Friday, 21 July 2017

Hollywood Comes To East Grinstead!

Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead
Saint Hill International Arts Festival hosted by Hollywood celebrities, this year includes a UK premiere film screening

East Grinstead - Now in its 26th year, the Saint Hill International Arts Festival takes place from Sunday 30th July to Sunday 6th August 2017 at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead.

This year, the Festival is hosted by Hollywood actor, comedian and master impressionist, Jim Meskimen; his actress wife, Tamra Meskimen; producer, writer, director, Cass Warner (granddaughter of Harry Warner, President and Founder of the Warner Bros. Studios); and a team of local artists.
Tom Hardy and The Blaze Ensemble
The Festival opens with performances of Beethoven’s “Septet for Wind and Strings” and Carl Nielsen’s “Serenata In Vano” by bassoonist Tom Hardy and the 25-piece The Blaze Ensemble. At some point during the concert, Sheila Gaiman, the Festival's Executive Producer, will continue her tradition of presenting one of the artists at the Festival with a Lifetime of Creativity Award. Previous winners include artist Carl-W. Röhrig and bassoonist Tom Hardy.
Highlights of the rest of the week include workshops on creativity, poetry, singing, selling your art, stage manners and drawing, with evening performances every day and even an arts quiz.

Jim and Tamra Meskimen
Jim and Tamra Meskimen will also deliver a daily series of acting workshops, based on the techniques of The Acting Center, a renowned Los Angeles acting school which Tamra founded. The Acting Center school’s techniques have provided invaluable grounding for numerous actors now rising through the ranks of the movie industry.  They are great fun and provide solid grounding for beginners and professionals alike, without the criticism and harsh evaluation of other schools. The classes will be split each day between Acting and Improvisational Acting. (These workshops are not appropriate for anyone under the age of 13.)

Cass Warner's "The Brothers Warner"
On Monday night, Cass Warner will introduce the UK premiere of her film, “The Brothers Warner” which she wrote, directed and produced. It is an intimate portrait of the four film pioneers who founded and ran Warner Bros. Studios for over 50 years. Cass will also hold an open forum the following morning where attendees can meet her and ask her about her life in Hollywood.

The Festival closes with the Summertime Swing 2017 hosted by the world’s favourite swing band, East Grinstead’s very own The Jive Aces in the grounds of Saint Hill Manor.

Sheila Gaiman said about this year's Festival: "We're extremely lucky to have such talented artists attend our Festival from all over the world every year, artists who understand the importance of art and who are so willing to help others with their art. We are very grateful to international artists Jim Meskimen, Tamra Meskimen and Cass Warner and local artists Gill Bustamante, Mira Reichl, Jane Moore, Kevin Tyson, Evelyne Herbin, Brian King and Jurgita Gerlikaite who are all so generously donating their time at this year's Festival."

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival was inspired by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who strongly encouraged cultural revitalisation through the arts.

Prices:  Ticket for the week £80, per day including workshops and evening concerts etc £20, or £10 per workshop only.

Saint Hill Manor, the former home of L. Ron Hubbard and host of the annual Saint Hill International Arts Festival, located just outside East Grinstead, is a fine 18th-century sandstone building. Concerts, plays, conferences and other events regularly take place here and it is also one of the few historical attractions to remain open to the public throughout the year. Saint Hill Manor is also the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in the UK.
Address: Saint Hill Manor, Saint Hill Green, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4JY

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