Already an iconic tourist destination thanks to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the launch of the inaugural Battle Arts & Music Festival in October 2014 is set to put the historic town of Battle in East Sussex on the international festival map.
Three major classical concerts feature world-class performers in stimulating, themed programmes. Performances by the Battle Festival Sinfonia, an ensemble specially formed for the Festival, feature musicians who regularly play with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and at Glyndebourne. These concerts take place within the grounds of Battle Abbey in the Abbot’s Hall at Battle Abbey School, and in the shadow of the Abbey at St Mary’s Church. Both venues are architecturally breathtaking and provide dramatic backdrops but, more importantly for the Festival, lend exceptional acoustics to the concerts.
To complement the major ticketed events, a diverse and informal Battle Fringe brings Battle’s restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, tea-rooms and outdoor spaces to life with events including jazz, rock, blues and poetry reading.
Additionally, visual arts exhibitions featuring international, regional and local artists will take place in the town’s galleries, exhibition spaces and restaurants.
The festival will run over a two week period, with highlight events on the weekend of 24-26 October. All just as the summer season has come to a close and the nights are beginning to draw in. There will be indoor and outdoor events throughout the day and evening, with candlelight, roaring log fires and locally sourced food and drink to give visitors a memorable taste of Battle and 1066 Country.