The making of ‘Bear Hunt’
This year we decided to do something different to raise awareness of Brighton Festival, and with a Guest Director like Michael Rosen what better way to kick things off by making a film based on one of his most iconic poems?
Brave Brighton-based filmmakers Fat Sand Productions took on the challenge of helping us in our mission and tracked down Michael Rosen himself, friends of the Festival, members of the public and even some of our own team to each read a line of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt each in an iconic setting in across the city.
One of the filmmakers, Sarita Tam, commented, "I remember being in primary school, sitting on the floor watching my Year 3 teacher read this poem aloud to us, actions and all. But what I didn’t remember was quite how long the poem is: 99 lines to be precise! From the onset, we knew it was a rather large mountain to climb for a sleepy January, but we wanted to burn off the Christmas calories!"
Over a 16 day period and working through some very snowy conditions and late into the nights, the Fat Sand team managed to film a varied bunch of people including Michael Rosen, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, our local BBC news crew, lawyers, engineers, journalists, artists, surfers, students, builders, councilors, ice-cream men, artists, choirs, chefs and even a dog named Archie; who all valiantly read a line of ‘Bear Hunt’ to camera.
Fat Sand ventured into the depths of Brighton Dome and then onto the roof, into the sea, onto the pier, up to Preston Manor and even over to visit some school children in the Book Nook in Hove during the filming.
Each of our brave participants read one or two lines from the poem, which Fat Sand cleverly edited together for a full, and rather interesting, recital of the poem. We were proud to show the film at our launch events on Wed 27 Feb, but you can watch it online here.
Brighton Festival Live Streams
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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.
Alternatively, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Brighton Festival announces major new commission for 2016 inspired by untold story of First World War
Brighton Festival - alongside commissioning partners 14-18 NOW and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove - has today announced a major new commission inspired by the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of men who travelled from India to fight for the Allies in the First World War.
Created by performance company Nutkhut and brought together by a creative team that includes designer Tom Piper (Tower of London poppies), the ambitious, large-scale, immersive outdoor experience Dr Blighty is the latest event revealed for the 50th edition of Brighton Festival in May 2016.
Brighton Festival Live: The Cult of Water
The Cult of Water will be live streamed on Sun 27 May at 9pm.
Join ‘masterful storyteller’ (Radio Times) Dr. David Bramwell for a candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our waterways.
Aided by a witch, Jarvis Cocker, and magician-author Alan Moore, David Bramwell battles his own thalassophobia (the fear of ‘what lurks beneath’) to unearth little-known stories and myths that surround our rivers.
The River Don is the focal point for this psycho-geographical journey that blends music, animation and film with captivating monologue. You’ll also learn about Brighton’s lost River Wellsbourne in a post-show Q&A.
Gillian Wearing: ‘A Room With Your Views’
Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing will present the world premiere of Your Views - one of the largest collaborative film projects ever to be produced - at HOUSE, Brighton’s festival of visual art, and Brighton Festival 2016 – the largest and most established multi-arts festival in England which this year marks its 50th anniversary.
‘A Room With Your Views’, by Gillian Wearing, will be a video installation and exhibition premiering ‘Your Views’, which takes place in Brighton University Galleries and is the artist’s first solo exhibition on the South Coast of England.
Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, with HOUSE, for Brighton Festival’s 50th anniversary year, the project invites anyone to film a short clip of either their curtains or blinds opening to reveal a view from their window. Like the curtains going up at the beginning of a stage play, each view is a pictorial unveiling of a landscape, cityscape or even a brick wall.
The film asks for contributions to be uploaded to www.yourviews.org. It is hoped that Brighton & Hove residents will feel compelled to send their own films to the project as well as participants from far further afield.
Gillian Wearing, OBE, commented, “It feels personal in the way that each person has approached the instructions to the film and universal as it unites the world in the harmonious gesture of opening the curtains, blinds or shutters to give us a glimpse of their views. I am delighted by this opportunity to present ‘A Room With Your Views’ to the HOUSE and Brighton Festival audience and hopefully the work will include some local participant’s films too.”
Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said, “We are delighted to have co-commissioned Gillian Wearing for Brighton Festival 2016. In this – our 50th year – we particularly wanted to reflect on the nature of ‘home’ and ‘place’ and this project does just that, providing an insight into people’s views from their windows throughout the world. I can’t wait to see the project develop and hope that the whole community will get involved by sending in their own films”.
Judy Stevens, HOUSE Director, said, “We are pleased to be working with Gillian Wearing and with Brighton Festival, to produce a new piece of work for HOUSE 2016 and excited that A Room With Your Views will form the centre piece of this year’s HOUSE festival. As such the work acts as inspiration and catalyst for a series of further commissions and community projects from an impressive range of young, mid-career and marginalized artists.”
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Notes to Editors
About Brighton Festival –
• Brighton Festival is an annual mixed arts festival which takes place across three weeks in the city each May, with an average audience reach of 150,000
• Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010, the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012, poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013, choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2014 and award-winning author Ali Smith in 2015..
• Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing arts festival, offering an ambitious programme that makes the most of the city’s distinctive atmosphere.
• Brighton Festival is England’s most established mixed arts Festival and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar
• Brighton Festival includes visual art, theatre, music, dance, books and debates, family friendly events and outdoor performances throughout the city including site-specific and unusual locations.
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival produces the annual Brighton Festival and also manages the three venues of Brighton Dome year round. It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.
• The first Brighton Festival in 1967 controversially included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival manages a year round programme of arts at Brighton Dome – a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre - and produces the annual Brighton Festival in May.
• It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and to inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are a registered arts charity
• Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a curated, contemporary visual arts strand running at the same time as Brighton Festival, and in part a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. It commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects from Open Submission, the work of critically engaged artists based in south-east England. Inherent to HOUSE is an interest in the threshold between private and public space, where there is potential to experience new ideas and different ways of thinking, both within the artistic process. Previous years’ Invited Artists have been Nathan Coley (2014), Yinka Shonibare MBE (2014), Mariele Neudecker (2013) and David Batchelor (2012).