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In need of inspiration? Then why not take a trip to Hastings next weekend for HIFEST? The illustration festival is back, bigger and better than ever and featuring some of the finest creatives from the South Coast and beyond.

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HiFest is back, and takes place at various locations throughout Hastings on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December. As well as over 75 stalls selling a vast array of expertly illustrated goods (including books, zines, prints, cards, badges and ceramics), there's a great programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions and screenings to keep you amused, as well as live drawing happening throughout the weekend.

Visitors can look forward to presentations and panel discussions on subjects such as children's books, reportage, music and illustration, as well as HiFest's ever-popular panel talk, Girls That Draw. There'll also be a selection of family-friendly activities to keep the kiddiwinks entertained, including creative drawing with Lorna Scobie, Coffee Cup Characters with Scott Garrett and screenprinting with Little Mashers.

Benjamin Phillips returns with his highly popular live portrait-drawing sessions on Saturday and illustrators Fran Meneses and Nina Cosford will be hosting an interactive Drawing Date on Sunday.

Work on show throughout the festival will include award-winning reportage illustrator Tim King's original pieces from his Drawn On Real Life project documenting every day of 2016, and local illustrator Stewart Walton 's drawings made on stage at Glastonbury Festival over the years.

To add to the fun, this year sees an animation fringe festival taking place at The Palace on Hastings seafront, held in parallel with HiFest and offering a series of animation-based talks, screenings and activities.

And when you're done with all things illustration, why not check out the town's award-winning pier, or its award winning pub?

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Locations: The Printworks and other various participating venues around The America Ground, Hastings, including Hi-Store, The Palace, Cake Room and Wow and Flutter.

Tickets: £5 adult / £4 student / Under 16’s free

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