Things to do at the Weekend: 17th – 18th May

Published On May 12, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features

This Weekend is fit to burst with great events for you to get along to! With Brighton Fringe, Brighton Festival and Artists Open Houses in full swing plus many other great events you’re not going to want to miss. Here’s our highlights to help you decide with festivals, exhibitions, comedy, talks, gigs, theatre, kids shows, tea dances and cinema.

All Weekend:

Brighton Fringe – This year the Fringe is bigger and better than ever! With hundreds of shows to choose from with everything from Comedy to Visual Arts and Dance to Kids it can be really hard to decide what to go and see. Here are our highlights to help you!

Brighton Festival – Brighton Festival Returns with critically acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter at the helm and a wide ranging programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate from companies across the globe.

Artist’s Open Houses Festival -Around 200 houses and studio spaces across the City open their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists and makers. The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the City, each with its’ own unique character and atmosphere. Here’s our highlights.

Pure Holography – Since debuting to the public 1983 ,art holography never found the main stream recognition it deserves. This exhibition of the stunning multicolour 3D holograms of Inaki Beguiristain is a rare opportunity for a new audience to engage with, be excited by and learn how Pure Holograms are made.

Vault of Metamorphosis – A complex visual examination of the physical and psychological expression of the human form. New visual works by International and award winning photographers Tobias Slater-Hunt and Justyna Neryng join forces with Internationally published commercial photographer Chris Bulezuik, costumier Chrissie Nicholson-Wild, stylist Zoe Della Rocca and film maker Zoe Van Spyk.

Lead Pencil and Friends – Imagine the love child of ‘Saved by the Bell’ and ‘Art Attack!’ That’s Lead Pencil and they’ve made a sketch show, by literally sketching it. “A very talented trio!” (Fresh Fringe), “Hugely talented performers” (The Public Reviews).

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum – One is good with his fingers, the other is good with his mouth! When Jamie’s heartfelt song writing and melodic finger-work meet Tom’s heavy hitting, world-class beat boxing, the outcome is mind-blowing. Playing off each other’s talents, these two are the perfect musical match.

BEASTS: Solo – Critically acclaimed sketch group BEASTS return to Brighton with a brand-new show. Owen wants to do something meaningful. James wants to entertain. Ciarán just wants there to be dancing girls and explosions. Unable to agree on one idea, the quarrelsome comics will attempt to squeeze in all three.


Comic Book Babylon – The candid and amusing odyssey of one comic fan’s quest to get his dream job and becoming the first British member of the DC editorial staff. Join the author Tim Pilcher as he takes you through the debauchery and excess of publishing life in the 90s and encounters with Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls, Blur, Adam Ant, Grant Morrison, Jamie Hewlett, Paul Gambaccini and many more.

One Inch Badge present: Factory Floor + Drohne + AK/DK –  ‘Post-industrial’ group Factory Floor have been likened to New Order in the early days and have been described as “…raw, chaotic, fantastic and different…” although of late they have moved away from the all-out noise assault into a much more spacious and confident exploration of techno, minimal, acid and post-industrial rhythms and textures.

And We’ll Laugh at Gilded Butterflies – Maggie lives in solitary confinement. But today is like no other. Today she makes a friend. Is this the friend she needs to help her face this life? Or will this friend bring the demons of her crime closer than ever before? An exploration of how the human spirit can stretch in order to cope and survive. Also on at 9pm.


The ‘Bubbles at Bedtime’ Puppet Show – TPTPC are back with more songs, magic and puppets. Including child-friendly parodies of current pop songs, TPTPC bring “sublime silliness and hilariously perfect songs” back to The Brunswick. “Everyone leaves the shows with wide and satisfied smiles on their faces, animatedly sharing their best parts and still singing”(Heaven, Nutfield).

Quadrophenia – To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Whitsun weekend riots that saw gangs of Mods and Rockers clashing on Brighton’s iconic promenade and beach, Concorde 2 presents the 1979 Cult classic ‘Quadrophenia’ – shown on their very own 6 meter screen!

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