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August 17th, 2018.

The first ever Newhaven Festival kicks off tomorrow, Saturday the 18th of August and runs for two whole weeks through to Sunday, September the 2nd.

The festival includes 16 independently curated arts events, plus ten open houses.

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Events schedule:

OPEN CALL- Open today and daily to September the 2nd

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.

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

BIRD BATH- 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

OPEN AIR MOVIE NIGHT AT THE FORT - Saturday August 18th. 7pm – 11pm
Back To The Future!
A truly unique and stunning setting for our film screenings this summer, sit back relax as the sun sets over the Fort, have a look around the Fort before the film starts. Listen to fantastic live music that we provide before every film screening we do.

With the help of a wacky scientist, a young teen travels back to 1955 in a Delorean turned time-machine. Once there, he meets his parents, still teenagers, but his presence throws things out-of-whack and he must ensure they fall in love and get married or else he'll never come to exist.

Gates open at 7pm - Film starts at 8.30pm

See more at

SPEAK EASY- August 19th- 10.30 – 4.30

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.

Just take a chance and turn up at the RNLI, West Quay.

Look Up Newhaven! with Dr Cara Courage - Sunday August 19th. 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

Newhaven Secret Edgelands Walk - Sunday 19th. 3pm6pm
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

COLOUR IN NATURE WALK - Tuesday August 21st. 10.00am -12.30pm

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

See more at 

Salon 69 - 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.

We are stepping out of the sitting room into the RNLI building situated on the River Ouse, in Newhaven. Home to our heroic lifeboatmen.

Email for further information.

Tickets; £10 (includes supper)

CHALK UP THE TOWN! - FAMILY ACTIVITY- August 25th. 10am-1.00pm
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.

WATERBORNE - 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. 2.00pm - 5.00pm
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.

FILM – THREE COLOURS WHITE. Saturday August 25th. 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Three Colours Blue, White, Red – a rare opportunity to see all three of these Art House classics.

Screenings will be introduced by professional colour theorists

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.

SIT THE DOWNS- Sunday August 26th. SOLD OUT

FESTIVAL of BELONGING - Monday August 27th. 10.00am – 6.00pm
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 10.00am 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  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.

AEOLIAN TALK - Sunday September 2nd. 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Fort Process Dispersion presents: aeolian talk with Max Eastley, an artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form.

Venue- UTC Harbourside.

Book your FREE place