Festivals

Brighton review: The Heath Quartet @ Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 21 July 2012

Brighton review Heath Quartet CMP Festival

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes enjoys the end of one festival and the start of another at St Nicolas Church, Brighton. The Heath Quartet provided one of the finales to three weekends of literature, film and music at this year’s Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival. The concert was also the start of a [...]

City Reads 2012 chooses story set in Brighton: My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

City Reads 2012 chooses story set in Brighton My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes finds out more about the seventh annual City Reads festival in Brighton and Hove. Hundreds of copies of a new book set in Brighton will be distributed for free across Brighton and Hove this summer as part of City Reads 2012. Volunteers will be ‘book crossing’ or [...]

Paddle Round The Pier 2012: no damp spirits!

Paddle Round the Pier 2012

Last weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July) saw the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival take place once again in Brighton. While the rain had an obvious effect on attendance, organisers are delighted to have once again raised thousands of pounds for this year’s charities – the RNLI, Winston’s Wish and Surf Action. Dave [...]

Brighton review: Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival opening weekend

Brighton review Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 6 – 22 July 2012

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes discovers authors old and new at the opening weekend of the Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival in Brighton. Good literary events expand our horizons and encourage us to pick up books and read authors we have never considered before. That’s exactly what happened to me at the Clifton [...]

Paddle Round the Pier 2012 is here!

Paddle Round the Pier 2012 is here

Whilst the summer hasn’t really arrived yet, the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival promises to bring some good vibes and smiles all round this weekend to Brighton. The event, which has been running since 1996 and last year raised over £30,000, returns to Hove Lawns and the neighbouring beach on Saturday and Sunday (7-8 [...]

Brighton preview: Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival Brighton 6 – 22 July 2012

Brighton preview Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival Brighton 6 – 22 July 2012

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes previews a small but beautiful festival taking place in the city this July – the Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival. Charles Dickens, Brighton writer Peter Burton, bandleader Ray Noble and a Victorian strongman are among the diverse characters being celebrated in a unique festival this month. The sixth [...]

Brighton event: Occulture Festival @ Brighton Ballrooms 2 – 4 July 2012

Brighton event: Occulture Festival @ Brighton Ballrooms 2 - 4 July 2012

Monday 2 July – Ian. R. Crane – ‘The Occult Significance of the Olympics’ £5 Ian R Crane opens the 2012 festival. As the presenter of Edge Media TV Ian is a respected commentator on peak oil, corporate greed and the New World Order agenda. A former executive in the oil industry, Ian has gone [...]

Skate and ride at Brighton’s Paddle Round The Pier 2012

Paddle Round the Pier 2012

After the huge popularity of the skateboarding ramps with skaters, BMX riders and spectators alike, we are pleased to announce that the ramps are back again for Paddle Round The Pier 2012 The ‘Skate & Ride Area’, which is situated on the promenade area of the Paddle Round The Pier beach festival site on Hove [...]

Brighton event: Surf Life Saving GB British Board Series 2012 Race 3 @ Brighton Beach 8 July 2012

Brighton event Surf Life Saving GB British Board Series 2012 Race 3 @ Brighton Beach 8 July 2012

The third race in the British Board Series is being held at Brighton Beach on 8 July 2012. This series has a great range of races for a wide range of abilities. If you’re new to board paddling, paddle any board you like over a short distance. Whether you want to compete or just want [...]

Brighton Japan: Friday 22 June – Saturday 30 June 2012

Brighton Japan 2012

Brighton Japan, Brighton and Hove’s very own 10-day long celebration of Japan-related arts, technology, design and business, starts tonight (22 June 2012) and continues until Saturday 30 June. Brought to us by Moshi Moshi, Brighton and Hove Japanese Club and Melting Vinyl, Brighton Japan takes over the city in collaboration with some of the best [...]

Family fun guaranteed at Brighton’s Paddle Round the Pier beach festival

Family fun guaranteed at Brighton’s Paddle Round the Pier beach festival

The Paddle Round The Pier beach Festival really does offer something for everyone and something for all ages – and this year is no exception! There is a huge array of events, activities and more on offer for families wanting to head down to the free charitable event, which takes place on Saturday 7 and [...]

Brighton event: First Sussex Festival of Nature @ Stanmer Park 24 June 2012

Brighton event First Sussex Festival of Nature @ Stanmer Park 24 June 2012

Brighton’s Stanmer Park will be hosting the first Sussex Festival of Nature this Sunday as a celebration of our environment. The event, organised by Brighton and Hove City Council with the South Downs National Park and the National Trust has evolved from the former Springwatch festival which also used to take place at Stanmer Park. [...]

Brighton Fringe 2012 review: No Poofs No Piano – by the people, for the people!

Brighton Fringe 2012 review No Poofs No Piano - by the people, for the people!

HyHo Productions’ Brighton Fringe 2012 show ‘No Poofs No Piano’ gets a review with a difference After months of waiting, sleepless nights and hapless days distracted, Brighton roared as HyHo Productions rolled into town on 25 and 26 May as part of Brighton Fringe 2012. Keen as they were to pen their own reviews – [...]

Brighton Festival 2012: Breakin’ Convention 2012 @ The Brighton Dome 29 May 2012

Brighton preview Breakin

Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes reviews an entertaining and inspiring evening at Brighton Dome. Breakin’ Convention broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. It went way beyond street dance, it was hip hop dance theatre of the highest quality and one of the best nights out I have ever had in Brighton. It [...]

Paddle Round The Pier 2012 music line up announced

Paddle Round The Pier 2012 music line up announced

The musical line up for Paddle Round The Pier 2012 beach festival in Brighton has been confirmed. A fantastic selection of local and more well-known acts will be playing to a packed crowd at this year’s Paddle Round The Pier – one of Brighton’s famous charity beach events. Music has always been a big part [...]