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Thursday 08 February 2024

Brighton Dome's Spring Family Events Include CBeebies Stars, Craft Workshops & School Holiday Shows

A brand-new series of shows for young children begins at Brighton Dome's Studio Theatre this spring, offering opportunities to play, learn and explore through music, dance and physical theatre. 

For older children, a science stage show promises spectacular stunts and revolting experiments and a modern re-telling of the ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream gives a classic story a new lease of life.

The newly refurbished Studio Theatre will host a range of events for early years age groups on select weekends throughout the year.

February half-term begins with Olivier-award winning theatre company and CBeebies house band Little Bulb's Four Seasons, a celebration of the wonder and weirdness of nature using puppetry, clowning and physical theatre. 

At the end of the half-term week, South East Dance's Little Big Dance Festival includes Club Origami, an interactive show for all the family that combines paper and play and Choogh Choogh, which takes young children on an imaginary train journey across India. 

Tickets are also available for craft workshops in Brighton Dome's new community space Anita's Room before each show, allowing children an additional opportunity to explore their creativity in a relaxed environment.

For older children this half-term, brand new high-tech and highly explosive family show Rude Science comes to Brighton Dome's Concert Hall. Presented by CBBC TV Gastronaut and children's author Stefan Gates, it is packed with stunts and experiments and transforms complex biology, physics and chemistry into educational hilarity to explore the fascinating bodily science essential to life.

In March, Boxed In, a largely non-verbal play for ages 3 to 6 from inclusive children's theatre company Daryl & Co explores what it's like to be made to feel naughty, just because the rules don't make sense.

For a family day out over Easter, Ballet Theatre UK's innovative production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream features original choreography and breathtaking costumes alongside Mendelssohn's iconic score. 

Also over the Easter holidays, a brand new early years show from children's musician Kid Carpet combines singing, puppetry and video animation to explore the exploits of his friends, The Noisy Animals, at a garden centre. 

Kid Carpet also hosts three clowning workshops, where he'll show children and their families how to develop confidence by doing silly things. 

To end the Easter holidays and inspired by young people living apart from their birth parents, theatre show Belongings follows one girl's journey to discovering her past and finding her feet in the present.

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by: Mike Cobley



Credit: Finian Reece-Thomas

Planning permission to create a world-class arts, education and cultural centre in the unique landscape of the South Downs National Park has been granted. It is expected work will begin on the centre at Black Robin Farm in 2024.
Credit: Grace Lau

This April marks the last chance to see Turner Prize 2023, at Towner Eastbourne and a range of exhibitions, events and outdoor installations for Eastbourne Alive.

Artist's Open Houses returns this May, with venues across Brighton & Hove opening their doors and welcoming visitors to explore a variety of arts and crafts. 

After spending late last year amping up anticipation for the March release of their second album Otherness, Ferris & Sylvester use early 2024 to unveil new single Rain, and a series of dates that will bring them to Komedia Brighton, in February.

In line with the general election set to take place later this year, the iconic podcast series The Rest Is Politics is taking to the live stage at The Brighton Centre for The Election Tour

Brighton Festival, the largest annual curated multi-arts festival in England, has revealed its programme for 2024.
Credit:Wilian Aguiar

Brighton Dome audiences can look forward to some Brazilian sunshine this month when São Paulo Dance Company tours the UK and Ireland for the first time.

Oska Bright Film Festival is back in Brighton  celebrating its 11th year, showcasing bold and boundary-breaking stories from learning disabled filmmakers from across the globe. 

Charleston in Lewes, in partnership with Lewes District Council, is preparing to open its second season with new exhibitions, a larger programme of free activities for local families and schools, and new initiatives that will improve access for members of the community.

Following sold-out shows at the 2023 Fringe, Northern scamp Paddy Young's debut UK tour - which brings him to Komedia Brighton in March - mixes his charismatic, cult leader vibe with the inevitable reality that underneath it all he is hungry, horny and scared (aren't we all?). 
Credit: Darren Andrews

It's been four years since the world heard any new music from Brighton-bound psych-punk-power duo, The Lovely Eggs

This year's 34th annual Rubix VT Brighton Half Marathon returns to Brighton seafront on Sunday 25th February 2024 and will be started by Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas CBE.

University of Brighton has secured funding of £325k to support its research into the health impacts of climate change – including longer, hotter summers in the UK – on vulnerable groups. 
Credit: Andrea C White

Author, comedian and Terry Pratchett fan, Marc Burrows invites fellow fans to Komedia Brighton to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark comic fantasy Discworld series with his The Magic of Terry Pratchett tribute.

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