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A feast for the senses at this year’s LAF As summer is hotting up, so is the programme for the Lindfield Arts Festival. Next month sees the return of the eighth annual festival, and this year is looking bigger and better than ever. The High Street transforms with an abundance of activities, including the centre stage with a variety of performances including the return of the circus shows. Look out for the Dressed Ducks in the shop windows and, if you have ever wanted to learn to crochet or decoupage then Dolly's craft van will oblige. A fine art exhibition will be staged at Lindfield Primary Academy on Saturday and Sunday featuring work by talented local artists, with refreshments provided. On Saturday, innovative Robot

Relays see competitors enter an almighty battle of the bots on space hoppers, whilst supporters cheer from the hay bale amphitheatre. A mini festival of its own will take place at the United Reformed Church featuring a craft exhibition supported by Handelsbanken with locally crafted goods on offer. Diverse performances and workshops will take place, from drama, dance and creative writing to – wait for it – mutant toy hacking! What could be better than reinventing a toy slightly past its sell by date into a brand new creation? Think Toy Story on steroids! More activities are being confirmed, including two very special evening events on Friday night. The Coffee Works will host Poetry Night featuring a group of Sussex-

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based poets, including a former musician from the Ronnie Scots Club, which will set the stage for the festival on opening night. Meanwhile, Komedia regular Rob Dumbrell, will compère a Comedy Night at the Bent Arms, bringing along some well-known names from the comedy circuit. For all you budding comedians, there are a couple of 5 minute stand-up comedy sets up for grabs! Registration for workshops and events will go online in midAugust with SWALK acting as the Lindfield Box Office. If you would like to contribute in any way or exhibit, perform, play or volunteer during the festival weekend (8th, 9th, 10th September) please email enquiries@ lindfieldartsfestival.com or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information. Enquiries: 01342 300152 Please mention us when responding to adverts

Ashdown Forest Living August 2017 Issue