East Brighton: Sat 18 May, from 11am, Manor Gym, BN2 5EA, Free
Hangleton: Sat 25 May, from 10am, Hangleton Community Centre, BN3 8 BW, Free
Join Our Place for two free weekends of Festival fun, put together by and for the local communities of East Brighton and Hangleton as part of Brighton Festival. Expect a packed selection of theatre, live music, dance, art, games, workshops and family entertainment on Sat 18 May in East Brighton and Sat 25 May in Hangleton.
At Our Place everyone is welcome, from wheelchair tango dancing to community craftivism; a time travel treasure hunt to a virtual reality underwater experience – activities and entertainment are open for all ages.
Performance highlights include My House, a quirky theatre experience for little people to explore through doors and windows; Catch Me, a playful and dynamic pop up style performance blending dance and acrobatics; and sing-along to the sounds of ABBA with Re-Bjorn!
Back in 2017, Brighton Festival Guest Director Kate Tempest was inspired to initiate Your Place, a project with the aim of taking the Festival out to the communities of Brighton & Hove who might not be able to participate in cultural and artistic events. After two successful years, Your Place has changed to Our Place in recognition of the growing partnership of residents from Hangleton & Knoll Project and Due East with support from Brighton People’s Theatre.
Nicole Monney, community worker from Hangleton & Knoll Project, commented:
“The Our Place steering committee is made up of local residents and organisations, from a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and skills. We want there to be opportunities in our community that everyone can enjoy, and where cost and location isn’t a barrier. This is the third year we’ve been involved, we learn something new every time and have seen it getting bigger and better. We really hope that residents and visitors discover something they’ll really enjoy!”
Rhianydd Summersett, member of the Hangleton Our Place Steering Committee, commented:
“It’s exciting this year because it’s got momentum as it’s gone on. It’s been great getting [Our Place] out into the local communities, seeing it grow from the first year… we’ve been given the option of choosing what shows we have on and the community has taken part in that. Hopefully it’s going to be bigger and better.”
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival commented:
“Bringing Brighton Festival together each year is a great privilege but it’s vital that the Festival continues to reflect and involve the whole city. One of the key things about Our Place is that the communities have been really engaged in planning and managing the project and it felt really important to be able to build on this work and the relationships we have developed again this year. Our hope is that this project will continue to grow and become something that everyone looks forward to each year.”
For the list of Our Place events visit: https://brightonfestival.org/join_in/our_place/
Our Place is supported by University of Sussex.