A Festival To Celebrate Our Community & Inspire Change

Brighton based initiative The Social Society are teaming up with Brighton on the Inside to bring The Big Session to Wagner Hall in October. A festival created to celebrate the local community and empower them to make a positive change in their own way, the one-day event brings a packed line-up of inspiring speakers, creative workshops, live music, food and fun.

The event is open to the whole community and will follow three key themes – Create. Disrupt. Connect.– bringing together inspirational people that are doing things differently in Brighton & Hove and beyond. A line up of creative workshops will also encourage guests to try new things, leaving inspired to create a positive change, no matter how big or small.

The one-day event on Saturday 12thOctober will also mark the first anniversary of The Social Society, a social club for social good that has revolutionised the charitable giving model, making it easier for people in our community to support local charities that need it. The membership model ensures that charities have access to people that want to donate their time and skills to a local cause, whilst their monthly fee goes towards fundraising. 

Candice Koing, Managing Director of Forward Facing, one of the six charities that The Social Society supports, said, “Working with The Social Society has been such an eye opener. There are so many people in our community willing to give their time to support a local charity, it’s been overwhelming. We’re big supporters of The Social Society’s new approach to changing the standard model of charitable giving. We’re really looking forward to The Big Session in October, as it will be a chance for us to meet more inspiring people in the local community and celebrate what makes Brighton & Hove unique.”

Already confirmed on the speaker line-up is Paul Richards from Stay Up Late, the charity that pioneered their innovative Gig Buddies project, also supported by The Social Society. Festival goers will also have the chance to hear from Jess Crocker from The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership who launched their Community Kitchen last year, Merlin Nation, Founder of Working Progress, an animation studio that helps organisations achieve positive change for people on the planet as well as Whitehawk Football Club ‘Ultra’ fan Josh Boyd who will be sharing his story about the unique and accessible close-knit community they have created.

As well as a packed itinerary of speakers at Wagner Hall, there will be a programme of workshops to encourage attendees to explore their creative side and learn new skills from a wide range of local artists and experts. Guests will have the opportunity to attend workshops run by local artist Kalee Jones, who will lead a 60-minute paper art workshop, Jason Nuttall from Crowdfunder, as he takes guests through how to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign in your community and Quick Draw sessions from local collective Drawn Together.

In the vestry of adjacent St Paul’s Church, well-being sessions will be held throughout the day, from yoga and visions and values workshops to meditation led sound healing, for those that want to stretch their bodies and their minds. When it comes to food and drink, there will be a pop-up coffee bar from Henfield roastery Craft House Coffee, street food from some Sussex favourites and a bar for those that want a local beer on the day. As well as the speakers, workshops, food and drink, there will be live entertainment including the Brighton Swing Choir – who will also be running a singing workshop on the day, acoustic music sets and live art from some of Brighton & Hove’s most creative people.

Tickets are available from www.thebigsession.compriced at just £25 for students and Social Society members, £30 full price. The day kicks off at 10.30am and there will be an after party arranged in the city centre for further networking, fun and chats that result in positive change.