The wallet may still be recovering from its Christmas battering but never fear – we’ve got a round up of some free and cheap things to do in Brighton February 2016. Brighton Science Festival is back and bigger than ever along with Chinese New Year, artwork from the creator of Gorillaz, symphony orchestras, vintage, music, and more!
‘The Suggestionists’ by Jamie Hewlett – Ink_d Gallery
The Suggestionists was first shown at the Saatchi Gallery and Jamie (creator of Tank Girl and Gorillaz) has now brought his work to Brighton.
Produced over a period of five years, three new bodies of work focus on universal themes of providence, sex and nature.The body of work on show in the gallery has been carefully chosen for the space.
When: 13th Feb – 13th March
Chinese New Year Celebration – Clarendon Centre
Chinese festival food stalls, lion dance, singing, traditional instruments and dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Brighton and Hove 2016, the year of the Monkey! This year is themed around “Happier and Healthier— A Better Future for All”
When: Sat 6th Feb
Price: £3 (contribution), kids free
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Heroes and Aliens – The Dome
Boldly goes where no orchestra has gone before in a fantastic blockbuster concert featuring music from some of the most iconic and successful space movies of all time. A great chance to catch some wondrous, professional classical music at low prices.
When: Sat, 6 February, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: From £10
Seedy Sunday – Corn Exchange
The UK’s longest-running community seed swap event is back with a host of talks and stalls on all things gardening, growing, ecology and sustainability.
When: Sun, 7 February, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Price: £3, under 16s
Splitting the Atom – Green Door Store
Eight hours of free mental noise/avant/jazz/minimal/whatever. One of the great things about StA is that at least a third of the bands have formed for the event so you know it’s new and exciting. A cursory look reveals Occult Hand are playing. A band even more frightening than their name suggests. As are Thee Bald Knobbers. A band so anonymous they get strangers on stage to fill the numbers.
When: 7th Feb 3:00pm till late
Club Africa – Komedia
Three of Brighton’s finest selectors of African music join forces for a new bi-monthly party at Komedia. DJs from African Night Fever, AfroBase, and YeYe Fever will dig deep playing an exciting dance-floor friendly mix of the best afro-tropical music from the vintage era to the modern day
When: Sat 13 Feb 11pm
Bad book Project – Marwood Studios
The Bad Book Project is a free monthly night that involves guests reading from very bad books. Each month they have new readers and a competition for the best bad book voted by the audience. The readers are comedians, writers, DJs, musicians, actors and generally funny people. Highlights at Brighton’s Bad Book Project so far have been the Peter Andre autobiography, Beryl Reid cat book and the alternative version of ‘The Snowman’.
When: Friday 12th Feb
Brighton Science Festival – Various Venues
One of the biggest in the country and the only one in the South-East. The Festival returns for one month of interactive workshops, events and talks, taking place in venues across the city.
Come up to town, programme robots, blow square bubbles, decide your own personal evolution plan with Robin Ince, cycle across the solar system, visit Pluto and witness the battle of the cephalopods.
Highlights include the Big Science Weekend (27 – 28 Feb) for adults, Bright Sparks (13 – 14 Feb) for kids and Hands-On Half-term (15 – 21 Feb) for young adults.
When: 2nd – 28th
Price: Tickets start at £2
for more details and programme.
Vintage Fair – Dome Corn Exchange
Winner of the UK’s best vintage fair 2013 – 15, delve into a treasure trove of fashion and homeware. Plus sweet treats in the tea room and pampering in the vintage beauty salon.
When:Sun 14 February, 10am – 4pm
Price: £2, under 12s free
Smokestack – The Round Georges
Smokestack’s approach to the blues is a unique mix of original songs, jazz and latin grooves, big toned harmonica and sophisticated slide guitar.The trio have released their third album ‘Something on your Mind’ and continue to perform at festivals and blues clubs in and outside of the UK.
“great authentc blues” (Gary Moore)
“excellent” (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)
When: Sat 20th Feb