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Sunday 24 July 2022

Brighton's Old Market Thank Top Performers Who Donated Performances To Support Emerging Artists

The Old Market (TOM) thanks Fatboy Slim, Daniel Kitson, Mark Thomas, Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford, and hit show STOMP for donating performances which raised vital funds and helped the venue in its mission to support emerging artists.

The doors are open for a new season with highlights including two hometown gigs from Porridge Radio, music from Frazey Ford plus hilarious comedy from Kiri Pritchard and Rich Hall.

TOM enters third year of participation in pioneering social prescribing project HERA, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, starting with presenting Doorstep Duets, two dance performances by Matthew Bourne"s New Adventures in public spaces to improve health and wellbeing outcome

Arts Council England's Cultural Recovery Fund enabled specialist programming strand #TOMtech: a catalyst programme training, commissioning, and hosting artists working at the intersection of performing arts and digital technology to continue

Helen Jewell, Creative Director at The Old Market said: 

"As an artist-led indie venue, we, like much of our sector, were devastated by the pandemic. 

"Our very purpose - to connect with and bring people together - felt impossible. 

"However our wonderful community continued to believe in the power of the arts to keep us connected. 

"It's no understatement to say that without the support of artists who donated performances; audiences who stayed with us; and our incredible staff team who rose to every challenge – we wouldn't be here today." 

The Old Market's new season comes after two turbulent years for the arts and culture sector, and pays tribute to the artists, companies, audiences, and team of staff that supported the organisation throughout. 

High-profile artists backed the organisation's mission to support early career artists by donating performances to raise income as part of TOM's Gig for a Gig initiative. 

Following the lead of DJ and musician Fatboy Slim, comedians Daniel Kitson and Mark Thomas; Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford; and performance ensemble STOMP all donated performances during the pandemic. 

Income from these donated shows allowed TOM to support the development of innovative gig/theatre like Wes Banderson and Pecho Mama's Oedipus; social justice projects like Uninterrupted Theatre's Invisible Sentence; and QM Records[ Moves Festival which platformed homegrown music talent.

by: Mike Cobley


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