Community event Our Place returns to Brighton Festival

Last years Your Place event at Hangleton was a hit
Last years Your Place event at Hangleton was a hit

Free community arts events will take place in Hangleton and East Brighton as part of this year’s Brighton Festival.

It’s the third year of the Our Place events, which were created to reach out to outlying communities in the city and make Brighton Festival accessible for all.

The event is family friendly and open to all

The event is family friendly and open to all

There will be theatre, live music, dance, art, games, workshops and family entertainment, all selected by members of the community.

Nicole Monney, community worker from Hangleton & Knoll Project, said: “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!”

Our Place visits East Brighton on Saturday, May 18 and Hangleton on Saturday, May 25. Expect wheelchair tango dancing to community craftivism; a time travel treasure hunt and a virtual reality underwater experience.

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 and 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.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Festival, said: “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 more information on Our Place, visit: {http://brightonfestival.org/join_in/our_place/|brightonfestival.org/join_in/our_place/