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Thursday 11 May 2017

Your Place Brings Diverse Line-Up Of Events To Brighton Communities Care Of Kate Tempest

As part of a new partnership with Brighton People's Theatre, Brighton Festival has been working with local residents and festival artists to programme an exciting and diverse line-up of free music, dance, theatre and spoken word in the Hangleton and East Brighton communities. 

This programme plays a critical part of Kate Tempest's vision for this year's Brighton Festival of enabling as many people in the city as possible to access the festival. 

Kate Tempest, Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director says 

"I 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, 

"I wanted it to also represent the wider population of Brighton who maybe can"t afford to get in to the city centre. I wanted to bring a bit of what was happening in the Brighton Festival out to a bit more of Brighton. 

"We've got this really cool initiative called Your Place – which is probably the thing I"m most excited about. There will be performances from Brighton Festival artists and also participatory events and workshops. 

"Everything completely free, programmed in conjunction and consultation with people that run some of the community programmes out of those community centres." 

Highlights from the Hangleton programme (13 to 14 May) include:

Acclaimed photographer Eddie Otchere"s Pinhole Camera Workshop (14 May), teaching families how to build their own pinhole camera and document local history; Guest Director Kate Tempest (13 May) performing poetry from her incredible back catalogue; Culture Clash (13 May)with award winning poetry slam champion Tommy Sissons and rapper and battle MC Ceezlin, who will both also be coaching rap, poetry and comedy; a special one-off showcase from AudioActive (13 May) a music organisation working with young people at the meeting point of technology and contemporary urban culture; a singing workshop from Appalachian folk artists Anna and Elizabeth (14 May); a performance of Tighten Our Belts, a theatre show about the cost of austerity by Brighton People"s Theatre; and an array of workshops for all ages including a workshop run by Nutshell Construction to make Book Swap Boxes (13 May), as part of the City Reads city-wide project.
Highlights from the East Brighton programme (19-21 May) include:

A night of Spoken Word (20 May) as Kate Tempest performs poetry from her latest anthology, also with performances by national poetry slam champion Tommy Sissons, and Ceezlin (on tour with Rag "n" Bone Man); Tales of Birbal (19 May) where Mashi Theatre"s travelling storytellers tell ancient stories from across the Indian subcontinent; Virgin Territory (20 May) workshop delivered by Vincent Dance Theatre for young people and adults to investigate the challenges that young people face in a selfie-obsessed world; Three Score Dance & Ceyda Tanc Dance (20 & 21 May), Three Score Dance a company for people aged 60+ perform a new Brighton Festival commission choreographed by Ceyda Tanc and her youth company; an oral history workshop by acclaimed photographer Eddie Otchere; Help! I think I might be Fabulous! (20 May) a hilarious and heart-warming show from Alfie Ordinary; other workshops include building and decorating Book Swap Boxes (20 May) with Nutshell Construction, and Hidden Mazes (21 May) which uses art and drama to explore the experience of navigating the world with an invisible disability.

All events are free but ticketed. To book call Brighton Festival Ticket Office on 01273709709 or download a comprehensive guide by CLICKING HERE

by: Mike Cobley


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