It’s that time of year again, Brighton Fringe is just around the corner and many are already planning which events to attend at the four-week festival on the south coast. Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in the UK with nearly 4000 performances throughout the month. There has never been a better reason to spend a weekend away in Brighton, as the 2013 Fringe promises to be bigger and better than any past year.
Brighton is the self-proclaimed culture capital of the South, a city where literally anything goes and expression is encouraged in all forms. The Fringe is an entirely open festival, which means that any art form is welcome, and anyone can put on an event and perform over the course of the four-weeks. There is no selection testing or artistic criteria to worry about, leaving performers free to do what they do best, perform. The idea of the festival is to explore new and exciting art forms and performances you may never have come across without Fringe. Many perform hoping to gain exposure and potentially industry or media interest that is difficult to achieve in the arts world.
Whilst some of the events at Brighton Fringe Festival have entry fees, many of the acts over the course of the Fringe are free. There are 165 free shows scheduled for 2013 including outdoor performances and comedy workshops and plenty going on throughout the city over the course of the festival. Fringe City is the biggest of the outdoor free events, taking place every Saturday during the Fringe it is the best place to see a showcase of the best Brighton Fringe has to offer. There are stilt walkers, stalls, dance-offs in the street, puppeteers, acrobats and of course music everywhere. If you can imagine it you will probably find it at Brighton Fringe Festival.
If any of the paid shows catch your eye it’s advisable to buy tickets sooner rather than later as this year tickets are selling fast. Some of the ticketed events include Sinnead O’Connor, The Flaming Lips and a performance of King Lear to name but a few of the eclectic mix of shows and spectacles occurring over the festival period.
The Fringe doesn’t end with the festival and Brighton Fringe is also the name of the organisation that promotes artists, producers and audiences all year round. They work with the World Festival Network and the World Fringe Alliance to aid artists fundraising, promotion and touring. Events like Brighton Fringe are vital to artists who may not always be recognised without a platform such as this to showcase their work on. Often alternative acts and art find difficulty finding an outlet that will take a risk on something new and put them in front of an audience.
Whatever your taste, you are bound to find something new to challenge you and expand your horizons at Brighton Fringe Festival. So head down for a weekend wander round Fringe City and who knows, you might be one of the first people to witness the next big thing.