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Eighty-Four Films for Free on the Big Screen at Brighton Beach - August 2013

Starting this Tuesday 30 July and continuing on til Monday 26 August 2013, if the weather stays kind to us, we can look forward to a month of grabbing a few tinnies and hitting the beach for free films and live performances

With a selection of 84 old and new films, they are a happy band of good ole favourites such as Top Gun, Quadrophenia and Anchorman as well some new must-sees, like The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and A Field in England
Brighton's Big Screen 2012 
Appearing only once on the schedule and immediately preceded at 7 pm by Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Bootique 5, Dukes on the Beach presents, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone at 8:30 pm on Sunday 11 August.  If like me you don't want to miss out, you can supersize the experience and pre book tickets to the VIP grandstand to ensure seating, high quality audio, free popcorn and access to the licensed bar and refreshment area. Click on Brighton Big Screen to book and find out more.   

Another highlight will be during the Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 25 August when there will be a screening of Quadrophenia and a special showcase performance of All or Nothing, the MOD Musical, a brand new musical based on the quintessential Mod band, the Small Faces. 

Located at the right end of town (depending on where you're standing), the Big Screen will take up residence beside the Big Wheel and Brighton Pier.

Screened on a huge 40 sqms, Big Screen will also broadcast The Ashes, the World Athletics Championships and Formula 1. 

While during the day the Kids Scene begins at 10 am and will show the Disney favourites UP, Finding Nemo, Shark Tale and Ratatouille as well as CBeebies. 

Other films to look out for are Life of Pi, Les Miserables, The Hobbit and Oblivion along with movie classics like, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Grease, Brighton Rock and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Check out details of the Big Screen competition and the full schedule below:


Artists take over a vacant premises in central Brighton - Circus Kinetica and Healthy Planet

Circus Kinetica, Brighton
~ Painted on the wall are the following words - CircusKinetica are involved in the creation of everything from jewellery to enormous climbable festival sculptures.  Their central obsessions are kinetic and recycled sculpture and these twin themes inform everything they produce.
Working holistically in found and salvaged materials the group like to transmogrify their street finds to communicate the usefulness and beauty of low impact materials.  Circus Kinetica is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary collaborative of makers based in Brighton, England founded in 2008.

Brighton Craft Alliance next fair - Saturday 20th July 2013

One of the things I love about Brighton is finding out about all the interesting people who live here.  People who focus on the living side of the work / life balance, people who find ways to embrace their creative sides and people who take risks to make exciting things happen.  Sam Holland is one of those people and it is a pleasure to share her story about how she is making things happen (pun intended) and to tell you about the Brighton Craft Alliance Fair this Saturday 20 July, where you can expect to hear some great music provided by Fiddlesparks while browsing.

Brighton Craft Alliance

How did you get involved in the Brighton Craft Alliance and why?

After spending 17 years commuting to London and working in banking, I left after redundancy in March 2011 and soon realised I wanted to pursue my dreams of becoming a creative, in some shape or form. I felt I had always been very creative, and since my 30's had performed on and off stage at several theatres in Brighton, whilst somehow managing to fit it in around my demanding career.


Pictures of poppies taken during the week at Falmer, Brighton

Last weekend driving out of Brighton via Woodingdean, we passed fields of poppies, already late there was no way of stopping to take in the scene.  I had to go back and a couple of days later I was able to stop off in the layby with some other like-minded poppy tourists to lose myself for a while in swathes of red.  
Here's a few of the pictures I took.

Poppies at Falmer 2013 


Win a Campervan, er yes please, courtesy of Fat Face

In celebration of its 25th anniversary the British clothing dudes at Fat Face are giving us the chance to win the ultimate outdoors getaway, a gorgeous VW campervan.  Throughout July Fat Face are running the win ‘Jim’ competition, offering a bespoke Fat Face VW campervan, worth £35,000 to one lucky lucky winner.

Jim, the Fat Face campervan

Jim, an amalgamation of the names of the founders Jules Leaver and Tim Slade, is the perfect prize to celebrate the company's success. Twenty five years ago, on a mission to provide the kind of clothes the founders loved to wear the most, either on the slopes or in the surf, Jules and Tim sold their own VW Campervan to start selling printed T-Shirts.  Surfing a wave of popular demand, the guys came up with the name for their company based on one of the best black ski runs, Le Face in Val d’Isere and ‘Fat Face’ was born. 

Jim, Fat Face campervan

Twenty five years on and the team are keen to shout about their success story and share their love of the outside with this great prize.  They also have a new website Fat Face’s '25 years' website and Facebook page where you can see their new summer range that includes some heritage products influenced by their original styles and designs. 

The campervan itself will be customised and will feature special Fat Face finishing touches.

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