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Wednesday 14 May 2014

Museums At Night Festival: Experience The Unexpected In Brighton

Museums at Night, the annual night-time festival of arts, heritage and culture, will take place this year over the weekend of Thursday May 15th – Saturday May 17th, 2014..



Over three nights in May, during which time hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces, including those from the South, will open up late and putting on a dazzling array of special night-time events: from unique literary talks in castles to star gazing in historic houses; sleepovers in palaces to city-wide culture crawls; bands playing in amongst museum exhibits to science fiction life drawing in galleries. 

The Museums at Night festival offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way.

VanGoYourself, a new website designed to help people engage with art in a fun, innovative way, will be launched during the Museums at Night festival. 

Choose an image from the museum collection then recreate it as a photograph either solo or with your friends. 

The VanGoYourself website will then twin the original painting with your recreation - ready to share on social media. 


Brighton Museum will be among those hosting special VanGo Yourself events to encourage people to take part in art.

BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz will present a special programme from Museums at Night at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 17 May, 7pm on BBC Two, with additional coverage of the festival on bbc.co.uk/arts from May 15th..

Some of the Museums at Night highlights in the South-East include:

** Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, East Sussex: Paint It Late (Thursday 15 May). Join the friendliest crowd in town for an arty party after hours. Discover the secrets behind famous paintings, explore community curators From Downs to Sea favourites, drink creative cocktails, take part in speed life drawing, dance.

** Charleston, near Lewes, East Sussex: Charleston at Night Twilight Tours (Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May). Visit the home of the Bloomsbury set and experiemce the unique ambience of the only surviving complete example of the decorative work of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The tours coincide with the opening days of the 25th Charleston Festival - arrive early to catch another event or just soak up the atmosphere. Any Age.

Events are being added on a daily basis but full listings for Museums at Night can be found at www.museumsatnight.org.uk.  For up to the minute news on Twitter follow @MuseumsatNight #MatN2014


by: Mike Cobley




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