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Thursday 02 November 2017

Being Human Festival: As Waves Of One Sea Will Inspire & Enrich Our Everyday Lives In Brighton

Experience the whisper of stories, speaking of the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance in As Waves of One Sea. 

The programme is a series of events, discussions, screenings and performances taking place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts later this month, drawing on materials and ideas from deep in the archives of the University of Sussex, and as part of the nation-wide Being Human Festival.

Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library:

How much can you tell about a person by looking at their bookshelves? Introducing non-specialists, via a series of show and tell talks to the University of Sussex"s Rosey Pool collection, Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library (21 November, 12.30pm) explores Dutch academic and Holocaust survivor Rosey Pool's exceptional life and her relationships with prominent black writers including Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, crime writer Chester Himes, and poet and playwright Owen Dodson. 

They Taught Me Laughing to Keep from Crying:

Meanwhile, another event -  part traditional talk, part experimental performance - sees Dr Joanna Pawlik, Dr Doug Haynes, Dr Diarmuid Hester, Jamal Johnson and celebrated performance artist Harold Offeh gather to present They Taught Me Laughing to Keep from Crying (November 20, 8pm). The event will bring together the University of Sussex"s rich archival holdings in African American culture in unique and inspiring ways.
Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston:

As Waves of One Sea closes with a screening of Turner Prize-nominated artist Isaac Julien's seminal film Looking for Langston (21 November, 8pm), introduced by the director, and with a Q&A afterwards. A powerful, personal meditation on the life and loves of African American poet Langston Hughes, the screening will be introduced by Langston Hughes expert Shima Jalala Kamali and Eyes Wide Open"s Jacob Engelberg.
As Waves of One Sea at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts - November 20 - 21, 2017. Visit for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


Whats on in Brighton today

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

The flamboyant world of Brighton in the 1880s and back-street life of the 1930s and 50s are the focus of two new books from community publisher QueenSpark Books.

Reading the wonderful new Ronnie Lane oral biography, Can You Show Me A Dream?, it would be easy for the reader to be left with the impression that Ronnie's life cycle had been a wild journey with a sad ending. But for Ronnie the journey hadn't ended. The letter had left the envelope, that's all.

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

The RPMs new single Let Things Happen raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. 
(c) Tom Sheehan 2018

Del Amitri return this summer for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band's first run of dates since 2014.

Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 

Sea Life Brighton has issued an urgent appeal for the public to become more responsible with their waste after collecting a record amount of rubbish on Brighton beach. 

One-hundred years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of forty-one buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

The drama and magic of Glyndebourne Festival provide the inspiration for a new children’s book, The Mulberry Bees.

Fusing powerful song writing with musical flare, Brighton-based Hatful of Rain combine their English, Celtic and American inspirations to great effect on their new album. 

The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  

A special ceremony is being held this month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

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