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Hanover Day

The theme for this year is “The Hanging Gardens of Hanover”.

Come as a flower, a vegetable, a bug, a bee or a flower pot;

dress your street or your house with window boxes or hanging baskets;

hang your fantasy garden design from your bedroom window;

or interpret the theme any way you like!

The People’s Republic of Hanover plans to declare independence on Hanover Day. You will be able to get your passport in advance or at Passport Control if you are coming in from Outer Hanover. Holders of passports will get discounts on the day, and the child’s passport looks like being a great bargain. Look out for posters explaining how citizens can qualify in advance.

Performers booked so far include:

Want to book a stall?

Community and non-profit stalls can be booked by downloading our application form.

If you are a commercial enterprise, contact our events staff and tell them what you want to sell.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    June 29, 2009 9:36 am


    I have been waiting patiently for what seems like an eternity now for details of who will be performing on the day and where, yet with less than a week to go there is still no information of substance on this website.

    Am I looking at the wrong site? Is there another ‘Hanover Day’ site which will tell me what is happening on Hanover Day?

    I am also at a bit of a loss over the passport idea. The whole thing appears to be very poorly and confusingly explained here.

    If the day is as much of a shambles then at this rate we might as well all have a weekend away!

    • hanoverday permalink*
      June 29, 2009 11:45 am


      I’ll be posting some details of bands today, but they’ll still be subject to change. You see, we depend on people being prepared to perform for next to nothing (nothing at all, in some cases) so we understand that if a paying gig comes along, they’ll probably need to take it. It doesn’t seeem fair to list someone as appearing and then as having cancelled, when thay are only trying to make a living like everyone else.

      We can guarantee that the the final mix will be as interesting, diverse and local as you would expect.

      As for the passport, the “Independent Hanover” post explains that it costs £2 but it entitles you to discounts. The businesses signed up include the Southover Street pubs, Southover Wines, Famous Moe’s, Sea Breeze, Fanny’s Deli and the Meusli Mountain Market. So you should have no trouble getting a lot more than your £2 back. Plus you get a free entry into our prize draw. How can you resist?

  2. Alison permalink
    June 30, 2009 9:36 pm

    Thank you for getting back to me.

    Firstly may I say that had I been able to delete the last line of my first post, on reflection I would have, it was unfair. 🙂 x

    Secondly, sorry, I did not appreciate the limitations imposed on you regarding the bands, however, will there be any listing on here regarding who is actually playing where and when and if so – where and when please ;-).

    My confusion regarding the passport was, and still is, twofold :
    1) Is it only available to residents?
    2) If so, what details need to be shown to prove residency?

    Thank you.

    • hanoverday permalink*
      July 1, 2009 8:02 am

      There is a provisional listing of bands on the ‘Hanover Day Performers’ news post, and HanFest bands on the HanFest page. If you can’t see them, try the Refresh button on your browser. We’ll update the list again if we get any clearer about exactly who will be there on the day and which stage they will be on.

      As for the passport, anyone can get one (or more than one). No need to show residency.

      Thanks for commenting – it gives us a chance to clarify things that we haven’t communicated very well.

  3. Bent! permalink
    July 2, 2009 9:15 am

    What’s everyone up to tonight then?

    Lo l!1

  4. Alison permalink
    July 5, 2009 9:26 am

    So here we are, Hanover Day, 10.15am and still pretty much none the wiser.

    This website has been a real triumph of non-information this year and to be honest the only value I see in it in its currently unpopulated form is to showcase what happened in previous years.

    I love Hanover Day but having a young family I need to plan my day and evening around performances I would like to see. At this stage it is now unfortunately all a tad too late.

    There may be some who like the idea of the day as a big exciting treasure hunt but for some of us that is just not practical.

    Whilst I appreciate the volunteer nature of many of those involved, I know that all of the details will have now been finalised; I do not expect a shambles should I venture onto the streets, yet those details are not here – on the very website that has page headings to contain them, in spite of my requests for them.

    I do not wish to offend those who, in the ultimate, will probably have successfully pulled off a difficult task, yet at the same time I feel a strong need to ask if you can do a little better next time please.

    After all, Hanover Day is organised for the residents rather than for adding to the cv of others – isn’t it?

  5. Cat Woman permalink
    July 5, 2009 10:18 am

    Hi Alison

    I moved into Hanover late last year and was keenly looking forward to Hanover Day. Like you, I am mystified (what, where, who, when).

    Shall I wander out later looking for some local action? Or shall I take my book down to the beach for a lazy afternoon?

    Yours in confusion

    Bewildered Resident

  6. Bernie permalink
    July 6, 2009 12:12 pm

    Hi Alison and Cat Woman.

    Like you both I struggled to find out what was happening prior to the day but apart from that I have to give the organisers their due for putting on a superb day with some great music – both day and evening.
    In my opinion this years party was definitely ‘The Best Ever Yet’!

    Anyone who attended will probably know that leaflets detailing the acts and locations were available on the day from the Community Centre.
    From the sounds of it, we would all have found it extremely useful if a copy of that had been posted on this site beforehand.

    Videos to follow very soon at

    Just one question though :

    Drookit Dogs – what happened? We waited …

    Hey! Hopefully next year?

  7. monika macdonald permalink
    July 7, 2009 11:29 am

    I thought it was an absolute triumph. why would you need incredibly precise information anyway. a beautiful summer day, free bands etc.

    Going off at a bit of a tangent, can anyone tell me the name of the lampshade stall which was in coleman street.

  8. Alison permalink
    July 7, 2009 8:43 pm

    Hello Monika.

    “why would you need incredibly precise information anyway?”

    You do sound like you have little imagination beyond lampshades I’m afraid Monika.

    “incredibly precise” – any sort of precise would have been good. lol

    Oh how I feel the need to justify myself to you – not – haha

    How about

    1) 3 hours free babysitting on offer, which took me months to arrange, split across the day in 1 hour plus slots as long as I could give advance (precise – haha) warning?

    Not enough for you? Ok then…

    2) A desire to enjoy the day by spending my time watching bands that appeal to me rather than who you might think would be good for me?

    Still no good for you?

    Ok, how about

    3) Oh forget it! – If you can’t imagine then I’m almost certainly wasting my time explaining.

    BUT ; Please don’t tell me you are going to be on the organising committee again next year. LOL. No! Seriously. Please NO!!!!

  9. Pam permalink
    July 8, 2009 12:43 am

    Everyone’s invited to a review meeting on Friday (10th July) at 8pm in the community centre. Please come along, meet some of the people who were forced to cancel HD 2008, most of the people who organised HD 2009, and discuss what went well and what didn’t. There’ll be a bar (first drink free) and music. There may even be time to find out who’s able to start fundraising and planning HD 2010. Eleanor (Chair) has scheduled the initial planning meeting for Thursday 23rd July.

  10. Pam permalink
    July 8, 2009 12:53 am

    Alison – given the Sunday afternoon timing, we aimed to provide a range of entertainments that would enable families to enjoy the event together. We hadn’t thought in terms of people scheduling babysitters. Do come along on Friday and let us know what else could be done to meet the needs of people with caring responsibilities.

  11. Russell Erskine permalink
    April 9, 2018 3:19 pm

    Is there a possibility that our local blues band called Bluedog can play at the Hanover day party this year?
    You can see us on YouTube at Bluedog Portslade.
    We are from Hanover Terrace and nearby.
    We would love to play at the festival.
    With best regards,
    Russell Erskine.

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