‘The arts should be social, not elitist. They should be part of our everyday life. They should be in our communities, not only on elevated platforms or behind red velvet ropes.’ Kate Tempest, Brighton Festival Guest Director
Brighton People’s Theatre went into partnership with the Brighton Festival in order to co-programme two weekends of activity in the city during the 2017 May Festival.
The weekends, called Your Place, took place in Hangleton and in East Brighton. Your Place piloted a new partnership between the Festival and Brighton People’s Theatre to celebrate art in the heart of communities.
You can watch a video of highlights of the 2017 Brighton Festival which features a lot of footage from Your Place here.
Your Place in 2017 surpassed our expectations, with over 2000 people engaging with the various shows and workshops the Festival had on offer. In 2018 we are adding two new elements:
- shows, exhibitions, skills sharing workshops and fun activities run by local communities
- a Brighton People’s Theatre artist in residence in each of the communities making performance with local people
We are continuing to work with steering groups in both locations in partnership with the Hangleton and Knoll Project and Due East to develop Your Place for 2018 and beyond. A call out for artists will be announced soon.