Harbour Lights lantern procession © Phoebe Wingrove

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Newhaven Arts Growth Fund 2023

Meet the fund awardees for 2023

Theatre, music, heritage, young people and community: The Newhaven Arts Growth Fund seeds culture and creativity with grants for five local projects.

This is the second time that the Newhaven Enterprise Zone has funded an open access arts award and this year there were twice the number of applicants compared with last. The five successful grantees are some of the most exciting arts organisations working in Newhaven today.

Community arts organisation Hospitable Environment uses food and creativity to connect with local people through projects like the woodfired bread oven, and Soup & Social – their free shared meal and community conversation. Their award underpins the delivery of more opportunities and events in Newhaven through 2023 and beyond.

Ring in the New celebrates the restoration of Piddinghoe’s historic church bells. Composer Chris Moore (VOCES8) will collaborate with Tidemills Choir and Harbour Primary School to create a piece of music drawing on Piddinghoe’s stories gathered by student oral historians from Seahaven Academy. Project lead Ben May promises “a world premiere of aspirational and beautiful music” in Piddinghoe this July.

Ignite Theatre will fund their Christmas production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. “Over three years the Ignite players have worked hard to bring professional productions to the local community at affordable prices” says artistic director Lisa Fairfield. This award allows them to build on their success.

This November, youth theatre group Haven Young Creatives will create Newhaven Lights, a one-day family festival which director Siou Hannam hopes will become an annual fixture. “This funding gives us an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate winter time. Local artists will co-create a day of making lanterns and music, ending in a lantern procession that will light up the streets of Newhaven.”

Newhaven Festival is now in its 6th year. Together with funding from Newhaven Town Council, Festival Director Rhoda Funnell is curating another diverse line-up including Bicycle Ballet, music at the Bandstand, and a Glyndebourne Youth Opera event, plus a monthly What’s On guide.

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Harbour Lights photo: © Phoebe Wingrove

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