Head to the coastal town of Brighton for one of the world's largest fringe festivals to enjoy a month of comedy, cabaret, dance, art and music.
- When? 5 May - 4 June 2017
- Where? Various venues, Brighton
- Price: Individual event prices vary
Are you the annoying friend that tags everyone in memes? Or maybe the one that still tries to pull the whoopee cushion joke off? Sounds like you need some new material and we have just the event.
Join in the fun at one of the world’s largest fringe festivals on your next May Bank Holiday weekend for big laughs and big talent. Brighton welcomes acts from across the globe to its sunny shores for the month long event, which put on 932 events in 2016, 215 of which were free. With 6500 performances at 177 venues you are sure to find something that will leave you in awe or make you cry with laughter (or both).
Enjoy free laughs with ‘Alcopop Work in Progress’, a one-man comedic act who shares his story of being homeless and jobless with two children, or go and test your dance skills at the Brighton School of Samba. If art is more your thing, you’ll love the ‘Dancing Shadows’ visual arts exhibition, or get tickets to the ‘Electric Cabaret Presents Moulin Rouge’ if you like a can-can show.
The most impressive event of the festival has to be the Fringe All Nighter. Begin your fringe frenzy at 6 p.m. on a Friday evening and challenge yourself to stay awake for the 9.a.m. breakfast the following day after enjoying a night packed with comedy, cabaret and theatrical performers who will guarantee that you won’t need matchsticks to keep your eyes open.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a comedian or have a top notch act you want the rest of the world to see, then you might want to take part in the festival as a performer as well as a spectator. Brighton Fringe Festival follows the ‘anyone can enter’ policy where acts simply have to find the right venue, self-promote and network with no need to audition. The organisation prides themselves on being a reliable, knowledgeable point of contact for growing artists, with workshops, mentoring and bursary programmes providing participants with the necessary support to grow and develop.
The festival invites big names in the Arts Industry such as UK and International Festivals, tour bookers, funders and local authority arts officers, to help artists perform to the right people and get their name known in the wider art community. This has proven successful in the past with many acts being booked for shows elsewhere in the UK and further afield.
What’s more, the Fringe Academy gives acts the chance to expand their knowledge of the arts with skills-based training and advice from experienced professionals through a series of workshops. ‘My First Fringe’ is a must for festival newcomers who want help making connections and finding a venue whereas the ‘My First Fringe: Venue Mangers’ is aimed at new venues who want to be featured in the festival line up, giving advice on the sign-up process. There are also useful seminars such as ‘How to write a press release’ and ‘How to: Budget for your Brighton Fringe Event’ for new and existing acts who need a little extra support with the boring paperwork side of things.
Whether you go to showcase your talent or just want a good laugh, Brighton Fringe Festival is the place to go. You can finally be the friend that everyone laughs with, not laughs at.
- Get there: Most of the venues are within walking distance of each other, and those that aren't can be accessed by bus, bike and taxi.
- Stay: Book accommodation near to public transport for ease getting around.
Visit the official website for the full lineup, help booking tickets and for more information.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!