Online Festival Programme in collaboration with Isolation Station Hastings

Festival Opening Event: Bavard Bar Welcomes the Fool
7pm Thurs 1st April, 2021: FREE EVENT

Bavard Bar, the renowned talk platform on the south coast of England, launches 18 days of festival exploration of Edward Lear’s nonsense with 3 speakers from around the world eager to demonstrate that the fool is the wise one in the court of the April Fool.

Link to event recording.

Nuts About Lear Virtual Gallery Private View
7pm Monday 5th April, 2021: FREE EVENT

This new online gallery exhibition of cutlery doodles, inspired by Lear’s The Nutcrackers and The Sugar Tongs, goes live on our web site at 7pm on Monday 5 April for the duration of the festival. Community members have been diving into their cutlery drawers, dropping items they fish out on to paper and letting their imagination run away in a doodle, just as Lear’s nutcrackers and sugar tongs reinvent their identity on a wild ride road trip! This project was created by artists Erin Brookes-Doolan, Hannah Collisson, Maya Coombs and Alison Cooper and the gallery exhibition created in Artssteps by Hannah Collisson and Maya Coombs, supported by Esme Fisher.
Private view tickets, free on Eventbrite.

Cranks Cogs and Cams Virtual Gallery Private View
7pm Tuesday 6th April, 2021: FREE EVENT

Artist Esme Fisher’s new online exhibition, Cranks, Cogs and Cams: the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World, with composition by Frank Moon, goes live at 7pm for the duration of the festival. The gallery is built from automata made in one of Cabaret Mecahnical Theatre’s workshop projects with mixed makers and creators from the community, responding to Lear’s round the world story. This work has been supported by artists, Erica Smith and Cliff Crawford.
Private view tickets, free on Eventbrite.

Lear the Musician Reinvented
7pm Thurs 8th April, 2021: FREE EVENT

Edward Lear was a flautist, guitarist, accordian and piano player whose musical compositions included songs that Tennyson rated as the best created using his poetry. Most of it is now lost. Hastings Thrives Nonsense Gardens and Sea of Dreams projects create new songs using the work of Lear as a springboard. Online at 7pm on the Isolation Station Hastings Facebook page.
MC: Lily Kim

7pm Thurs 15th April, 2021: FREE EVENT

Writers from St Leonards on Sea’s rich and diverse array of writing groups and poetry collectives gather to share work inspired by Lear’s nonsense anthology, written in various explorations during the festival. Authors living in the town read their favourite Lear poems from the anthology. You may be surprised at who is a Lear fan! Interspersed with songs inspired by Lear composed and performed by students from Hastings Contemporary Music School – with animations by Cliff Crawford.
MC: Lucas the Peaceful Poet
All are welcome to join (100 maximum)
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 879 6392 3789
Passcode: 772172

Festival Closing Event: Lear Was Here
7pm Sunday 18th April 2021: FREE EVENT

Edward Lear’s diaries and letters reveal that Lear fell in love with Hastings and St Leonards on Sea during his many visits to this area over 30 years. We close the festival with an action-packed online show that brings together 18 days of creative explorations of his work by a town and its (online) visitors from all over the world together with a celebration of Lear's fascinating accounts of eating weird and wonderful dinners in dodgy lodgings on the Marina, gadding about with the Pre-Raphaelites, “puddling along a shingly beach” and “hopping all the way to Hastings." This event premieres three new works by festival band, The Limbs of Romney.

Lear Was Here on Isolation Station Hastings

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