Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival

Friday 22nd April - Saturday 30th April 2016

Celebrating ten years as a Fairtrade Town

Here you can find out more about the events in our eighth annual Fairtrade Festival

The Big Session
Friday 22nd April, 7.30pm
(doors open 7.00pm)

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

The Festival kicks off with what we call THE BIG SESSION - featuring four live bands and a real beer, wine and food festival atmosphere. On the bill we've got Spiral Earth award winners (best traditional album) The Askew Sisters; the Bonfire Radicals with their fresh and energetic approach to traditional tunes. Two Sussex bands complete the bill - Short Cover with an acoustic twist on popular songs, plus a furiously fast instrumental trio - The Red Star Thistles. With local real ales, Fairtrade wine, fresh juices and food it promises to be a great night out

Tickets £8.00 or £7.50 each for party of 4 or more or £6.50 each if you book Fay Hield tickets as well.

Call 01444 242888 or book online
You need to call the box office to book The Big Session and for Fay Hield together

Dance of Life - featuring The Rebirth Network
Saturday 23rd April, 11.00am (start time)
(Entry from 10.30)

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

The Rebirth Network is a fresh urban dance company that fuses hip-hop, contemporary, and dance theatre to create captivating and entertaining performances, pushing creative boundaries to explore deep and searching issues.

This shows includes dance academy, VB Dance, schools from Burgess Hill - Sheddingdean, Oakmeeds, Birchwood Grove, Manor Field and Southway - as well as the Rebirth Network

Tickets £4.00 (adults) and £2.00 (16 & under)

Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party
with support - Long Lankin
Saturday 23rd April, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Fay's choice of material and the delivery of it reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive. Touring with her band The Hurricane Party, with material from her latest album Old Adam, this evening will be a treat but that is what you would expect from this suberb BBC Radio 2 award winning and nominated artist. The evening opens with excellent four piece folk combination Long Lankin.

"Unadorned & quite exquisite" - Uncut Magazine
"Vibrant and impresses" - The Daily Telegraph

Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 concessions & £8.00 16 and under)
Remember if you book Fay Hield and The Big Session you can
get a discount off The Big Session

Great Festival line up: The Askew Sisters, Bonfire Radicals, Short Cover, The Red Star Thistles

Classics and Canapés
(with Helen Vidovich & Valerie Welbanks)
Sunday 24th April, 7.30pm (start)

The Woolpack Pub (Howard Avenue), Burgess Hill

Helen Vidovich (Flute) and Valerie Welbanks (Cello) are distinguised alumnae of the Royal Academy of Music London. Helen has been a soloist with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Performs with the Welsh National Opera and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Valerie plays with the European Chamber Music Academy and regularly performs as a recitalist in Canada, South Africa and the UK.

Tickets cost £7.50 (available at The Woolpack or the Help Point (Burgess Hill Town Council) or via this website

Music Quiz Night (with a Fairtrade twist)
Wednesday 27th April, 7.30pm (start)

The Woolpack Pub (Howard Avenue), Burgess Hill

Quizmaster and multi instrumentalist, Dan Whaley, hosts his regular Music quiz in The Woolpack but adds a Fairtrade twist. So come along with a team (up to six people) or join up with a team on the night and pit your wits against the other players.

Entry is £1.00 per person payable on the night. Cash prizes to the top 3 teams plus special Fairtrade prizes

Fairtrade Supper
Guest speaker Michael Gidney, CEO (Fairtrade Foundation)
Thursday 28th April,7.30pm

The Woolpack Pub (Howard Avenue), Burgess Hill

A two course supper in the relaxed setting of Grade II listed pub The Woolpack with a selection of of good Fairtrade wines. An after dinner speech from the Chief Executive of The Fairtrade Foundation who will bring insights into the work of Fairtrade. Supper costs £9.00 (set main course followed by choice of Fairtrade dessert (vegetarian main course option)

Son Guarachando plus DJ Leo Henriquez
Live Latin salsa night
Friday 29th April, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

Son Guarachando are top exponents of Cuban Son, Salsa and Latin Music working in the UK today. The band is fronted by vocalist Adrianna Lord from Havana, Cuba, a leading force on the Havana scene for well over a decade. Individually the band members have been at the top of the Latin Music scenes of Columbia, Spain, Cuba and the UK.
With Leo Henriquez, a well known Latin DJ playing between the live sets you can keep the Latin rhythms going late into
the night.

Please note that this is billed as a dance night so seating is limited so that there's a big enough dance floor.

Tickets £12.50 (single); £11.50 (each per couple); £10.00 (each party of 4 or more)

Festival Finale
London Community Gospel Choir
also featuring Julie Cameron-Hall & Nigel Cameron

Saturday 30th April, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

Internationally renowned Gospel Choir brings festival to a close

Internationally renowned and multi award winning London Community Gospel Choir closes the festival week. From humble beginnings in 1982 the choir has gone on to become Europe's leading Gospel choir and one of the most in demand choirs in Europe. The choir creates a wall of soulful sound that is memorable and inspirational. The choir regualrly graces many of the UK's greatest venues such as Wembley Stadium and Royal Albert Hall and are regulars at the Glastonbury Festival. The choir is the first point of call for a variety of major recording artists - including Madonna, Kylie, Sting, Brian May, Luther Vandross and Tina Turner. With a show opener from Julie Cameron-Hall and Nigel Cameron - prolific songwriters and internationally travelled worship leaders this will be a night to remember.

Tickets are £20.00 (£18.00 concessions; £10.00 16 & under)

London Community Gospel Choir