Brighton Fringe Fireworks Party and Fringe City 2016
Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival, is due to start with a bang with its first ever opening night fireworks party at The Warren in the grounds of St Peter’s Church on 6 May.
The next day (Saturday, 7 May) will see the first Fringe City hit town. A free outdoor event on New Road in North Laine featuring taster performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, acrobatics and more.
Proceedings kick off from 1pm and include a Hammer and Tongue Festival Slam Special, where poets – including the World Slam Champion and the European Slam Champion – will pit their wits against each other in the battle for the ultimate wordsmith. The mesmerising Black Fields’ Circus of Lujuria will also be making an appearance as will the satirically surreal The History of Everything in 60 Mins (more or less) and Improv Deathmatch, an adrenalin fuelled master class in the art of the spontaneous.
On Sunday, 8 May, one of Brighton Fringe’s biggest success stories, dance duo The Hiccup Project will take to the stage. Last year, The Hiccup Project won a bursary for young performers to appear at Brighton Fringe and their show May We Go Round? went on to win the South East Dance Award for Best Dance Show against professional dance companies. This year, their brand new piece It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It, looks set to hit a similarly high standard. Feeling inspired? The Big Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh will also be putting in an appearance, so be ready to get your jig on.
Saturday, 14 May will see scores more acts descend including Barulho’s Carnival Bizarre, a motley crew of weird characters from the murkier depths of the imagination, plus male cheerleaders, magic and pole dancing from A Royal Wunderlich Variety Show. On Sunday, 15 May highlights include high-energy a cappella from In The Smoke and world champion tap dancer Joshua Glavin.
The following weekend (21 and 22 May) Britain’s Got Talent finalists Bang On! will be making funky beats out of a drum kit made entirely of junk, the Upside Down and Inside Out gentlemen will be bringing their trademark acrobatics, comedy, clowning, contortion and juggling to town, while Beleza Brighton will bring the fun, feathers and samba to create a carnival-vibe. They’ll also be Moulin Rouge Can-Can dancers aplenty and dazzling cabaret from the Chic Bonbons.
The final weekend (28 and 29 May) will bring more tasty treats including dance-offs from the House of Blakewell, Jedi-like MC-ing from B.Fest, the tongue twisting Sentence Snatchers, live music, cabaret and more.