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Brighton Festival closes with 'mini-festival' on local estate

The largest arts event of its kind in England - the Brighton Festival - draws to a close today and as part of the celebrations a local estate was given a small festival of its own.

This is the second time the 'Your Place' weekend of free performances, sports and workshops has been held.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Naomi Alexander of Brighton People's Theatre, Jaqui Somers, Committee member, Your Place, and Beth Burgess, Executive producer, Brighton Festival.


'Slow-building drama' as artist attempts to balance three tonne boulders on beach

We all spend so much time rushing around, how often do we take time out to watch, relax and contemplate?

Well, an artist in Brighton has given his audience just that opportunity - as he attempted the almost impossible - balancing huge granite boulders on top of each other.

For some it was painstaking, others were mesmerised - but in the end - did it all come crashing down? Andy Dickenson was there to witness Nick Steur's slow-building drama.

Temperature rising as Brighton Festival prepares to take off

The May Bank Holiday upon us can only mean one thing - the return of the Brighton Festival.

Three weeks of shows are about to explode onto the scene of the biggest arts festival in England.

And hundreds of thousands of visitors are preparing to be entertained - if not bemused.

Andy Dickenson is our guide and speaks to artist Madeleine Flynn, guest director David Shrigley and Camille Beaumier of NoFit State.


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.

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.

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