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Skatepark Romeo & Juliet | Hollingdean Park & Skate Park
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May | 3pm & 7pm

Featuring a 60 strong cast of local young actors and dancers aged 12- 25 this production based on Shakespeare’s classic love story includes, Dance, Spoken Word and Rap, Verbatim,  Skates and Bikes!   It promises to be an explosion of youth culture.

We have worked closely with Project Female Dance company, Brighton People’s Theatre, Brighton Youth Centre and Northbrook College to create a joyous collaboration across the city.

Critically acclaimed youth theatre company Windmill Young Actors has been commissioned by Brighton Festival. The award-winning young company has re-imagined the greatest love story of all time, through the eyes of young people. The Shakespeare is intercepted with verbatim words from interviews with young people about love and sex.  Themes of knife crime and inequality are brought out from the original text.  A group of Litter Pickers move the audience around the park for different parts of the performance.

Windmill Young Actors are a local company of young actors and performers presenting professional theatre shows all year round. The company have enjoyed the success of many sell-out runs at Brighton Fringe Festival, have won awards and received numerous 5 star reviews for their hard-hitting and imaginative performances. In Brighton Festival Fringe 2017 Windmill Young Actors won the Outstanding Theatre Award with their performance of Agamemnon.  We focus on bringing in young people from socio economic diverse backgrounds into the company. We offer intensive experiences like this, free of charge and we run free clubs as well as fee paying clubs all year round.

Windmill Young Actors are led by professional theatre director Tanushka Marah (previous Winner of The Young Vic Young Director Awards), whose history also includes working at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The youth theatre group hold weekly drama clubs across Brighton & Hove for all ages between 5 and 25. The company’s previous productions include ‘Macbeth’, ‘, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Agamemnon’ and  political dramas ‘About a Revolution’ and ‘Losing It’.

Previous Company Reviews
 “A sensory assault from beginning to end” Review Hub ★★★★★
“I can’t recall a piece of theatre as gripping as this.” Fringe Review★★★★★
Winners of The Outstanding Theatre Award Brighton Festival Fringe 2017 www.windmillyoungactors.com

Brighton Festival unveils The Riwaq –

a bespoke colonnade on Hove seafront

 

Click here for a short film of The Riwaq build.

 

Click here for finished images of The Riwaq.

 

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz bring a unique architectural element to this year’s Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts space on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

 

The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade – is a semi-open space based at Hove Lawns providing a unique contrast and framing to the coast beyond. The bespoke horseshoe-shaped structure, a staple of Islamic architecture, spans almost 30 metres in diameter and serves as a transitional creative threshold between the surrounding city and the great outdoors. ­

 

The Riwaq will host an eclectic programme of free cultural and community events for the duration of the Festival, running 7 – 29 May. Local organisations and artists staging artistic takeovers include Best Foot Music & In-House Records, whose work celebrates international musicians and the power of creative rehabilitation; award-winning learning-disabled arts company Carousel; and Little Green Pig, showcasing young and underrepresented writers in Brighton & Hove. A wider programme of family events, spoken word and live music and dance performances takes place Wednesdays to Sundays – from Iranian storytelling to screen printing workshops to Bhangra dance sessions.

 

Click here to explore The Riwaq programme.

 

Marwa Al-Sabouni says:

“The Riwaq is often figuratively used in Arabic traditions as a referential space for culture and knowledge: the Riwaq of poetry, the Riwaq of culture, and so on. At Brighton Festival, The Riwaq is going to represent this transitional space of exchange. It will not only embrace the wonderful performances and events which will take place on its stage, but also host a wide array of great and exciting activities under its roof. The Riwaq will be buzzing, filled with visitors contributing and transforming it into a beautiful meeting spot on the charming seafront of Hove.”

 

Acclaimed author and architect Marwa Al-Sabouni is a Brighton Festival 2022 Guest Co-Director, alongside Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak. Her book, The Battle for Home, is a ‘visionary memoir’ and reflection on the role architecture plays in communities and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her latest book, Building for Hope, published by Thames & Hudson, explores how conscious rebuilding in the aftermath of conflict and crisis might contribute to enduring peace in an increasingly polarising world.

 

Marwa and Tristan have chosen the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year’s programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives.

 

The Riwaq is made possible with the support of major sponsor Moda Living, alongside additional support from Timber Development UK, setWorks, Webb Yates, DHH Timber and Vanessa Norwood.

 

Lydia Whitaker, Director of Marketing and Wellbeing at MODA Living said:

“The Riwaq project is an inspirational work based on the importance of bringing communities together, and the value of interaction and experience to wellbeing. This is at the heart of what we do at Moda, where we’re dedicated to building sustainable neighbourhoods that have a positive impact and promote collaboration between communities. We’re proud to be a part of the Brighton Festival and look forward to celebrating arts and humanity with people from all over the world.”

 

Brighton Festival celebrates a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.

 

Architectural and design highlights from this year’s Brighton Festival include:

Marwa Al-Sabouni (14 May)

Festival Guest Co-Director, Marwa Al-Sabouni will reflect on the role of architecture in constructing a future with more hope and less conflict. After running her private architectural practice in Homs until war broke out in Syria in 2011, Marwa decided to stay while many people with the means fled. One of her acts of resistance was to write the autobiographical, The Battle for Home (2016), putting forward her transformative idea that architecture can play a pivotal role in minimising conflict. 

In Conversation: Marwa Al-Sabouni & Mohamed Hafez (18 May)

Several years ago, Marwa Al-Sabouni came across artist and architect Mohamad Hafez’s work and was struck by its delicacy and sensitivity. As a Guest Co-Director for Brighton Festival 2022, Mohamad was one of the first artists Marwa proposed to stage his exhibition, Journeys From an Absent Present to a Lost Past, as part of this year’s Festival programme. Together for the first time, the pair explore themes central to their lives and work: architecture, home, beauty, and hope in the face of loss.

 

COP Conversations: What We Build – Diana Darke & Shahed Saleem (29 May)

Inspired by references to generational differences in Marwa’s latest book, Building for Hope, Brighton Festival explores the potential for finding revolutionary solutions via an inter-generational approach with curated Change our Planet (COP) online conversations.

 

Author Diana Darke’s Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe argues that architecture has a history of cross fertilisation and can potentially offer ways to heal the alienation that greets migrants across borders and to help new generations feel connected to the lands of their birth. Diana is joined online in conversation by architect and academic Shahed Saleem to discuss how architecture affects the way we live and how we find our place within the world.

 

Explore the full programme at brightonfestival.org

Photo by Jim Stephenson, Brighton Festval

Create Music Launches Summer School this July

With the previous restrictions imposed on group gathering lifted, Create Music have announced that this year’s Summer School will return in-person this July, allowing group music-making to take place at various venues across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

Courses run from 4–22 July, providing opportunities for pupils from school years 2 to 11 to learn a wide range of instruments and musical practices. These include singing, guitar, violin, keyboard, composing and GarageBand, as well as many more instruments belonging to the wind, brass and string family. The summer school caters for various levels of ability, with several courses tailored to first time learners, as well as more experienced performers who can play as part of a group or larger ensemble.

All courses run from 9.30am to 3.30pm and build towards an informal celebration performance for family and friends, which takes place either at 3.30pm on the final day or early evening.

Peter Chivers, Director for Create Music, said“All Summer School courses are delivered by our team of experienced and friendly music teachers, providing a fun and engaging music experience where all young musicians are supported and encouraged as they work towards a celebration performance. We can’t wait to welcome pupils back to courses this July and we look forward to seeing you soon!”

One former Summer School pupil said“It’s really good and if you are unsure about learning something, it will help you know more about it and encourage you to join in.”

Courses take place at Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts in Falmer, East Sussex College and St Andrew’s Prep in Eastbourne, Performing Arts Centre in Lewes and Sound Rooms in Brighton.

Fees start at £33 for one-day courses. Students already learning with Create Music will receive an automatic 10% discount.
For more information visit createmusic.org.uk/summer-school.

Locations:
Brighton: Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Falmer & Sound Rooms on the Lewes Road
Eastbourne: St Andrew’s Prep in Eastbourne & East Sussex College
Lewes: Lewes Performing Arts Centre.

Video: Summer School 2022
https://youtu.be/4FEQ3_QmMYU


Video: We Are Create Music
https://youtu.be/qjwpPJoeHmg

 

Fringe City and Family Picnic 2022

Get curious about England’s largest arts festival, and explore Brighton Fringe’s free, outdoor event on New Road: Fringe City. Expect an extravaganza of theatre, comedy, cabaret, circus, music, and dance on their outdoor stage from Brighton Fringe 2022 participants and explore everything Brighton Fringe has to offer.

Fringe City will take place on Saturday 7, 14, 21 & 28 May, plus a bank holiday bumper edition on 3 & 4 June, featuring a whole host of acts from events across Brighton Fringe: including circus, comedy, live music, cabaret and dance, running from 13:00 until 20:00. Tour the taps of our pop-up bar and enjoy offerings from some of Brighton’s best street-food traders. Every weekend will showcase those performing at Brighton Fringe, swing by to get a taste of what’s on and buy tickets from the pop-up box office. Fringe City itself is a non-ticketed, free event.

Each of the Fringe City events will host a variety of performances from Brighton Fringe participants as well as some familiar local faces. Brighton School of Samba will launch Fringe City on 7 May, the city’s original Rio samba school, bringing a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton. That evening, English Disco Lovers take to the stage for some serious disco and dance music, remember: ‘Don’t hate, gyrate!’.

Later in the month, expect show-stopping circus theatre from FitUp Productions, who have wowed the Fringe City crowds in previous years adding joy and hilarity to the festival with their travelling pop up trailer stage.

Brighton Fringe will also be hosting the Fringe Family Picnic at Pavilion Gardens for family-friendly fun. Enjoy a day out with the family at Pavilion Gardens for the Fringe Family Picnic on Saturday 7 May and 4 June from 12:00 until 16:00, for more family fun than you can shake a stick at. Expect family-friendly performances from a variety of events at Brighton Fringe 2022, games and activities suitable for all ages.

Bring the family along for two jam-packed Saturdays of pure entertainment. At both Family Picnic events, you can experience an interactive Storytime with Living Paintings, who give thousands of blind and partially sighted children the opportunity to borrow Touch to See books providing access to the visual world, all in Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens. Other acts include Fringe favourite Mr Pineapple Head, the silent clown, family-friendly folk-Americana group the Cheer Up Mollys and the not-to-missed HeadFirst Acrobats, with a snippet of their hilarious circus show for children and parents of all ages, following three foolish Neanderthals as they struggle to survive the harsh natural world.

To stay up to date with what’s on at Fringe City and the Family Picnic, head to www.brightonfringe.org/fringe-info/fringe-city/

Instagram: @brightonfringe
Twitter: @brightonfringe
Facebook: @brightonfringefestival

Fringe City and Fringe Family Picnic are non-ticketed events. Tickets for over 700 events are on sale now including performances featured in the Fringe City and Fringe Family Picnic lineup.

Welcome to Good Vibrations Society 5-7th August 2022 | A weekend of camping in nature to nourish the soul

Good Vibrations Society is an event for old and young to enjoy music and wellness in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown forest. An invitation to experience community in all its glory, join us to celebrate friendship, expression, personality and Nature.

Dance to incredible musicians from around the world; wake up to wild swimming &  with free yoga and dance workshops; stimulate your mind with daily talks and conversation; play in an evolving playscape; explore the forest with guided walks and take the weight off with a cold beverage in our onsite pub or hearty meal in our seated restaurant.

Music
Set across 3 venues, Good Vibrations Society celebrates a wide variety of music. Society members will be able to enjoy live music and DJs on our Bloom stage during the day and night; a naughty selection of DJs in our new after-party venue taking over after the main stage closes each evening or head down to our Shala venue from 6 o’clock each day for acoustic, world, devotional and blissed-out electronic beats from the likes of Taz Rashid, Nessie Gomes and Carrie Tree to name just a few….. [check line up on the website]

Wellness
Good Vibrations Society offers a weekend of regeneration and deep connection for those that seek it out. Sitting at the heart of the event is an ethos of personal development, community and connection to nature, each other and ourselves:

The Shala is our space onsite dedicated to this offering free Yoga classes each morning, workshops each afternoon talks dotted throughout the day and music each evening.

Healthy food and drink: The event will be packed full of a wide variety of fresh, healthy and hearty food and drink from vegan and vegetarian food stalls to our seated vegetarian restaurant run by The Seasons Kitchen in Forest Row.

Guided walks across the Ashdown Forest : The Ashdown Forest is a wholly unique area of land. Teaming with flora and fauna Good Vibrations Society exists so that this land can be maintained, experienced and supported year-round. There will be daily and nighty guided walks on offer across the forest including options for foraging.

Wild swimming : On-site there will be a wild swimming lake to refresh the mind and body with lifeguards throughout the morning and afternoon each day. This gorgeous lake will awaken the senses and connect you with the natural flow of the river Medway.

Ecology
Living in a world that requires change, we have an imperative to act. Good Vibrations Society aims to bring together communities and offer a platform for discussion, education, and opportunities to take action.

Alongside the entertainment, there will be talks on ecology, conservation, rewilding, and landscape recovery. Collaboration with local and regional charities and organisations concerned with the maintenance and upkeep of the surrounding ecosystem will offer spaces for conversation, further information and how to get involved. The Ashdown Forest Foundation will also be offering guided walks across the forest and way of connecting with and learning more about our ecosystems.

Camping
Camping is included with each ticket with additional reasonably priced Boutique Camping options provided by The Happy Glamper. Local hotels are within a short drive but on-site is where the real magic happens! Caravans and camper vans are also welcome, with paid options for electric hook-up, wifi, toilets and warm showers.

Families
Good Vibes is a safe, welcoming space for adults and children to play in the fields and through the trees. There will be family-friendly camping areas in both the Boutique and main camping spots onsite and engaging play opportunities during the day including guided walks and foregoing trips out across the Ashdown Forest. Children under 5 go free and the festival also offers family tickets with a built-in discount through the website.

5-7th August 2022
Pippingford Park Manor, Nutley, Uckfield TN22 3HW
thegoodvibrationssociety.com

Brighton Festival returns with an opening weekend of parades, premieres and outdoor performances

Brighton Festival kicks off this weekend, 7 and 8 May, with an eclectic programme of world and UK premieres, pop-up community events and live performances across the city.

2022 marks the return of the much-missed Children’s Parade on Saturday 7 May, following an enforced absence. Jointly produced with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, this riot of colour and creativity features 5000 school children journeying through the centre of the city. Pivoting around the Festival theme of Rebuilding, the Parade celebrates the strength and resilience of local communities and what can be achieved when we listen and work together. The Children’s Parade is supported by Brighton Girls and Southern Water.

This year Brighton Festival has not one but two Guest Co-Directors – Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak. Marwa and Tristan chose the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year’s programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives.

Marwa Al-Sabouni has partnered with fellow architect Ghassan Jansiz to build a bespoke community space on Hove seafront, called The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade. This unique temporary venue will offer an eclectic programme of free cultural and community events from Saturday 7 May, including family sessions, workshops, spoken word performances and music and dance from around the world. The Riwaq is supported by principal sponsor Moda Living and also Timber Development UK, and setWorks. Structural design is by Webb Yates Engineers, with additional support from DHH Timber and architecture curator & consultant Vanessa Norwood.

Tristan Sharps’ site-responsive theatre company dreamthinkspeak stage the world premiere of a new Brighton Festival Commission, Unchain Me. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s novel The Possessed, in which a provincial town descends into chaos, the action takes place across a range of locations in and around the city. This thought-provoking multi-media performance is made possible with support from The Pebble Trust, whose annual sponsorship of the Brighton Festival Commission series will offer audiences innovative and unique ways of seeing and experiencing Brighton & Hove.

Saturday and Sunday’s A Weekend Without Walls programme will bring communities together to enjoy free family pop-up performances from some of the UK’s most innovative outdoor companies – from hip-hop dance theatre to contemplative audio tours. Later in the Festival the programme will expand beyond Brighton & Hove to partner on events with Creative Crawley in Crawley. Both weekends are sponsored by Southern Water.

Without Walls also forms part of Brighton Festival’s Our Place programme – a free and inclusive celebration of community creativity. The Festival works in partnership with community groups to select, programme and produce events for and within communities across Hangleton and Knoll, East Brighton, Mouslecoomb and Bevendean. Support for Our Place comes from the University of Sussex and The Rayne Foundation.

Brighton Festival will continue its innovative site-specific events with the UK premiere of Witness Stand, also opening this weekend. Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey have commissioned a community of writers and sound artists with a connection to Brighton to create emotive sound installations for audiences to experience at inspiring outdoor sites across the region.

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is the largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England. The Festival is celebrating a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.

Explore the full programme at brightonfestival.org

image: Without Walls Middle Child There Should Be Unicorns. Credit Tom Arran

The BLUEPRINT Circular Economy Roadshow

Discover our exciting week-long series of free virtual events from 9-13 May 2022!

Attendees will hear from councils, social enterprises, start-ups and more leading the way in circular economy development. Each session is free of charge, and you can attend as many or as few events as you like.

View the full agenda below and click on the event titles to find more information and register your interest. You can also contact [email protected] for more information.

Monday 9 May – Supporting local authorities’ transition to a circular economy

Inspiring local authority initiatives for a circular economy, 09:00-10:40
Lessons learned from cross-border circular economy projects, 11:00-12:30

Tuesday 10 May – Changing habits for a circular economy

Embedding the circular economy within education, 09:00-10:40
Making recycling in flat blocks & HMOs work, 11:00-12:40
Fostering a reuse and repair culture, 14:00-15:20

Wednesday 11 May – The role of materials in a circular economy

Can we remove waste from the construction industry?, 09:00-11:00
Creating a circular economy for food, 12:30-14:15
No more fast fashion: The role of textiles in the circular economy, 15:00-17:00

Thursday 12 May – Creating circular jobs and developing circular skills

What is the circular economy and what jobs can it create?, 09:00-10:00
The role of social enterprises in circular economy growth, 10:30-11:30
Training and skill development for a circular economy, 14:30-15:45

Friday 13 May – Moving beyond waste

Putting reuse and waste prevention on the map in local authority waste strategies – 09:00-10:30

projectblueprint.eu/roadshow
@blueprintinterreg

British Nutrition Foundation to educate millions of school children on healthy and sustainable diets during Healthy Eating Week

The British Nutrition Foundation is preparing to raise awareness about healthy and sustainable diets, and empower millions of children and adults to make positive changes, during its ‘biggest and best’ 10th anniversary Healthy Eating Week, taking place 13 – 17 June 2022.

Sara Stanner, Science Director at British Nutrition Foundation, said: “School children today are more aware of the need to protect the environment than those who were in school ten years ago when we held the first Healthy Eating Week. However, they aren’t yet necessarily making the connection between their food and eating habits and the health of the planet. The volume and proliferation of information sources that children are consuming ten years on, many of which are sharing misinformation, is also causing confusion and may negatively impact healthy dietary behaviours.”

With the aim of helping to debunk misunderstandings and empower teachers, school staff and students to achieve a diet that is both healthy and sustainable, British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week 2022 will focus on how to ‘Eat well for you and the planet’.

Sara Stanner continued: “As we look to the future, ensuring our diets are not just healthy for us, but for the planet, is critical – food production currently contributes to around 37% of greenhouse gases. While the environmental impact of different foods can vary widely, there are some general principles we can all follow to aim for a healthier and more sustainable diet. For example, by diversifying our sources of protein to include more plant foods – such as pulses (beans, lentils and peas), nuts and seeds – we can improve our own health and reduce our environmental footprint too. In addition, food waste accounts for as much as 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions globally, therefore raising awareness about how people can waste less and reuse more is essential.”

For the last decade, Healthy Eating Week has been helping and inspiring people to lead healthier lives by providing nurseries, schools, universities, workplaces, health centres, communities and individuals with a wide range of free activities and resources, based on five daily challenges.

Millions of children and adults participate in Healthy Eating Week each year and, since it launched in 2013, the Week has received over 58,300 registrations from schools, nurseries and workplaces across the UK. The roots of Healthy Eating Week lie in engaging children and young people with healthy lifestyles and, on average, there are more than 5,600 school and nursery registrants in the UK each year.

Healthy Eating Week has continued to expand its reach each year and the Week now welcomes universities, workplaces, families and individuals to take part, with resources and activities tailored to different age groups and demographics.

Sara Stanner, said: “When Healthy Eating Week launched in 2013, 67% of men and 57% of women in England were classified as overweight or obese. This number is now 68% and 60% respectively and obesity levels among children are also rising. So, it’s clear more work needs to be done and raising awareness of how to achieve healthy eating and lifestyles needs to remain a top priority. For Healthy Eating Week 2022, therefore, we would like to encourage as many individuals as possible to register and take part in the daily challenges. Healthy Eating Week provides an opportunity to introduce healthy habits and, by getting involved, teachers and school leaders can help us to build a healthier future generation that are also aware of the health of the planet.”

David Harding, Head Teacher at Hinckley Parks Primary School, comments: “At Hinckley Parks we are always keen to promote healthy food choices and healthy lifestyles. The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week allows us to do this perfectly and enables us to build on the work which takes place throughout the year. The children learn about different food groups and what constitutes a healthy diet and are provided with opportunities to prepare, cook and eat healthy dishes.”

Healthy Eating Week centres around five daily challenges, supported by a series of informative, evidence-based resources and fun activities suitable for the classroom to take on. The Healthy Eating Week 2022 challenges are:

  • Focus on fibre – for meals and snacks
  • Get at least 5 A DAY – put plenty on your plate
  • Vary your protein – be more creative
  • Stay hydrated – fill up from the tap
  • Reduce food waste – know your portions

To find out more about Healthy Eating Week 2022 and to register, please visit: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthy-eating-week/

Architects bring Arabic colonnade to Hove
seafront as part of Brighton Festival 2022

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year’s Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade – will be a semi-open space based at Hove Lawns providing a unique contrast and framing to the coast beyond. The bespoke horseshoe-shaped structure, a staple of Islamic architecture, will span almost 30 metres in diameter and serve as a transitional creative threshold between the surrounding city and the great outdoors. ¬

An eclectic programme of free cultural and community events will take place at The Riwaq for the duration of the Festival, running 7 – 29 May. Local organisations and artists staging artistic takeovers include Best Foot Music & In-House Records, whose work celebrates international musicians and the power of creative rehabilitation; award-winning learning-disabled arts company Carousel; and Little Green Pig, showcasing young and underrepresented writers in Brighton & Hove. A wider programme of craft, wellbeing and family events, plus live music and dance performances will take place Wednesdays to Sundays – from Iranian storytelling to screen printing workshops to Bhangra dance sessions.

Marwa Al-Sabouni says:
“The Riwaq is often figuratively used in Arabic traditions as a referential space for culture and knowledge: the Riwaq of poetry, the Riwaq of culture, and so on. At Brighton Festival, The Riwaq is going to represent this transitional space of exchange. It will not only embrace the wonderful performances and events which will take place on its stage, but also host a wide array of great and exciting activities under its roof. The Riwaq will be buzzing, filled with visitors contributing and transforming it into a beautiful meeting spot on the charming seafront of Hove.”

Acclaimed author and architect Marwa Al-Sabouni is a Brighton Festival 2022 guest co-director, alongside Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak. Her book, The Battle for Home, is a ‘visionary memoir’ and reflection on the role architecture plays in communities and was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2016. Her latest book, Building for Hope, published by Thames & Hudson, explores how conscious rebuilding in the aftermath of conflict and crisis might contribute to enduring peace in an increasingly polarizing world.

Marwa and Tristan have chosen the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year’s programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives.

The Riwaq is made possible with the support of major sponsor Moda Living, alongside the Timber Trade Federation and setWorks.

Lydia Whitaker, Director of Marketing and Wellbeing at MODA Living said:
“The Riwaq project is an inspirational work based on the importance of bringing communities together, and the value of interaction and experience to wellbeing. This is at the heart of what we do at Moda, where we’re dedicated to building sustainable neighbourhoods that have a positive impact and promote collaboration between communities. We’re proud to be a part of the Brighton Festival and look forward to celebrating arts and humanity with people from all over the world.”

Brighton Festival celebrates a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.

Additional highlights from this year’s Brighton Festival include:

Marwa Al-Sabouni (14 May)
Festival Guest Co-Director, Marwa Al-Sabouni will reflect on the role of architecture in constructing a future with more hope and less conflict. After running her private architectural practice in Homs until war broke out in Syria in 2011, Marwa decided to stay while many people with the means fled. One of her acts of resistance was to write the autobiographical, The Battle for Home (2016), putting forward her transformative idea that architecture can play a pivotal role in minimising conflict.

In Conversation: Marwa Al-Sabouni & Mohamed Hafez (18 May)
Several years ago, Marwa Al-Sabouni came across artist and architect Mohamad Hafez’s work and was struck by its delicacy and sensitivity. As a Guest Co-Director for Brighton Festival 2022, Mohamad was one of the first artists Marwa proposed to stage his exhibition, Journeys From an Absent Present to a Lost Past, as part of this year’s Festival programme. Together for the first time, the pair explore themes central to their lives and work: architecture, home, beauty, and hope in the face of loss.

COP Conversations: What We Build – Diana Darke & Shahed Saleem (29 May)
Inspired by references to generational differences in Marwa’s latest book, Building for Hope, Brighton Festival explores the potential for finding revolutionary solutions via an inter-generational approach with curated Change our Planet (COP) online conversations.

Author Diana Darke’s Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe argues that architecture has a history of cross fertilisation and can potentially offer ways to heal the alienation that greets migrants across borders and to help new generations feel connected to the lands of their birth. Diana is joined online in conversation by architect and academic Shahed Saleem to discuss how architecture affects the way we live and how we find our place within the world.

Explore the full programme at brightonfestival.org

Image: The Riwaq Illustration by Marwa Al-Sabouni

WRAP UP! A Comedy Cabaret For All The Family At WRAP

Commissioned exclusively for WRAP, Spun Glass Theatre will launch Brighton’s first kid’s cabaret club for the 2022 Fringe – introducing children to cabaret performance skills and putting them at the heart of a unique experience. A perfect opportunity for any budding performers.

Wrap Up! – our Kid’s Cabaret Club will be full of laughter, playing and sing-a-longs – the perfect place for all the family to have fun and get involved. Our exuberant compere will welcome you into the Wrap Up speakeasy, kick off the party atmosphere and perform comedy songs about current events which are important to children and young people. We will also invite the best cabaret guests to join us, as well as our resident performers, presenting child-friendly versions of classic cabaret acts – the show will change every week!

Suitable for children of all ages with plenty to entertain those aged 18-99 who are still young at heart.

WRAP Co-Founder Ed Patey sought out a connection with Spun Glass Theatre to provide high quality  interactive and theatrical events at WRAP, as soon as they were in their new building. “Immersive and interactive theatre is my favourite kind. Ever since I stumbled across a Punchdrunk production at the Big Chill years ago, I have sought it out. It gets my imagination going as if I were a child again – and since WRAP was conceived, I have been keen to arrange interactive shows for children. I really can’t wait to see kids enjoying this unique experience!”

Spun Glass Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jessica Cheetham is passionate about accessible, imaginative and educational theatre for children and feels that Wrap Up! is perfect fun for the family that entertains, brings them together and creates memorable experiences, “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity by WRAP to create a new theatrical cabaret for families right in the heart of Brighton. Spun Glass Theatre is passionate about creating quality work for children and young people which is accessible and will be remembered for years to come. We bring over a decade of experience in creating immersive and interactive theatre, blended with quick thinking comedy performances and and exciting set. I can’t wait to see families enjoying this experience.”

If you are looking for options for some much-needed fun for the family this Spring then look no further than Wrap up!. Tickets are £10 per person or £35 for a family ticket and the cabaret runs on Saturdays and Sundays 7th – 29th May and [everyday during half term from] 30th – 5th June.

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