May Bank Holiday Guide 2016: 30th – 2nd May
Another bank holiday has arrived and there’s even a chance of a few sunny days too! Arriving on the cusp of Brighton’s crammed May festival season, there’s a couple of early starters to enjoy with Foodies Festival, Artists’ Open Houses and the Tattoo Convention along with a few early Fringe events. A whole bunch of other amazing things to do across the city with plays, club nights and brand new exhibitions including the long awaited Fashion Cities Africa.
This year’s Foodies starts in Brighton before taking on the rest of the country. A fun day out with the chance to see Michelin chefs and top bakers. You can buy tasty treats from artisan producers, feast on street food from around the world, taste wine, champagne and craft beer and relax, enjoying the live music stage.
Where: Hove Lawns
When: 30th April – 2nd May
This long awaited exhibit is the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. Explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa. Adult £5.20
Where: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
When: 30 April 2016 to 8 January 2017
England’s largest Fringe festival kicks off this bank holiday weekend! Though Fringe doesn’t officially start until 6th May, throughout the bank holiday weekend there will be events across the city including Brighton’s Hidden Mysteries Tour, Bom-Banimals, Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou and more. Check out the website to catch these early starters.
Where: Various Venues
When: 30th April – 6th June
The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the five weekends of May, starting Saturday this bank holiday. Over 60 new artists in Brighton, Hove, Ditchling, Rottingdean and the Ouse valley, throw open their homes and studios to bring you everything from sculpture and painting to jewellery, ceramics and textiles.
Where: Various Venues
When: 1st May (and each weekend through May)
Continuing with the arts, this new exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. For some of these artists, the material and sensory nature of the book is primary; for others, the image and the text carry equal weight. Visitors will experience a dramatic re-invention of the gallery as a place in which they can encounter the artist’s book in a direct and imaginative way.
Where: Pheonix Gallery
When: 30 April – 12 June 2016
A new exhibition from the archive of famous Brighton photographer, George Douglas. During the 50’s and 60’s, he captured everyone from celebrities to footballers and fashion icons, amassing a rich and diverse collection, much of which remained hidden until his death in 2010. Full of fun, independent, stylish and talented individuals, this is a show that puts George’s work back where it belongs – in the public eye.
Where: Brighton Photography
Where: 30th April – 31st May
Brighton Tattoo Convention returns for its 9th annual show with a fresh venue, stellar line up and a packed schedule of events. Now taking place on the May bank holiday a little later on in the season they are looking forward to welcoming artists and visitors to a warmer and more pleasant Brighton sea front! This is a must for tattoo enthusiasts and is worth a peek for the curious.
Where: The Brighton Centre
When: 30th of April – 1st of May
Soul City’s Festival For Peace is turning Concorde 2 into a heavenly city on the 29th of April with blissful disco grooves, a tunnel of light, clouds borrowed from heaven itself and Brighton’s biggest ever disco ball! The event is in support of local charity The Hummingbird Project.
Where: Concorde 2
When: Fri 29th | 11:00pm – 4:00am
Continuing the African theme this weekend, the return of Club Africa is something to look forward to as one of Komedia’s best nights. Three of Brighton’s finest selectors of African music team up to bring you a new club night. DJs from African Night Fever, AfroBase, Yam Yam and Friends will dig deep, playing an exciting dance-floor friendly mix of the best afro-tropical music from the vintage era to the modern day. 18+
When: Sat 30 Apr 2016 | 11pm-3am
This saturday is the last chance to catch The Father, winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play. Christopher Hampton’s crisp and witty translation has dazzled audiences and critics alike, receiving an unprecedented ten five star reviews form major national newspaper critics. Basically – it’s good.
Where: Theatre Royal
When: Sat 30th (April last day of the run) 14.30pm | 19.45pm
Experience the most tragic love story of all time. Two star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet – find their worlds ripped apart against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and vicious grievances. Tickets are priced at £15 with £13 for concessions (under 18s and students with valid ID).
Where: The Spire
When: Sat 30th April, 7.00pm
VIVA SOUL presents a seriously soulful special Sunday night club session for the first May Bank holiday weekend. Nothing but a strictly vinyl, killer dance floor selection of soul, funk, disco, Jazz and Latin music all night long.
To top it off there’s live music from Brighton’s very own 100% bonafied super funky 10 piece big band, The Soul Steppers (check out their sound here). Advance price £8.00.
When: Sun 1 May | Doors 8:30pm