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Monday 30 October 2017

Oska Bright Film Festival: Brighton's Old Market Screens Over 100 Films Made By Or Featuring Learning Disabled People.

Oska Bright Film Festival is the leading international festival of films made by, or featuring, people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

Now in its eighth edition, the biennial Oska Bright runs over three days, shows one-hundred plus films from around the world and welcomes 3,000 people.

This year an extensive programme includes a new LGBTQ+ screening, Q&A's with directors and film makers and a digital art installation Four Solos in the Wild, four powerful dances on film, created and performed by dancers from Arty Party.

The star-studded awards ceremony features a performance by the sensational Daniel Wakeford. 

Launching the 2017 festival is a selection of Queer Freedom shorts, celebrating the queer learning disabled community followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers. 

This is followed by the UK Premiere of Sanctuary, an award-winning feature from Ireland about sex, love, friends and freedom - things we take for granted - but for Larry with Downs Syndrome and Sophie with epilepsy it is a mountain to climb.

Thursday morning is Young People's Day, in partnership with Arts Awards and Team Domenica whose young programmers have curated a range of shorts from around the world. 

Oska Bright has a long history of championing animators. Thursday afternoon's screening brings together long term submitters and new talent followed by a Q&A. 

Thursday evening it's all about Dreams, including Man Without Direction, from Sweden - a dark, surrealistic journey with black comedy inspired by Dante"s Inferno. 

Friday's screenings include documentaries, art films and a selection from Canada, culminating with an awards ceremony at which winning film-makers are celebrated.

The off festival programme includes screenings at Lewes Depot in collaboration with HOUSE Biennial, and at Towner in collaboration with Cinecity. 

At the Regency Town House, learning disabled artists Will Hanekom and Sarah Watson show new work on the theme of Wonderland; a HOUSE Biennial associate exhibition.

"We're thrilled to be presenting some of the best work we"ve ever seen – so come along and get ready to lose your head at the most out there film festival on the planet." Becky Bruzas (Festival Director) and Matthew Hellett (Festival Programmer)

Oska Film Festival at The Old Market, Hove, from Wednesday 15th November to Friday 17th November 2017. Tickets are £5 per screening or save money with a 3-day Festival Pass for £30.

by: Mike Cobley


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RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

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In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
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Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.
Pic By Jasmine L Dunne

In the summer of 1969, Clarice looks back on her turbulent life. Having experienced a sheltered upbringing, the events that followed have left her with a feeling that the world around her was moving too fast. 

Brighton author Elly Griffiths is offering crime fans the chance to become immortalised in the pages of her next novel, in support of the Get in Character campaign for CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children.

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