Sweet and Dandy are now the owners of…


This press release was issued on behalf of Hastings Borough Council

Exciting development for Coastal Currents Arts Festival

Coastal Currents Arts Festival was initiated 16 years ago by Hastings Borough Council and run directly for many years. For the last 9 years the council has commissioned independent producers to deliver the festival and from 2017 the event will become fully independent.

Following an open tender process, Hastings Borough Council has assigned all the rights of Coastal Currents to Hastings based Sweet and Dandy Ltd, including the brand and intellectual property rights. This will enable longer term planning and development which is difficult under the current biannual commissioning model.  Sweet and Dandy have been central to developing the festival over the past five years and are full of ideas for the future.

Tina Morris, Director of Sweet and Dandy, says “I am delighted to be able to look after the future of Coastal Currents after five years developing the festival on behalf of Hastings Borough Council. I am passionate about the arts in Sussex and especially proud of the creativity and community of Hastings and St Leonards in helping make this festival special.  The work of our partners Creative Coast and Home Live Arts, the public’s support, generosity of venue owners, involvement of businesses and contribution of the whole creative community cannot be underestimated in the continued success of this home grown festival, so I look forward to involving as many of you as possible again in 2017.”

Cllr Dawn Poole, Lead Member for Regeneration and Culture commented, “This is a great opportunity for Coastal Currents and Sweet and Dandy. Hastings Council has committed to supporting the festival in the immediate future and looks forward to seeing the festival move from strength to strength in the coming years.”

This year’s festival will run from 2nd September – 1st October with the popular Open Studios weekends on 2/3 and 9/10 September.  See www.coastalcurrents.org.uk for the latest updates.