Past Event

Brighton Festival Taster Day

18 Mar 2019

Find out about the Festival line up at our open day for all ages. Meet the Festival team, eat some delicious Senegalese food from Brighton-based Le Baobab Cuisine, enjoy live West African music and get stuck in to lots of activities.

Live music comes from Classic Ghana Highlife (Alex Yeboah, Kofi Adu, Papa J Mensah), three of the very best artists from this seminal West African music style that influenced the continent and helped start the world wide popularity of African music. A wonderful opportunity to experience supreme musicianship with this rare and special lineup performing Highlife, Palmwine Guitar Music and Kpanlogo. Plus a set from acapella trio Bel Mousai.

Throughout the day other activities include poetry workshops, storytime corner, badge-making, mask-making, cupcake decorating and the smoothie bike - pedal and mix your own smoothie!

If this wasn't enough, we also have two special free but ticketed events:

The History of Brighton Festival

12.15 - 1pm
Founders Room

A special talk by Philip Morgan on the history of Brighton Festival 1814 to 2001 - from roast beef to Anish Kapoor. A look at the history from the Summer of Peace in 1814 when the end of the Napoleonic wars was celebrated with a street party for 7,000 people, to 2009 when a traffic jam was caused on the Brighton bypass by people queuing to experience Anish Kapoor’s C Curve...

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Clowning and Physical Theatre Workshop

3.15pm - 4pm
Founders Room
Age 14+

An introduction to the art of physical theatre and clowning around from Spymonkey's Toby Park

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