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 has gone 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, are happening on the 13th and 14th May in Hangleton and the 20th and 21st May in Whitehawk. Your Place is piloting a new partnership between the Festival and Brighton People’s Theatre to put the arts in the heart of local communities. We will be evaluating and learning from this pilot year with a view to doing things bigger and better next year.

Brighton Festival have booked a number of festival artists to perform during both weekends. Following the sell out success of our first show the Festival also asked the current Brighton People’s Theatre company to perform Tighten Our Belts

We have set up steering groups in both locations in partnership with the Hangleton and Knoll Project and Due East in Whitehawk. Residents from both areas are working with us to finish programming the weekends.

We recently ran an open call out for professional artists with ideas for shows, workshops or participatory creative experiences that could be part of both weekends.

The application process is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit proposals. We have been extremely impressed by the quality and range of ideas.

You can download the programmes for Hangleton and East Brighton on the Brighton Festival website on the Your Place web page here.