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Visiting Brighton Citroen shows its C-side

Fringe sponsors

Fringe sponsors

Zipping through the seafront traffic past the Brighton bed & breakfasts and not a sound. That’s because, thanks to Citroen, we had a whole hour in one of the company’s new electric cars. And we can tell you: it was impressive. Visiting Brighton you’d think there would be more of these on the roads, but these were the first we’d seen and they looked great.

As sponsors of the Brighton Festival Fringe Citroen has taken a back seat, letting the acts, not the company PR, do the talking – smart move, as we’re hardly a crowd that likes overpowering corporate sponsorship of our much-prized arts events.
But getting out its two funky new Citroen C-Zero electric cars for the public was a wise move: A town with a green council, thousands of cyclists and streets busy with holiday-makers leaving hotels in Brighton, it’s the perfect place to show off the newest green motor.

Citroen checks out the arches

Citroen checks out the arches

Parked up and charged up outside Brighton town hall, it wasn’t long before these two bumble bee-yellow bubble cars racked up the miles.

We took ours out along the coast to see if it had the horses to keep up with traffic, and it did. Then it was into the marina to see how it fared in small spaces – its turning circle proved as tight as the Sunday market traders.

Not cheap mind (32k) – there’s a government grant to bring costs down – although for now, Citroen is really still showing what can be done in a practical city car. With a decent range (90+ miles), useable top speed (80mph) and room for four and a couple of bags of shopping, it could tempt if you’ve the money, or maybe make a council car –  perhaps we’ll see the Mayor / Caroline Lucas behind the wheel?

Most cyclists I know would like a car, it just needs to be a green car – even if it is bright yellow. And Brighton’s the perfect place to see what it’s really like to live with an electric car. No emmissions, no road tax, no petrol and you can charge them from 8 points around the city – perfect even for people just visiting Brighton: C’mon Citroen, roll it out!

If you think Citroen should let our blogger test the C-Zero for a month, so we can see really how good it is, vote on the hotel’s Facebook page

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What’s on in Brighton this weekend?

Its never an easy question to answer: “What’s on in Brighton this weekend”, especially when you see what’s on this weekend – it’s rammed!

There’s so much happening. If you didn’t already know, there’s the double cultural fest of Brighton Festival and Brighton Festival Fringe. One puts on the top names at the best venues, while the other shows of the eclectic and multiarious talents that are emerging locally and nationally – expect some oddities and eye-openers.

Brighton - the place to be

Brighton - the place to be

Strangley , it’s all kicked off with a children’s parade. Starting at 10:30 floats from schools all over the city will be taking over the streets bringing a real Rio feel to the place. Expect the town centre to be rammed with buggies and bunting-draped floats.

Even more fun for kids is the Comedy Club 4 kids at the town’s most famous comedy club Komedia.

For more info about activities for families in Brighton, check out ChildfriendlyBrighton’s pages, here

And for art lovers everywhere there’s the Artists Open Houses – some of the town’s most celbrated artists and complete unknowns open their doors to all.  Not to be missed, especially if you are looking for something unique to take home as a souvenir of your stay in Brighton.

And if that’s not enough, well  I can tell you what’s on in Brighton: the summer is on in Brighton! We’ve had stunning weather for nearly a month so expect the beach to be rammed too!

Have a great stay and make sure to check out our Brighton local events pages for more details

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Festival Fringe and its most popular show

There’s no way of telling before the Festival Fringe which show or exhibit will be the most popular. But we’ve got our money on The Great Wall of Vagina.

Jamie and his work

Jamie and his work

Now, if you are new to this town or just know Brighton at the weekend, this might surprise you a little – it may even shock a few people. But for us, it’s just what we expect from the Brighton Festival Fringe (ok, actually even we had to look twice when we heard about it!)

Briefly, its a nine-metre long sculpture of plaster casts of vaginas, taken from women of all ages by artist Jamie McCartney over five years and arranged into ten panels.

Liberating for many, offensive to some. Remember this is the Brighton Festival Fringe: it will challenge and surprise you!

The best way to get an idea of what the work is really about is to see it for yourself. Visiting Brighton in the next few weeks just pop in to his studios at 7 Ship Street.

Jamie’s sculpture opens on the 6th May, is a world premiere and you’ll learn much more about it watching the vid he’s shared with us.

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Brighton’s festivals by the sea

Spring madness

Spring madness

Usually it’s Summers that people associate most with festivals. Well, Brighton has got two events back-to-back that turn this on its head. Spring is on its way and with it are the Brighton Festival and The Great Escape, Brighton’s festivals by the sea.

The Brighton Festival gets underway in May, with the first of hundreds of performances by top name entertainers. And there’s its bastard brother, the Fringe Festival. Roommates but not bedfellows, the two festivals help contrast the famous with the freaky.

Headline acts at the festival are DJ Shadow, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Asian Dub Foundation, and headman, voodoo looney and musical genius, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

The Fringe is no less colourful, actually it’s set to be properly odd: on one night you’ve the Netherlands National Theatre, on another you’ll get a look at the world’s best portable crazy golf course. There’s the Rotten Wedding – an interactive wedding reception, and projects running cross the city by the Youth Arts Festival.

 Brighton's music festival by the sea

Brighton's music festival by the sea

With this under your belt – trust us, you couldn’t possibly see everything, even if you did take a holiday in Brighton for the entire month – your best bet is to stay in festival mode all the way through May. Because before you know it, you’ll be thrown in at the deep end of another one of Brighton’s festivals by the sea, The Great Escape.

Some of the worlds’ top acts descend on Brighton: Paulo Nutini, The Vaccines, Friendly Fires, Hauschka, Katy B -this festival is rammed.During the three days from 12-14 May there’s 300 artists playing at 30 venues and a convention of speakers from the music industry.

So it’s begun! Delegates can get discounted rooms at the hotel, although with all the after-parties going on, it could be that they don’t get in much before dawn anyway…

Brighton Festival 7-29 May

Brighton Fringe 7-30 May

The Great Escape 12-14 May

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Who?

Image- Stuart Isett - isett.com

Image- Stuart Isett - isett.com

Staying in Brighton you can’t help but be whisked along by the Brighton Festival. And if you haven’t heard yet, this year’s guest director is the civil rights protestor Aung San Suu Kyi. Now if you are drawing breath and asking: “Who?” then here’s some background on the lady and her remarkable life:

Aung was born the daughter of a hero of Burmese independence, Aung San, who was assassinated when she was only two years old. Having studied at Oxford she married an Englishman, before returning home to help her sick mother.

As the Burmese were fighting for democracy, Aung gave speeches across Burma in support. She went on to lead her opposition party. But the Burmese military, realising the threat she posed, acted against her.  Banned from standing for election, imprisoned and generaly abused by the leadership, she still won a massive share of the votes.

Well, the government kept power and kept her locked up whenever it could – it even attempted to assassinate her at one point.

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, The Sakharov Prize and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, she is possibly the world’s best knows political activist . And after a total of 15 years in detention, she was released in November 2010.

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Freedom and creativity - here comes the Brighton festival!

Why the Festival? Well, it’s more about her inspiration to people fighting for their rights, in whichever form this may take. Oh, and the Burmese government is unlikely to let her back in to the country if she leaves. So, guess what? She’s staying and continuing to fight for freedom!

The festival takes place from7-29 May, and if you’ve never spent any of your weekends in Brighton, pick one this May. The Festival and the Fringe Festival define this crazy, mixed up, spun-out little bastion of creativity.

And for more about this remarkable woman, take a look at The Burma Campaign UK’s website – if you have a political bone in your body , or campaign for rights for the LGBT community, you will be inspired…

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