Thursday, February 28, 2008

Brighton Festival

It is that time of year where thoughts turn to the old Brighton Festival. The main website is on-line here and you can check the program to see whats on. The Fringe website is up but no listings as yet.

I can't say a whole lot grabs me this year. The most interesting things with a music slant seem to be in the "books and debate" section of all places. Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant, Alex James and the incomprehensible Mark E Smith are all plugging books.

Tickets go on sale Firday the 29th and it usually pays to get in quick as the popular stuff sells out fast.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Eastbourne Festival

Hot on the heels of the Adur and Brighton Festivals, we now have the Eastbourne Festival to look forward to. This is two weeks of culture taking place in various venues around Eastbourne from the 15th to the 30th or March. It features open houses, exhibitions, comedy, dance, music, theatre and a whole lot more. I have had a quick look through the program and while it doesn't have the big names that come to Brighton, it still has a lot of varied and interesting stuff on offer. Radio 4 will be recording an episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and Colin Dexter will be talking about Inspector Morse. It is as good an excuse as any for a day trip there as any.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rue Asher @ HQ Gallery

Rue Asher has an exhibition of his watercolours in Lewes. Rather than the usual wishy washy landscapes that you tend to get with water colours, these are bright urban spaces and sea side images. The exhibition is at the HQ Gallery in Lewes, from Feb 23rd- Mar 16th 2008.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Brussels Meets Brighton

Some Brighton artists are taking part in an interesting meeting of minds in London in April. Called Brussels Meets Brighton it is a showcase of talent from Brighton and Brussels.

"Between 30th April and the 3rd of May London’s exciting Shunt Lounge will host a massive exhibition involving Arts Collectives from Brighton, Brussels and London. The event will incoporate a feast of fascinating performance including: live music, puppetry, dance and physical theatre, video and sound installations, photography, slam poetry, scientists, robotics and more."

With over 60 names on the list of artists it looks like an interesting line up.

Friday, February 15, 2008

On The Pull@Brighton Museum & Art Gallery *Update

No, thats not my idea of a good day out, it is a new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

"Explore love and attraction, tender romance and the call of the wild, as Brighton Museum goes on the pull. Come along with your friends and lovers to discover hidden love stories - from coming of age to the thrill of the chase, when love goes wrong and the happy-ever-after."

Sounds fun.

Here are some pics from the Kissing Booth.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Great Escape Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Great Escape music festival held in Brighton are now on sale. It takes place on the 15/16/17 of May at most of the music venues around town.

The bands announced so far include ;
Young Knives, Black Mountain, Fujiya and Miyagi, Tourngat, Wintersleep, School of Langauge, The Wombats, The Hold Steady, The Subways, Black Lips, White Lies, Monobright, Iron and Wine, Public Service Announcers, Born Ruffians, Broken Mirrors, Ipso Facto, Beat Union, Mother Mother, This City, One Night Only, Teenagers, Canterbury, Crystal Castles, Johnny Foreigner, Ida Maria, Team Waterpolo, Ebony Bones and The Black Angels.

Early Bird tickets cost £35 and get you in to any show (subject to the venues capacity). The ticket price will go up nearer to the time.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Everyday Anomalies@Phoenix Gallery

There is a new exhibition opened at the Phoenix Gallery. It is called Everyday Anomalies and it aims to "observe and highlight the minutiae of everyday life". There is an interesting review of it here. It appears to be sponsored by Buffet Island and China Now, the latter being a huge marketing drive by China to play up the culture and downplay the politics.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Arts Council Funding Cuts

It looks the Brighton arts scene will be hit by cuts in Arts Council funding. Coming a year after the Gardner Arts Centre closed, it seems that the Komedia and Zap Arts have not had their funding renewed. The money only accounted for 6% of the Komedia's money but even that may mean less of the cutting edge dance/theatre like Ketzal and a few more nights of the popular but safe Treason Show.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thais Beltrame, San and John Simpson @ OContemporary

There is a new exhibition coming up at the OContemporary featuring

Thais Beltrame
A hugely talented female Brazilian urban artist from Sao Paulo whose tender and dark line drawings are hugely collectable

One of Spain's leading urban artists whose work regularly sells out around the world, exhibiting for the first time in the UK

One of the UK's top contemporary talents, whose stunning ethereal images are caught between adult reasoning and childhood imagination

This runs from the 9th February to the 9th March

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chinese Culture Day

Sunday the 17 Feb see a day of all things Chinese come to Brighton.

"Enjoy Chinese New Year with a jam-packed day of celebrations in the heart of Brighton. Taking place at the Dome Complex, the menu of events boasts a wide range of free shows and activities for the whole family, including music, dance, and theatre and community choirs. The Corn Exchange will be full to the brim with interesting stalls and tasty Chinese delicacies, plus, you can expect a wide range of ‘have-a-go’ workshops, including brush painting, ribbon dance and lantern making. The whole event will spill onto the streets, when the North Laine area is transformed into a Chinese extravaganza, with vibrant, festive banners, lanterns, Lion dancers and Dragon parades. The finale to the day is a Chinese lantern parade, which will gather in Jubilee Square at 6.30pm before making its way along New Road to Pavilion Gardens for a surprise culmination."