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Today is People’s Day at the Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3FJ

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Hastings’ Stade Saturdays series – the outdoor events for everyone – takes a home grown twist this week, with the ever popular Eight Foot Square Day, presented by Parrabbola

This is the performance day for local people and groups. Whether it’s musical, dramatic, exotic or a little bit strange, see the people of Hastings and St Leonards take their chance to show what they can do – arts and performance wise – in a space that’s only 8 x 8 – the same size as the nearby iconic fishermen’s net shops.

There will be lots to see and do all afternoon – come and make puppets for stop animation films, try your skill at hula hooping. There will be circus skills from the Improbable Circus and why not get your face painted with Fran?

Our Eight Foot Square Stade Saturday begins with a guest performance from The Shout Project – a new type of performance that allows you to step into the world of young people who live in the town, discovering their stories, their dreams and their realities. It’s an adventure that will show you Hastings, trough different eyes. And it concludes in the evening with a flashmob Fitness Rave – a chance to get active, and performances from Hula Hooper extraordinaire Angie Mackman.

During the past few months, the Parrabbola team have been working with The Craftimation Factory to take puppet making workshops into local community groups. We’ve worked right across Hastings and St Leonards, with groups of all ages and have made some amazing characters. Now, we’re going to use the puppets we’ve made to develop some stop animation films, which we’ll screen on the day. So come and join in – make a puppet, make a film.

Musicians – there’s an open mike slot running through the day from 3.00 pm as well, just come down and we’ll put you on our Eight Foot Square stage.

And if anyone else has something they’d like to try in an Eight Foot Square space, then come and collect some marker ribbons and join in too – everyone is welcome, and best of all – it’s all free as part of the Stade Saturdays series, funded and commissioned by Hastings Borough Council and co programmed by Parrabbola.

Eight Foot Square activities start at 2.00 pm and before that there’s the Coastal Currents performance from Reckless Sleepers at 1.00 pm. Activities and performances will conclude at 8.00 pm.


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The Craftimation Factory proving you are never too old to enjoy making puppets!

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Over 60 designer puppets were made by folk of all ages on a gorgeous day at Alexander Park celebrating and promoting playtime. With grateful thanks to Janey Moffat & The Craftimation Factory for providing the knitted bodies and a great partnership. Meet some of the manypuppets made; here are Super Bonkers, the Secret Ninja, Bella and Monsieur Frog…

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Throughout August Eight Foot Square is visiting various groups and working with the public around Hastings with The Craftimation Factory making puppets. We have already visited The Isabel Blackman Day Centre on Old Town and spent the day making over 60 puppets at Alexandra Park’s National Play Day. Come and join us on Thursday 28th August for the family session held at The Bridge Community Centre 10-1pm or if you are aged 8-13 see you at Hastings Adventure Playground, Ore in the afternoon 3.30-5.30pm. All materials provided.


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Inspired by the fishermen of Hastings responded to the challenge of how to dry their nets in a limited footprint of 8ft square between the cliffs and the beach, building their huts three storey high, our project looks to see what other people in the area can creatively do in 8ft square.

Request your free 8ft long ribbon to measure out your own eight foot square space. Experiment; create your own performance, installation, exhibition or workshop, individually or in a group. Then book your square for SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 2014 on The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings. All good family friendly fun, everyone is welcome to join in.

To be sent a ribbon or make a booking please e-mail

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Posted: December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you’re keen to see the film made of the 8FS Free Running workshops held earlier in the year, it’s now up on the Parrabbola Vimeo site.

Enjoy – it’s great fun