the sitting room into the RNLI building situated on the River Ouse, in Newhaven. Home to our heroic lifeboatmen.
Tickets; £10 (includes supper)
CHALK UP THE TOWN!
August 25th 10am-1pm
A fabulous holiday activity for families to arrive and add some colour to their somewhat sad and lonely town centre.
The theme of Artwave this year is COLOUR so we hope that locals and visitors may enjoy getting creative and chalking on the pavements, ready for the arrival on Bank Holiday of the amazing, colourful Festival of Belonging. All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. With some expert guidance from Madeleine McClellan and Melanie Crawshaw make your colourful mark on the town.
Book your FREE place to be sure or turn up.
Saturday August 25th . 10am-6pm
Visit the Newhaven Gig Club and enjoy the waterborne activities of this amazing, young club. Accelerating in the past eighteen months to two boats and counting, this young community led group welcome people of all ages to get down and sweaty in the name of health and wellbeing. Raise your competitive spirit or just get a sense of incredible wellbeing.
On this day however, come and witness our very first regatta with visiting crews and lots of excitement as gigs race to Southease and back, out to sea and back to Newhaven.
Lots of fun for absolutely everyone.
COMMUNITY MOASIC MAKING
AUGUST 25/26/27 2pm-5pm
Three workshops over three days.
Help make and replace the Chapel Street mosaics.
Newhaven Fort Activity Room
Sat 25th - 2pm-5pm
Sunday 26th - 2pm-5pm
Monday 27th - 2pm-5pm
All ages and abilities welcome!
SIT THE DOWNS
Sunday August 26th 8am-9.30am
Inspired by his love of the South Downs around Newhaven and his work as a meditation teacher, Alistair Appleton is leading a group meditation practice on the cliffs by the Newhaven Fort.
Weather permitting it will be on Sunday morning on the 26th August.
We’ll meet at the roundel on the way up to the Fort and talk about the practice - “Breathing up from the Earth” - and then head up to the Nature Reserve to practice. Once we’re done we’ll gather for a debrief and some tea.
Book your free place
Alistair Appleton is a broadcaster, psychotherapist and meditation teacher
FESTIVAL of BELONGING
Monday August 27th 10am – 6pm
The first (and most definitely not the last) Newhaven Festival of Belonging.
Organised by local professionals Anthony Peters and Nicki Day, this promises to be a Bank Holiday to remember.
Gather in Newhaven Town Centre for 10am and join the colourful procession including Newhaven's best, Earthquake Drummers, Bonfire Society, Town Crier and the children carrying their bespoke umbrellas. There will be a real buzz as the atmosphere rises and in celebration of what Newhaven means to everyone and as part of the fabulous Morag Myerscough project, the procession will work its way to the RNLI building where Haven Harmonies will sing, and the procession will continue up to The Fort.
On this ONE DAY ONLY the entrance to The Fort is FREE and you will experience music, singing, dance, fabulous food, stall holders, puppets and much more. Celebrate your own sense of belonging and wrap yourself in the atmosphere as Newhaven welcomes the Bandstand. The spirit of Los Angeles artist Corita Kent has been channelled with this project, inviting locals to reflect on the concept of ‘belonging’ by making banners to adorn its crown. The project accompanies the exhibition Get With The Action: Corita Kent, showing at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft from 5 May – 14 October 2018.
Sunday September 2nd – 2pm-3pm
Fort Process Dispersion presents: Aeolian talk with Max Eastley, an artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. Starting at 2pm, the talk will be approx 1 hour long with a 30 minute discussion afterwards.
Aeolian talk at UTC Harbourside
Book your FREE place
August 25th 7-9pm
Three Colours Blue, White, Red – a rare opportunity to see all three of these Art House classics screened in three different cinemas over consecutive Saturdays as part of Artwave 2018.
Screenings will be introduced by professional colour theorists – looking in more depth at the history of each colour.
Saturday 18 August
Three Colours Blue
Saturday 25 August
Three Colours White – Krzysztof Kieslowski
Hillcrest Cinema, Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven
Spinning her amazing Colour Wheel, art historian Alexandra Loske will provide a brief history of colour to precede the screening of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s film Three Colours: White at Hillcrest Cinema, and will talk about our very special relationship with the colour white.
The Hillcrest Cafe will be open for food.
Saturday 2 September
Three Colours Red
Towner Film, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.
For more information on this and other Artwave events see
Supported by Lewes District Council