Brighton & Hove has held fringe activity since Brighton Festivals’ creation in 1967. Over the years this has grown significantly and been presented in a number of different ways: ‘Fringe’, ‘Umbrella’, ‘The Open’ and was renamed ‘Brighton Festival Fringe’ in 2002.
Brighton Festival is a series of curated and programmed events; Brighton Fringe, however, provides open access to anyone who registers to take part.
Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in England and what makes it exceptional is that it is set in a city with a unique heritage that has set the pace, diversity, creativity and innovative thinking in the city and beyond. It sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms.
It is also a completely open access festival, which means anyone can put on an event and be included in the brochure and website listings on payment of a fee. By definition, Brighton Fringe can include any art form.No artistic judgment or selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling the development of both new and established work to attract fresh audiences, press and promoters.
Brighton Fringe is an organisation that supports artists, producers and audiences. The Brighton Fringe office provides a platform and a range of marketing tools to promote participating events as well as a one-stop ticketing facility through an in-person, telephone and on-line box office.
Brighton Fringe 2012 in numbers
- 3 weeks
- 675 events
- 193 venues
- 155 free events
- 3475 performances
- Thousands of participants
- 1 million visitors in Brighton in May
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