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Big Brighton Beach Clean

Celebrating Sussex Wildlife Trust’s 60th anniversary

On Friday 21 May Wild Coast Sussex encourages you to mark National Endangered Species Day, by taking part in a self-led 60-minute beach clean* at your local beach to help protect endangered species.

A special Brighton Festival edition of Nature Table Live on SWT-TV on Thursday 20 May, 7.30pm, led by experts at Sussex Wildlife Trust, will include chats and facts on a range of ocean related topics from mermaid’s purses (the egg cases of sharks, skates and rays) to seals. Book tickets here and share your findings with #WildCoastSussex

*Please stay safe by wearing protective gloves, sturdy shoes & dispose of rubbish correctly

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The Great Escape Online

Two days of new music discovery, discussions, debates and networking

Free for all to enjoy will be a virtual festival channel, where you can experience a huge snapshot of the best new artists showcasing their talents alongside exclusive interviews and more.

Delegates can now book their place for The Great Escape Conference 2021 which will bring together music industry leaders, innovators and pioneers from across the globe to discuss, dissect and debate the biggest issues affecting the music business today. Book tickets - on sale here

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Taking a Line for a Walk

John Vernon Lord and Friends

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates an icon of illustration, alongside work for children by his students and contemporaries.

Taking a Line for a Walk marks 50 years of revered illustrator John Vernon Lord’s life and work in Ditchling. Lord is one of Britain’s most recognised and respected illustrators, owing both to his own practice, and his pioneering contribution to education across almost six decades.

Thu 20 May–Sun 31 Oct
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Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me

Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76

An exhibition of unique photographs taken by David Bowie’s close friend and travelling companion Geoff MacCormack between 1973-76.

From Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs’ tour across the USA, Japan and the UK via Russia (on the Trans Siberian Express) to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the recording of Station to Station, this exhibition of intimate photographs, gives a glimpse of a close friendship, and life on the road with one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

18 May 2021 - 23 January 2022

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Artists Open Houses

In its new June slot, alongside Brighton Fringe, the Artists Open Houses will be a central part of the cultural regeneration for the city. Following on from Brighton Festival, the AOH Festival will offer the first glimpse of brilliant new work from artists and makers emerging from the months of lockdown.

May 29, 30, 31 (Bank Holiday) | June 5 & 6 | 12 & 13 | 19 & 20 | 26 & 27  

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Brighton Fringe 2021

Jump right in and start booking now so you can wave goodbye to those empty calendars! It’s time to #CelebrateFringe

Following on from Brighton Festival and running alongside Artist Open Houses, Brighton Fringe is back from Fri 28 May, safely in person and online. With a great programme packed with more than 375 events, there is something for everyone; whether it’s comedy, dance, theatre or music that floats your boat.

Not sure where to start? Kick start your Brighton Fringe with a bank holiday weekender of free, outdoor fun at Fringe City on Jubilee Square! Join us on 28, 29, 30 May for a three-day extravaganza of all things Fringe. Grab a pint and a bite to eat whilst watching a variety of shows, from cheeky cabaret to awesome acrobatics.

From 28 May |

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