BLOG: A Charitable Twist On Festival Season

May is here once again, meaning it is festival season in Brighton. There are so many things to do and see in the month of May, some of which even include supporting local causes.

Here we’ll talk you through some of the charities involved in the festivals and what you can do to help.

Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival is run by Brighton Dome, which itself is a charity which you can support through making a donation or becoming a member. But the Brighton Festival does its bit to directly support the community as well.

Their innovative Pay-It-Forward scheme means you can help people on low incomes access the festival. When you buy a ticket to Brighton Festival you have the option to donate an extra £5 to the scheme which Brighton Festival matches to offer a free place to someone unable to afford it. A great opportunity to help make the arts accessible to everyone.

Your Place is another event that aims to bring the festival to the wider community. This takes the form of two weekends of free arts and cultural activities in Hangleton and East Brighton delivered in partnership with Brighton People’s Theatre.  

Brighton Fringe


Another registered charity, Brighton Fringe relies on public support to run the open access festival every year. They are currently running a crowd funding campaign to source funding for next year’s Fringe after losing their headline sponsor. So if you want to help secure the future of Brighton Fringe you can donate here in exchange for some exciting rewards.

But lot of charities and local organisations are running their own events as part of the fringe which you can attend. For example, local charity Man Kind are presenting a new play called ‘Waiting for Gandalf’. Using theatre, they aim change the way society thinks about male sexual abuse.

There are loads of shows to choose from so check out Brighton Fringe’s programme to find more shows with charitable links here.

Great Escape And Artists Open Houses


But it’s not all about Brighton Fringe and Brighton Festival. The Great Escape and Artists Open Houses also take place in Brighton this month.

This year, The Great Escape have partnered with local charity FareShare who raise awareness about food waste. They also redistribute surplus food to vulnerable people in Sussex. If you are buying a ticket to the music festival you can also make a £1 donation to the charity and support a good cause.  

Also, the theme for this year’s Artists Open Houses is ‘homelessness, recovery and outsider art’. Much of the art on show will be raising awareness of these issues and several homeless and recovery centres across the city will be taking part.  These centres will be exhibiting the work of many talented artists, writers, photographers and makers who access their support.

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