Brighton Fringe Festival

Published: Monday 24th Apr 2017

Written by: Elliot Hatt

Participate in something new and exciting during the Brighton Fringe Festival

This year Brighton Fringe returns to the city from 5th May to 4th June and it is perfect for those wanting to spend the May bank holidays or half term down in Brighton. The Fringe festival is the largest in England, welcoming an audience of over 500,000 during the 2016 festival, which also makes it one of the largest in the world!

The Fringe is an extension to the long running Brighton Festival and it established itself as an independent festival in 2006. This year the Fringe is bigger than ever, with over 970 events during the four weeks, ensuring that there’s something to suit all tastes. As this is an open access arts festival you will find a variety of art forms on display and we’ve picked out a few highlights to get you started.

Start the festival off with a bang on 4th May with the Brighton Fringe Launch Night complete with a firework display and live entertainment. The event is hosted at the Warren, near St Peter’s Church, and best of all tickets are free!

You’ll find a huge array of different musical acts on show from Africa Entsha, an acapella group who performed at the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony, to Sorbaji's Opus Clavicembalisticum, a five-hour piano marathon. You’ll find music from all around the world, including the Kakande West African Drummers and Brighton School of Samba, as well as celebrations of the best of British music, perhaps no more so than the Beatles, who are showcased in the Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour.

There are also a number of shows on offer, ranging from high-flying circus shows such as Elixir, to cabaret and burlesque shows such as Cirque du Cabaret. A unique production to be seen is Another Brighton which brings to the stage representatives of vulnerable communities, giving them a voice, and you another perspective on the city.

If you are spending the half term with the family down in Brighton, the Fringe Festival has an array of family friendly shows perfect for children. The first place to check off the list is the Children's Area: The Den at The Warren, providing play facilities and creative projects. Another popular choice is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show which brings the much-loved children’s book to life in the form of puppets. Finally, there is the Fringe City Family Picnic in the Pavilion Gardens, with free shows and activities to enjoy!

As you can see there is a huge selection of things to see and do at Brighton Fringe, so don’t miss out on seeing what this amazing artistic city has to offer!


Elliot Hatt



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