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The Performance Path (Short Route)

The Performance Path (Short Route) starts in the Italian Gardens, follows the seafront promenade, and ends in town at Printers Playhouse. Along the way, local dance artist Yanaëlle Thiran performs short pieces of choreography for you. Silent disco headsets will be provided, enabling you to hear the music chosen or composed for each dance. Between the performance locations, you will have the opportunity to talk to other walkers, and perhaps share what these dances and pieces of music evoked for you. Yanaëlle will also tell you how local landmarks like the Towner gallery inspire her movements. When returning your headsets to Printers Playhouse, you will be invited to respond to the dances creatively, for examples by writing, drawing, or creating a collage of photos taken on the walk. Local artist Loupe Cooper will gather some of your creations in a booklet, to document a range of experiences of The Performance Path.

This walk was first offered at Eastbourne Walking Festival 2022. The long and short versions presented this year are supported by Arts Council England and East Sussex Arts Partnership.For more information and a video trailer, please browse the web page below: https://yanaellethiran.wordpress.com/portfolio/the-performance-path-2022/

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate distance: 1.7 miles

Start time: 11am

Approximate finish time: 12:30pm

Exact meeting point: Italian Gardens, 53 King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, BN20 7XB

Public transport to/from meeting point: The nearest bus stops to the meeting point are All Saints, Hospital Gardens and Foot of Beachy Head. They are all within 5 minutes walk of the Italian Gardens and served by bus routes 3 and 3A.

Please ensure you wear appropriate walking footwear and enough water for the walk. There are several cafes at the end of the walk on Grove Road. Toilet facilities can be found at the end of the walk in Printers Playhouse.

Not wheelchair friendly.

Dogs not permitted.