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City Reads Book Swap Boxes offer 'books for everyone'

Brighton Festival and Quercus have collaborated with City Reads 2017 to get more people in Brighton & Hove reading: for free! Several Book Swap Boxes throughout Brighton & Hove from March until May will allow everyone to informally and anonymously share books, inspired by crime writer William Shaw’s ‘homemade’ box of his own.

These exciting Book Swap Boxes give you the chance to engage with reading for free, in a fun and rewarding way. Improve your memory and reduce stress by reading new books and expanding your knowledge.

City Reads will be posting the box locations via their website and various social media channels; City Readers are encouraged to take a book, leave a book, read a book and share!

A number of copies of this year’s City Reads choice The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal will be in each box. Books by two of Quercus’ best-selling authors – Brighton residents William Shaw and Elly Griffiths – will also be found in the Book Swap Boxes. William Shaw’s own box is located at Redwood Café, and Elly Griffith’s box at Pavilion Gardens Café.

City Reads 2017 events run from 2 Mar to 14 May, finishing with Sharon Duggal at the Brighton Festival.

A. F. Harrold introduces Young City Reads 2017

Author A F Harrold welcomes you to this year's Young City Reads and Brighton Festival reading adventure! 

Young story-lovers, get ready to enjoy another thrilling book this year. You are invited to read and discuss A.F. Harrold’s Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) – the story of a boy, a book, some very bad people, some very brave deeds, and the importance of rubber teeth for lions.

This city-wide 'big read', brought to you by Collected Works CIC, is designed to spread a love of books to the widest possible audience of young readers throughout Brighton & Hove.

Artist Opportunity: Collidescope 2017

Brighton Festival artist development residency: calling artists and creators across the art forms

Brighton Festival’s artist development residency Collidescope, spearheaded & facilitated by independent performance dramaturg Lou Cope enables a group of mid-career artists to intensively engage with Brighton Festival. Selected artists will attend a wide range of events in the Festival programme, network with fellow participants, reflect on their own practice and current projects; and share conversations with Festival artists from across the genres of the performing and visual arts.

Suitable for artists who have been making work for at least five years, this opportunity will provide an immersive experience through a packed show schedule across the 23 days of Brighton Festival, and the chance to meet Festival artists in up-close encounters. Artists and creators making work in all areas of the performing arts are welcome to apply.

Throughout the experience, the focus is on peer-to-peer creative development, with the goal of potentially creating new marriages of minds for future explorations. The schedule, cherry picked by the Festival programming team will feature the most cross-disciplinary and innovative performances, accompanied by informal facilitated conversations with the producing artists, to generate debate, ideas and inspiration within a multi-disciplinary atmosphere. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts through Festival-led social media on a regular basis.

Between 6 - 28 May, participants will attend approximately 20-30 shows, as well as specially arranged conversations with Festival artists. Tickets for all events will be provided free of charge to participants of Collidescope, who are required to commit in full to the schedule of shows and events as part of the project. The group will attend shows together, which will be an important part of the experience, and will be thoughtfully guided through the experience by the two Collidescope facilitators.

Participants will be selected by application – please note that a significant time commitment is required. Most shows and events will be scheduled for the evenings and weekends, however a number of events, including peer-to-peer sessions will take place during the daytime, so participants need to have a flexible and available schedule.

Deadline for applications is Mon 20 Mar. Decisions will be reached and communicated by Friday 30 Mar 2017.

Download the application form

Please send this application form and any further attachment with the file name: Collidescope-Applicant Name to artisticplanning@brightondome.org by 5pm on 20th March 2017. 

Spotlight: Depart

Depart is an ethereal collaboration bringing together acrobats, aerialists, choral singers and video artists for a breathtaking circus experience.

Inspired by the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Depart will take you on a haunting journey through the underworld in the uniquely atmospheric location of Woodvale Cemetery. Led by Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz with a creative team including electronic musician Lapalux.

Depart is at Woodvale Cemetery Thu 25 – Sun 28 May, 8.30pm & 10.15pm.

Video produced by echovideo.co.uk

Spotlight: Storytelling Army

We shine a spotlight on the Storytelling Army, a world premiere for Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival is working with Nabokov and Guest Director Kate Tempest to assemble and mobilise a Storytelling Army: a dynamic collective of people from all walks of life and all corners of the city, including those who are homeless and vulnerably housed. Look out for pop-up performances across Brighton, be it in the local supermarket, the pub or on the top deck of a bus.

The Storytelling Army will be popping up around Brighton throughout the Festival.

Video produced by echovideo.co.uk


Spotlight: For the Birds

Discover more about For the Birds a Brighton Festival Exclusive event.

Artist and producer Jony Easterby has brought together some of the most dynamic sound and lighting artists in the UK to create this unforgettable outdoor experience. Against a canvas of darkness and the sound of wind in the trees, audiences follow a 2km trail of ingenious and beautiful installations of light, sound and moving sculpture which will surprise and enthral.

Video produced by echovideo.co.uk

Brighton Festival celebrates the city's memories with new oral history app

'Jimi Hendrix signed my tambourine and I had to run for my life...'

A free interactive oral history app unfolding the ordinary personal stories of young love, loss and rebellion in the 1940s, 50s and 60s is launching during May as part of Brighton Festival 2016.

The Giddy app, from Brighton arts collective The Nimbus Group and funded with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, takes users on an alternative walking tour of the city, punctuated by GPS triggered personal histories straight from the mouths of the people who lived them.

From a chance meeting with Jimi Hendrix in the back of a beaten up MG and tales of daytime runaways who never got caught, to stories about sneaking into strip bars and dancing til dawn with the Teddy boys, Giddy offers a view of life in the postwar years that is conspicuously absent from the history books.

All of the content – the stories, photographs, app design – has been gathered and created by teenaged pupils of Brighton’s Longhill School, with the support of a team of archive specialists, oral history interviewers and photographers.

‘Every generation of young people thinks they are the first to experience the intense highs, lows and giddy adventures of the teenage years,’ says Carina Westling of The Nimbus Group. 

‘We wanted to use digital technology to create something that celebrates the stuff of life that unites us as humans, reveals our individuality but also highlights universal themes associated with youth that span the generations,’ she says.

‘Oral history offers a perspective of the past that stands outside the received wisdom of the history books. Our intention for Giddy is to bring history to life in such a way that the young (or not so young) people who hear these stories will never look at older people in quite the same way again.’

Giddy is available for iOS and Android smartphones from May, sign up for a notification of the app’s release at www.giddybrighton.com.

An accompanying online archive and exhibition featuring portraits and archive images gathered during the making of the app will launch at University of Brighton's on 7 May 2016, which will be open to the public till the end of the Festival on 29 May.

Peacock Poetry Prize 2016

For the 50th Brighton Festival, our annual poetry competition in partnership with Brighton, Hove & Sussex 6th Form College (BHASVIC) takes the theme of ‘Celebration’. Rejoice in the everyday or revel in the outlandish: what will you choose to celebrate?

Entries will be judged by our panel of experts and prizes awarded at a special ceremony at Brighton Dome on Thu 26 May, 5pm. There are four categories, for ages 8–11, 12–15, 16–17 and 18+. You can submit up to three poems with a maximum length of 40 lines per poem.

Email your entry, together with your full name, age and date of birth to writing@brightonfestival.org 

Deadline for entries: Fri 22 Apr, 5pm

The Peacock Poetry Prize is an annual competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) to encourage young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view. The aim is to get young people writing right across Sussex and encourage them to engage with the Festival’s theme. The competition is open to residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex aged 8 and over.

Supported by GM Building

Danny Wallace introduces Young City Reads 2016, Brighton & Hove

Brighton Festival and Collected Works CIC are rather excited for the 2016 Big Read. The concept is simple: one book, by one author is selected for the whole community to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. This year's featured book is Danny Wallace’s Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Watch the video and see what Danny Wallace has to say about this year's Young City Reads and head over to Collected Works CIC website and find out more.

More on the Young City Reads Big Event

Volunteer with England's biggest mixed arts Festival

Embrace Brighton’s epic Festival season, be at the heart of the action in this milestone 50th year and gain invaluable work experience within a busy arts organisation. Any time you can offer would be much appreciated – we'd love to have you on board to help make our 50th Festival the best yet. 

All Volunteers will be provided with an official Festival t-shirt and a tote bag filled with great local discounts, and will also gain access to exclusive Festival ticket offers and social events.

We're still looking for Volunteers to fill the following roles...  

Heritage Ambassadors for Dr Blighty
Req'd afternoon shifts 24th-26th May, and ideally to attend a rehearsal on 21st May
- Working as a team to greet and assist the audience around the Pavilion Gardens
- Giving information to audience members (You will be briefed and supplied with materials)

ONCA Gallery and St Nicholas'Church Invigilators
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- On site to welcome visitors and answer questions at these Visual Art exhibitions

The Last Resort Performance Stewards
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- On site to help guide audience members through the performance.

The Last Resort Full Time Assistants
Req'd full time throughout May
- This opportunity would entail taking on a deeper role within the work and the chosen person would be able to spend time with the company post show learning more about the company's practice and the creation of the show. There is also the added possibility that this person might get the chance to tour with the work in the future.

Marketing & Promotions Ambassadors
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- Getting out and about to our venues to update our branding - banners, flyers, posters etc
- Conducting market research by asking audience members to fill out short surveys
- Giving out flyers and chatting to the public around town to generate excitement about the events
- Exit-flyering before or after our own and external events

Brighton Station Info Booth Representatives
Req'd for flexible shifts Fridays-Sundays throughout May
- Chatting to the public
- Promoting What's On that day
- Generating excitement about the events

Children's Parade Assistants
Req'd Sunday 7th May morning shift
- Setting up banners and bunting
- Handing out schedules, flyers and masks etc.

Registration to volunteer at Brighton Festival 2016 is still open, click here to complete our short registration form...

Alternatively, drop us an email at volunteers@brightonfestival.org stating which role(s) you're interested in, and your availability, or feel free to call on 01273 700747.

Hamptons International are providing generous support towards our Brighton Festival Volunteers programme.