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Posts Tagged ‘Brighton Fringe’

Aung San Suu Kyi: Who?

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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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Why Brighton celebrates with Pride…

It's Pride 2010!

It's Pride 2010!

If you’re arriving in Brighton for the first time this weekend you are in for a pleasant surprise: it’s Pride 2010! Brighton celebrates all sexualities, and from today you will really see them all, because it’s ’showtime’!

This is Brighton: it is different, it is special and this weekend it’s the Pride festival. So, who better to explain the delights and dramas of Pride than trustee Geoffrey Bowden, interviewed here:

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Everyone’s coming to Brighton!

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

It’s official: Brits are staying at home! The latest government statistics prove that more than ever, British people are choosing Brighton over Bologna.

There were 11 million fewer trips made to foreign countries from 2008 through 2009, and 15 per cent fewer trips abroad for holidays.

That’s because it’s so good here! Take Brighton for instance: We have had three weeks of glorious weather – it’s only rained once, and that was in the middle of the night!

The beach has one of the highest cleanliness ratings, there are half a dozen parks to enjoy, and as for the nightlife, it really is second to none.

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Here comes Johnny – Smiths guitarist set to play Brighton

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

It has just been announced that Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist who was Morrissey’s side-kick in The Smiths, is set to grace a Brighton stage during the city’s The Great Escape festival.

Marr, whose jangly playing style inspired thousands of teenagers to put down their air guitars and pick up real ones, is now plying his trade with British indie group The Cribs – who will be appearing at the Corn Exchange this Thursday, May 13th.

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Bighton’s Top Cafés No.9 – The Sanctuary

Set just south of Western Road, on the way to Hove is the Sanctuary Café. And what a sanctuary it is. Opposite, in a back lane is a yoga and therapeutic massage centre, and inside is food of the finest flavours.

Sanctuary Cafe

Sanctuary Cafe

With dedicated organic fare, the team at Sanctuary prepare most of the food on-site; this includes cakes and snacks, which are top notch (several vegan and gluten free options) – definitely one for the Top Café’s list.

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The children are taking over!

fringegreyscalethumbYes folks, for one day only, the  kids are taking over Brighton. Don’t worry, it’s just the Children’s Parade and it’s going to be lots of fun, especially for visitors to Brighton bringing their families and kids.

The traditional curtain raiser for the Brighton Fringe Festival sees school children enjoy their own carnival, as the city closes its roads and lets them run wild. Well, not wild – the event is always well organised.

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Having a laugh in Brighton

When a hen party books a weekend in Brighton, you can always guarantee one thing: the girls will be having a laugh. Well, if laughter is your medicine, then Doctor Brighton has the prescription for you: The Brighton Comedy Fringe.

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Just who is Eno?

Brian Eno

Brian Eno

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere, but just who is Brian Eno?

Well, it’s almost impossible to not have heard his music at some time, and now as guest artistic director of the Brighton Festival, you can’t miss him. Read the rest of this entry »

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April – So much to do

Everyone’s talking about the fringe, but let’s not forget out April! As usual, there is loads going on in town. So whether the weather holds out or not, there is always fun to be had beside the seaside. So what can we look forward to this month? Read the rest of this entry »

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Beach Fest

I just had the best day ever in Brighton. Have you ever been to the Brunswick Festival? It’s a blast that happens every year in August. Between the food booths, second hand dealers and musicians, it’s a laid back affair with a  hippyish feel. I bought some mini animal figurines for 10p and got handed poetry by a man in an eagle outfit. The festival is two days (August 22nd and 23rd) but had a satellite day this year a week earlier where a dog show was held. aug09 009

If you love nothing more than lounging on grass and listening to music, you have got to go to the Beachdown festival. It’s four days of outdoor festival madness over the end of August  bank holiday. This year’s festival is headed by Grace Jones! I love Grace Jones. Beachdown could rival Glastonbury in the outdoor festival stakes, gourmet food tents and all.   Pull up to the Devil’s Dyke, baby in your long back limosine…

Update: The Beachdown Festival has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen financial circumstances! AHHHHHHHHHH!

You might think that the festival season begins and ends with Pride but that is really not the case. This year we also hosted a vegan festival, a beer festival and the incomperable Brighton Fringe, where you can see a stripping granny and Queens park full of lanterns at night, amongst other things.  The festival goes on for weeks with some paid and some free events.

Another Brighton Festival worth a mention is the Great Escape, which is a music festival featuring a lot  top music acts. Most the festivals are during the summer but there is always something going on. I do want to mention that unfortunately Pride  is for all intents and purposes is a summer event. Winter Pride is nothing to speak of, it’s just a good excuse to go clubbing in Brighton. Actually, that IS something to speak of! aug09 011

I like to be thought of   as someone in the know, so let me tell you about an event you might otherwise miss. Bonfire Night in Lewes includes a fire lit parade through the centre of town. The historical day takes on a modern twist in this old town. Make sure to stop at Bills (like Brighton’s Bills) and have a nice snack.

One thing I want to mention about Lewes, don’t take buses from here. The buses stop running ridiculously early most days (especially Sunday) so be sure to carefully plan your travel arrangements.

For Autumn, I’m looking forward to the Brighton Food Fest, The Comedy Festival and Guy Fawkes in Lewes. Hotel prices are dropping for Autumn and cheap advance tickets are available on Southern again. Take an early September break in Brighton, miss the kids, catch the beach and get ready to get festive!

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