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Thursday 23 May 2024

Circus Performers Pose On Brighton Seafront To Promote Forthcoming Brighton Festival Spectacular

Circus performers arrived in Brighton to promote Brighton Festival's Carnesky's Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular, an upcoming outdoor event which celebrates the forgotten women of circus and the city's history of seaside variety.
Credit Claire Leach

Performers including contortionist Rebecca Rennison, hula hoop performer Symoné, whip-cracker Lucifire, contemporary clown Meg Hodgson, Bollywood performers Kaajel Patel and Sarjana along with compere Marisa Carnesky, paraded through Brighton, surprising audiences with their skills and stopping at the abandoned West Pier for a photo opportunity.

Carnesky's Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular is created by Olivier-award winning theatre maker Marisa Carnesky (Ghost Train; Jewess Tattooess) and will be the largest single gathering of female and non-binary show women in Britain. 

Thirty-three performers will take over an entire Brighton street to present a breathtaking, death-defying outdoor spectacular for fourteen performances across the bank holiday weekend, 25 & 26 May.

The event is part of Brighton Festival 2024 - the largest annual curated multi-arts festival in England - running 4-26 May. 

The hour-long show will run non-stop on the hour from 2pm on Saturday 25th May and from 12pm on Sunday 26th May. 

In an hour-long experience, audiences will be greeted by a series of elevated sideshow stages, an outdoor wrestling ring and an aerial arena installed against the urban backdrop of Elder Place, just 7 minutes from Brighton Station. 

by: Mike Cobley


The Modster

Theatre Royal Brighton has this week launched CollyFest, a month long programme of free events running in the theatre foyer and Colonnade Bar on New Road until 14th July.

After captivating audiences around the world, a new production of Nick Payne's award-winning play Constellations is set to take to the stage in Brighton.
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Tapping into the sound of Piedmont Blues, culminating in a tribute to the soul of the South, country music's Adeem The Artist releases new album Anniversary - prior to a late summer date in Brighton.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival - Europe's largest outdoor jazz festival – returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 5th – 7th 2024.

Art on the Streets, a documentary co-created by University of Brighton design historian Dr. Harriet Atkinson will be shown as part of Tate Britain's upcoming exhibition, Artists International – The First Decade. 

Researchers from the University of Brighton are part of a trial underway in West Sussex to create the world's first hydrogen-powered crematorium.

In recent years Buzzcocks have regularly trod the hallowed boards of Concorde 2, Brighton. With that in mind, it's worth noting that Autonomy – Portrait of a Buzzcock, by Steve Diggle, is set to hit the book shelves in August
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Create Music, in partnership with West Sussex Music, have been appointed by Arts Council England to deliver music education across Sussex as part of the newly formed Sussex Music Hub.
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Best-selling author and comedian Michael Palin will be live on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton, this September, as part of his There and Back - The Diary Tour.

With the third annual Brighton Book Festival getting underway this week the team has announced a brand new event and a free photography exhibition accessible to all. 
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Brighton Festival has announced Anoushka Shankar as next year's Guest Director. The Festival will take place from 3-25 May and is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events in venues and locations across Brighton, Hove and Sussex.
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WOW - Women of the World is coming to Brighton this autumn with a brand new live series, The WOW Show with Jude Kelly
Credit: Matt Crockett

Star of TikTok Henry Rowley will arrive at The Old Market, in Hove, on Friday 15th November, displaying his knack for comedic timing and engaging storytelling.

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