Brighton Fringe Festival Top Picks


May is without a doubt one of the best times to visit Brighton, with lots of festivals including The Great Escape, Brighton Festival and Artist's Open Houses in full swing, there's entertainment everywhere you look! Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. With over 970 events at 155 venues across 4 weeks, there really is something for everyone. The festivities kick off on Thursday 4th May with the Brighton Fringe Launch Night Fireworks at The Warren, and live entertainment courtesy of Fringe City. With so much going on we've put together some of our top picks from this years programme!


Brighton Gay Men's Chorus: The Superhero Show
St George's Church, 5-6 May 19:30
They move among you unseen. To the untrained eye they appear just like you and me, but that's just a smokescreen. Then, Bam! Pow! Suddenly, there they are: righting wrongs; saving the day; helping you choose your wallpaper. They are the superpowered Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus.
Only in Brighton Tour
Meet outside Royal Pavilion shop, various dates
A fact-filled walk that celebrates this unique city. Discover what connects ABBA to the Portuguese Revolution; a stained wall to a worldwide brand; Mount Everest to Tesco.

Trade Winds
Shiny Town, 25-28, 30-31 May, 1-4 Jun 21:25
Trade Winds is an evocative performance installation depicting the journey of two women from different cultures. This stunning collaboration by Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic and contemporary Pacific visual artist, Samuel Tupou is a magical event for the whole family. Two performers literally dance on the water and as they move they become giant screens illuminated by a world of exquisite animated projections.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel, 18 - 21 May, 19:00 & 13:00
Chaos ensues as soon as you arrive at this fully immersive show where you dine, served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Join them for lashings of laughter, spontaneity and plenty of participation, along with a 3-course meal.
Shiny Town, 25-31 May, 1-4 Jun 20:15, 21:00, 22:05
A stunning acrobat suspended beneath a free standing arch performs to an original live score performed by Matt Constantine (Strings/Keyboards) and Trevor Walker (Trumpet). 
Part of Shiny Town in the Brighton Royal Pavilion Garden
Broadway Lunchbox
Broadway Lounge,  5-20, 22-31 May, 1-4 Jun 13:00
'Broadway Lunchbox' is a lunchtime cabaret show, changing every performance, with different performers and different songs running for the entirety of Brighton Fringe.
Drawing Circus
Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco, 8, 22 May 18:00
An extravaganza of themed figure-drawing. Come sketch with us as models in circus costume are frozen mid-act for your drawing delight. All abilities are welcome and drawing materials are provided.

Curry Leaf Cafe - Cooking Masterclasses
Curry Leaf Cafe, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 12:00
Brighton's award-winning Curry Leaf Cafe is running a series of interactive talks & cookery masterclasses at its new Kemptown Kitchen.

Sweet Dukebox, May 19-21
Patrick Sandford asked 100 people "How do you know when you are happy?" The answers - provocative, kaleidoscopic, astonishing - jump-started this crazy, optimistic-in-spite-of-everything show. 

Disco Yoga
Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, 14 May 09:30 & 11:30
Disco Yoga is a brand new yoga class inspired by a new generation of 'mindful drinkers' as well as those who simply want fitness to be fun and uplifting! It's for people who love to train hard and party hard, disco lovers, yoga aficionados and first timers looking for a new way to unwind and socialise!


The Warren: Main House, 23-25 May 20:00
Tommy, 22, lives with three generations of his family. They’ve learnt to ignore the strange things his nan says over dinner, and the bizarre rumblings coming from the attic. Horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage with Human Zoo’s trademark live music, puppetry, poetry and movement.


Fringe City Night
New Road, 2 Jun 18:00
Join us for our one-off Fringe City night-time special, celebrating the Brighton Fringe finale weekend. Come down to New Road for an evening of live outdoor entertainment, showcasing the best from Brighton Fringe 2017. Cabaret, live music, circus, acrobatics, theatre and comedy will be on offer, plus much more.



Click here to view the full festival lineup!

Happy Small Business Saturday!

This weekend is Small business Saturday, a non-commercial campaign running throughout the UK to celebrate small business success and encourage consumers to support independents by shopping locally! To celebrate we asked our Founder and Director Maria to answer a few questions on what being a small business means to her.

Q1. What is your favourite thing about owning your own business?
A: One of my favourite parts of running the business is developing new products. Over the last few years we have expanded into accessories, gifts and homeware as well as the jewellery that I started with. It is so exciting taking it from an idea that I have, to a physical product and I love seeing all of the personalisations that customers choose, which make it so special to them. I am also proud to have built a team around me in the studio over the last few years, they are brilliant - so supportive, hard working and really inspiring to work with each day! It is lovely working with my Mum Irina (in the photo below!) as well, and being able to see her at work daily. 

Q2. Why is Small Business Saturday important?
A: Small business Saturday is a great way to celebrate all the small businesses across the country. It highlights the success of these businesses and encourages consumers to buy locally and from smaller companies than they may usually. For us it's a great way to celebrate what we love doing! We love designing, personalising and making each of our customer orders, we love hearing the stories behind orders and knowing that our hard work makes others happy. For anyone considering shopping this weekend I encourage you to shop small, you will be amazed by the good-deed feeling you get from buying from a small business!

Q3. Lastly, what is your favourite Christmas gift of the collection this year? 
A: I love our new hexagon mirrors - especially the Polar Bear design - I have one in my house! I think they are a great way to make the house look festive (and are subtle enough to keep up all year round!)
Communities all over the UK are getting involved with local markets and celebrations and Brighton is no different. Here's how to get in on the #SmallBizSatUK action this weekend. 
1. Brighton Etsy Made Local Market
Saturday 3rd Dec at The Brighton Dome, 11am -5pm.
From November 26th - December 11th, local artists and makers open their doors to provide an alternative Christmas shopping experience. Take a break from the high street and visit their homes and studios, eat a mince pie, chat to the artists and pick up a unique gift for someone special. 

3. Brighton's Alt Open House
Pick up a map and follow the trail for an exciting shopping and exhibition experience. Open for four weekends including Dec 3rd/4th, 10th/11th and 17th/18th, the trail exhibits local artists work as well as events and workshops.
4. Head to the North Laines!
The North Laines are full of small business's, check out our list of favourite Brighton independents for inspiration.

Get involved and show your support for #SmallBizSatUK 
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