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Biggest ever Brighton Fringe mixes traditional and global arts

This year's Brighton Fringe festival is simply its biggest yet with a staggering one thousand shows spanning every art form imaginable.

Its become so big in fact that some believe it can now compete with its counterpart in Edinburgh.

And with more than 300 world premiers, its attracting not just traditional storytelling but international art and artists.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Rikki Tarascas, director of 'La Llorona', Sarah Slator of This Is My Theatre, and Falk Hubner, director of 'I Will Carry You Over Hard Times'.

New play 'Shell Shock' to challenge the stigma of PTSD and mental health

Between 2007 and 2015, 450 military personnel were discharged from the British services due to post-traumatic stress.

But, of course, trauma and loss are something we all face, and a new play appearing in this month's Brighton Fringe is hoping to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to writer and former soldier Neil Watkins, director Tim Mariott, actor Tom Page and military psychologist Prof Jamie Hughes.

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Kent's Slaves and Uckfield's Rag'n'Bone Man star in Great Escape festival

It's been described as the most important festival for new music in England and tomorrow the curtain will rise on Brighton's Great Escape once again.

Now in its 12th year, an incredible 480 acts will play over the next three days to both adoring fans and music industry experts looking for the next 'big thing'.

And with more than 30 venues Brighton's very own Palace Pier is becoming a stage for some of the region's biggest bands.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Carolyn Bates from The Great Escape, Laurie Vincent from Slaves, Tom Peterson and Clementine Douglas of Kudu Blue, and Abi Woodman of MarthaGunn.

Take a tour around an artist's 'Open house'

How would you feel about opening your home to artists - and then welcoming strangers in to look at their work?

That's what people do every year as part of the Open Houses event during the Brighton Festival.

Andy Dickenson has been to see one of the homes taking part and speaks to homeowner and artist Charlotte Axworthy, director Judy Stevens and artist Soreh Levy.

James Martin serving up entertainment on ITV

James Martin will now be cooking on ITV Credit: ITV

Winchester-based presenter and chef James Martin is back on our screens with a new cookery series beginning on Saturday on ITV. He previously presented Saturday Kitchen from 2006 until 2016. The new show, Saturday Morning with James Martin, features celebrity guests and was filmed at home in his kitchen. James first found fame as the first Head Chef of Winchester's boutique hotel Hotel du Vin.

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Full report: Folk legend returns to the stage - and singing - after 38 years

A remarkable story about a remarkable woman.

55 years ago Shirley Collins began a career as a folk singer, touring and recording more than 20 albums.

But when she suffered a broken heart she lost the ability to sing - and had to stop performing altogether.

Now at the age of 81, she's back and appearing at the Brighton Festival. Andy Dickenson reports.

Web Exclusive: Extended interview with Sussex folk star Shirley Collins

55 years ago Shirley Collins began a career as a folk singer, touring and recording more than 20 albums.

But when she suffered a broken heart she lost the ability to sing - and had to stop performing altogether.

To bring up her family, she worked in a charity shop and even a job centre. But now, at the age of 81, she's back and appearing at the Brighton Festival. Andy Dickenson went to meet her.

Here's her full interview in a web exclusive.

Fred shows off his jumping skills!

Now our Fred is a man of many talents, but not many know his jumping skills would give Skippy the bush kanagaroo a run for his money.

Watch as he shares all he knows with a class of pre-schoolers from Hambledon taking part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

We are thrilled that the children at Hambledon Pre-School took part in their very own Muddy Puddle Walk! It’s fantastic to have the support of Fred Dinenage too. By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children – they will help the world’s most vulnerable children to have a brighter future.

– Vicky Fallon, Save the Children
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