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Brighton Journal | 19th February 2020

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First Look At New Brighton Fringe Venue

First Look At New Brighton Fringe Venue
Hannah Midgley

Shiny Town – Brighton Fringe’s new venue, which will pop up in the Royal Pavilion gardens – has been revealed for the first time.

The venue is the newest of Brighton Fringe’s 155 performance spaces, which will be peppered throughout the city in May and June. Shiny Town will be joining the likes of the much-loved Brighton Spiegeltent at Old Steine and The Warren in the grounds of St Peter’s Church. The idea behind the venue is extraordinary performance meeting an ordinary town.

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Photo by Slawek Staszczuk

Linda Catalano, chair of Shiny Town Entertainment Committee, said: “We are tremendously excited about Shiny Town springing up in the Royal Pavilion Garden in May.

“Brighton is a city of surprises. A place to expect the unexpected, where ingenuity and city life merge to produce a vibrant and exhilarating mix.

“Shiny Town takes that a few steps further and, mirroring both the unconventional creative nature of the city sitting alongside ordinary life and with more than a nod to the architecture and history of the Royal Pavilion itself, our programming takes Brighton itself as its inspiration.

“Like all shiny things, Shiny Town will provide a sharp reflection of its surroundings.”

Highlights of the programme for Shiny Town include a night-time acrobatics show called Acro, a hula-hoop extravaganza from Marawa’s Majorettes, and an interactive psychic puppet-making cabaret from Boogalo Stu.

Trade Winds, which imagines meetings of different cultures at sea, will be performed on an artificial lake – a spectacular not to be missed.

On May 29, Mother India 21st Century Remix will take to the outdoor stage with an ‘audio visual music masterpiece’ highlighting the Royal Pavilion’s history as a hospital for Indian soldiers during WW1. The performance marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.

The shows are part of Brighton Fringe’s largest programme to date, which is jam-packed with 970 shows – 300 of which are world premieres.

Brighton Fringe runs from May 5 to June 4. Tickets are on sale now. To find out more, visit: 

Featured image by We Love Brighton.

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