MUSIC: Spring celebration in Worthing

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ENVIRONMENTAL campaign group The Worthing Downlanders are staging a musical springtime celebration of the Sussex Downland on Sunday, March 20, from 3-9pm at The Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road, Worthing.

Spokesman Trevor Hodgson said: “Ostara is a solar festival, being one of two days in the year when day and night are of equal length.

“Spring is here, and new life is starting to appear all around us.

“Days will now lengthen, and light will triumph over the darkness of winter!

“Whilst primarily being a campaign group promoting and safeguarding our Downland, we have also organised a wide range of social and entertainment events this year, the first of which is the inaugural Ostara Spring Equinox Music Festival.

“We are hopeful that this will be a growing annual celebratory music event in Worthing.

“The entertainment ranges from traditional to electronic folk, including exciting new folk-hop group Yew 3ree; double-bass player extraordinaire Gary Holder with his group 3 of Us; pub circuit regulars, folk duo Magda and Peter; a superb solo acoustic performance from Ruby Taylor, leader of the band Tin Roots; traditional Sussex folk songs from Emily and the Hares; Richard Jefferies readings and songs from Paul Deacon, and

traditional Morris dancing from Sompting Village Morris.”

From 3-7pm, the day offers live music performances and dance and from 7-9pm open mic and music jam, food, chat, chill time, ambient music.

Admission costs £7 in advance, £8 on the door, £5 for Worthing Downlander members, and children under 16 are free.

Join Worthing Downlanders on the day for £10, admission included.

Email info@worthingdownlanders.org.uk for details on how to buy in advance.

Full details of the Ostara festival and all 2011 events at www.worthingdownlanders.org.uk (see external link to the top right of this story).