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|Country and Region||United Kingdom — England|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Brighton, East Sussex, England UK|
|Festival Contact Information|
Brighton Fringe is one of the largest and fastest-growing open access arts festivals in the world and the largest in England. It sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms. No artistic judgment or selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling the development of both new and established work to attract fresh audiences, press and promoters. Each year the range of events included in the Fringe expands—from circus to exhibition, from classical concerts to club night and from street theatre to tours, all artistic life is here!
|Festival Dates||May 3 - June 1, 2014|
- There are 720 events confirmed so far at 186 different venues and spaces. The beauty of the open access arts festival is that you never quite know what you are going to get. The wide-ranging programme is put on by over 3,000 people, artists, artistic groups and community organisations who want to show their talents to audiences - to get a reaction, to connect, to share and to celebrate.
- The Warren
- Ever-growing venue The Warren will be hosting over 70 shows this year in 3 performance spaces and The Marlborough Theatre will have 30 events, including their first-ever Street Party on the first Saturday of May. Comedy is also a big theme this year with over 200 shows. In true Brighton Fringe spirit there will some unusual performances, Flush in The Old Market’s toilet and Performr, an app based on Grindr that will lead audiences to Pink Fringe performances.
- Returning for this year is the Spiegeltent at the Old Steine with a larger number of shows of different genres from spoken word to music, and one of the Victorian-style bathing machines is returning to New Road with a new one-on-one relay play ‘Host’ written by Tim Crouch for The Nightingale theatre. There will also be the return of Tight Modern on the seafront: a miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern. Believed to be the world’s smallest temporary art gallery, housing 60 of the UK’s most talented yet disabled/marginalized artists and Fringe City, the free public showcase on New Road at weekends.
- Family Guide
- Brand new for 2014 is the standalone Family Guide, which is an expansion on the success of increasing Brighton Fringe by a week to incorporate the half-term in 2013. This attracted so many events and shows for the whole family that the Brighton Fringe programme currently has over 200 child-friendly events listed (and counting)! Just some of the family highlights are - John Hegley performing I am a Poetato at Komedia, Just So – a new play based on stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Fishing Museum’s Fringe of Fun – puppet shows and treasure hunts, Thumbelina, winner of Fringe Review’s outstanding theatre award in 2013 and the Family Picnic in Pavilion Gardens will return on Saturdays 3 too. The printed Family Guide with over 150 event listings will be published on 7 March and is available in The Argus, The Primary Times, Brighton Fringe Box Office and information points. More events for older children will be listed on the Brighton Fringe website.
- Youth Groups
- Brighton Fringe is also extending its work within the community for 2014, working with youth groups, The Pebble Trust and the Tarner Community Group, to afford the members the creative opportunity to be part Brighton Fringe, as either part of a performance or the Brighton Fringe Urban Artfest, which will see some of street-arts biggest names come together to provide tuition and create an exhibition to be part of the Fringe finale.
- Window Showcases
- Also brand new for this year and supported by Arts Council England, WINDOW is Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase programme created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career. WINDOW creates a platform for high quality, new work to be highlighted during the first days of Brighton Fringe (2-7 May 2014) and offer audiences the opportunity to get the first look at productions that are destined for great things in the future.
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