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Monday 11 December 2017

Kate Tempest Talks Community As Your Place Returns For Brighton Festival 2018

Brighton Festival's Your Place - two weekends of free entertainment in Hangleton and East Brighton, is set to return for 2018 following last year's inaugural programme.

Hosted by local community centres, and programmed in collaboration with local residents and artists, Your Place brought a diverse line-up of free performances, workshops and activities to the Hangleton and East Brighton communities. 

Over 2000 people took part in Your Place across the two weekends, with participants describing the experience as 'inspiring' and 'energising'.
Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director Kate Tempest said of the thinking behind the initiative: 

"We thought it was important that as well as having this very exciting, cosmopolitan festival happening in the city centre, with all this buzz and hype and all this energy that gets built up from people seeing something, spilling out on to the street, it also represented the wider population of Brighton who maybe can"t afford to get in to the city centre. 

"We wanted to bring a bit of what was happening in the Brighton Festival out to a bit more of Brighton." 

This year's highlights included workshops and performances from Kate Tempest, acclaimed photographer Eddie Otchere, award-winning poetry slam champion Tommy Sissons, Appalachian folk artists Anna and Elizabeth and a new Brighton Festival commission from Three Score Dance and Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance company.

Valerie Foucher, Hangleton Community Centre Manager and a member of the Steering Group said: 

"When we were told our premises had been chosen for Your Place it was fantastic news yet we were so far from imagining that it would be such a collaborative process. 

"Bringing an entire weekend of workshops and performances with so many talented artists and a technical and front house back up of such high standard, not to mention having Kate Tempest perform her Let Them Eat Chaos album was so amazing we still haven't fully recovered from it. 

"Most importantly it has inspired us.Your Place has opened a door that we do not want to close again."

Brighton Festival and Brighton People's Theatre are currently looking for small-scale performances, workshops or exhibitions by local community groups, schools, youth groups and local artists living in Hangleton or East Brighton, as well as professional artists to be a part of Your Place 2018.

Your Place 2018 will take place in Hangleton Community Centre and Hangleton Park (19-20 May 2018) and Manor Gym, basketball court and playing fields in East Brighton (26-27 May). For more info CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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