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Monday 30 April 2018

Brighton Festival Celebrates Random Acts Of Neighbourliness With Your Place 2018

People are united by postcodes, but a new initiative as part of Brighton Festival's Your Place has been asking local residents to consider what it is that ties neighbourhoods together and what can be done to bring the community closer together.
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The initiative features two weekends of free arts and cultural activities in Hangleton and East Brighton delivered in partnership with Brighton People"s Theatre.

Taking inspiration from the recently popularised Random Acts of Kindness movement, Your Place 2018 Artist in Residence Kate McCoy has been leading a series of workshops known as Random Acts of Neighbourliness, which encourages participants to share experiences of their own neighbourhoods to create a 'visual map' of the area and to come up with creative ideas to get to know their neighbours and bring the community together.

Kate McCoy says: "Being Your Place's artist in residence is my ideal job, I get to meet loads of different people in a range of settings and find out more about them creatively, connecting through laughter and conversation. 

"I have been setting up in community centres, lunch clubs and youth drop-ins, asking people to sit down with me and create a visual map of their neighbourhood using objects to represent themselves, their neighbours and the landmarks and features that surround them. 


"So, a Pritt stick has been a lamp post where young people hang out on the Knoll Estate, a bus stop in Whitehawk that can be seen from a living room window, and someone who works with the community, sticking people together. 

"I have also been asking people to decide on a "random act of neighbourliness" something that could happen to bring the community closer together. 

"People have been so welcoming in both communities, open and even more creative than they thought they were and have made beautiful images and said thought provoking things that I hope you will come and see."
 
Their contributions will be incorporated into an interactive, visual exhibition by installation artist Luan Taylor at the two Your Place weekends throughout Brighton Festival.

Artists taking part in the Your Place 2018 weekends will include: David Shrigley, The Ragroof Players, The Future is Unwritten Theatre Company, Herringbone Arts, Joanna Neary, Culture Clash, Touched Theatre, Dundu and Worldbeaters, Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and many more.

Your Place: Sat 19 & Sun 20 May, 12pm to 5pm, Hangleton Community Centre
Sat 26 & Sun 27 May, 10am to 5pm, Manor Gym, East Brighton. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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