First glimpse of ‘Shiny Town’ ahead of Brighton Fringe

Shiny Town at the Royal Pavilion during Brighton Fringe (Photograph: Slawek Staszczuk)
Shiny Town at the Royal Pavilion during Brighton Fringe (Photograph: Slawek Staszczuk)

A new venue will pop up at the Royal Pavilion Gardens during this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Shiny Town will become the latest addition to Brighton Fringe’s 155 venues putting on shows throughout May and early June.

A town square will appear in the gardens in front of the Royal Pavilion, housing outdoor stages, an artificial lake and numerous food stalls and bars.

Linda Catalano, chair of Shiny Town Entertainment Committee, said: “We are tremendously excited about Shiny Town springing up in the Royal Pavilion Garden in May.

“Brighton is a city of surprises. A place to expect the unexpected, where ingenuity and city life merge to produce a vibrant and exhilarating mix.

“Shiny Town takes that a few steps further and, mirroring both the unconventional creative nature of the city sitting alongside ordinary life and with more than a nod to the architecture and history of the Royal Pavilion itself, our programming takes Brighton itself as its inspiration.

“Like all shiny things, Shiny Town will provide a sharp reflection of its surroundings.”

The programme of live entertainment at Shiny Town includes Arco, a night-time acrobatic performance, and Trade Winds, performed on the artificial lake, reimagining voyages, meetings and exchanges between different cultures across the sea.

On May 29, Mother India 21st Century Remix will take to the outdoor stage with an ‘audio visual music masterpiece’, marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, and acting as an acknowledgement to the Royal Pavilion Brighton’s history as a hospital for Indian soldiers wounded in the battlefields of the First World War.

Shiny Town will also host ‘a surreal and hilarious’ rock roadshow Bramble FM, and Brighton based DJ, cabaret and performance artist Boogaloo Stu.

Brighton Fringe runs from May 5 to June 4. To find out more, visit: www.brightonfringe.org