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TedX Brighton 2014, Many Hands - this Friday 31 October 2014

This year's TedX Brighton is in less than two days time and the full line-up is settled. Taking place this Friday 31st of October 2014 at the Dome Concert Hall for its fourth consecutive year, the title is Many Hands. There are nineteen speakers listed, split into four themes: Reaching Out, Drawn Together, The Makers and Going Beyond. The over-arching themes are related to connectivity, convergence and community and will be covering such topics as the dark web, the wisdom of crowds and the new ethical supermarket initiative, hiSbe.

Here's a round-up of some of the speakers I'll be most interested to see and why.
~ TEDx Brighton 2014 ~

Have you ever wished you could predict the future? Karl Mattingly is a man who can do just that. Karl is CEO of Slow Voice, a company he created to harvest the wisdom of crowds in order to predict, among other things, the outcome of geo political events. The results have been scarily accurate and Karl is hoping to make some predictions about the future of Brighton.

Sam Roddick is an artist, radical activist, founder of Coco de Mer and a regular contributor to television and radio. Sam was one of the first people invited to talk as Sam Orams, the Producer, "just knew she would light up the stage with her passion, enthusiasm and fresh thinking. Sam’s the kind of person that you can’t help but listen to and admire, so I’m really looking forward to hearing her talk."

Anyone who loved the recent series “The Men Who Made Us Spend” will be looking forward to meeting the programme's writer and presenter, investigative journalist and broadcaster, Jacques Peretti. His new series, tackles inequality: what is really driving it, and why it has been accepted as inevitable. Jacques is taking part in the makers section of the day, during which we will be exploring the seemingly lost art of making things for ourselves.

Along with her sister Amy, Ruth Anslow  is a Co-Founder of hiSbe Food, a new kind of supermarket. Built on ethical and transparent trading practises and sustainable sourcing policies, it is a brand new type of independent supermarket. Their aim with hiSbe is to make good food more affordable. Ruth and hiSbe are on a mission to take on the mainstream supermarkets and make the food industry fairer and more sustainable. | @RuthAnslow

Here's a list of the running order and times:

9:40 Session 1: Reaching Out
Karl Mattingly, Stefania Druga, Ju Row Farr, Deanna Rodger
11:00 Break
11:30 Session 2: Drawn Together
Peter James, Megan Leckie ,Ruth Anslow ,CiCi Blumstein
12:30 Lunch
14:15 Session 3: The Makers
Jacques Peretti, Ben Edmonds, Andoitz Telleria, EJ Osborne ,Tom Lywood, James Otter, Jim Fleeting
15:30 Break
15:50 Session 4: Going Beyond
Camille Baker, Alan Pearce, Fox Fisher, Sam Roddick
17:00 Close

There are only a few tickets left for this completely volunteer run and not for profit event. Every penny made this year will be re-invested into making next year even bigger and better.

Click on TedX Brighton, to read my other blog about this year's event.



This Monday, 20 October marks the start of a new year for Brighton Fringe. Everyone is encouraged to take part in England’s largest arts festival, which runs for 4 weeks from 1 – 31 May 2015; incorporating May half-term and both bank holidays.

Online event registration is open from noon on 20 October until 30 January and anyone wanting to showcase their talent at any venue from their front room to a large theatre is welcome to sign up using the online registration form here:

Brighton Fringe are always looking for ways to make taking part affordable for participants, and this year is no different. Those that are well organised can save up to £30 by taking advantage of the Early Bird discount on registration fees by registering before 15 December.

To help with the cost of putting on a fringe show, Brighton Fringe has secured four funding schemes (with more to be confirmed) to support participants, including the returning Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards, match funding from crowdfunding partners Zequs and IdeasTap bursaries.

Legal and General are also running a revamped bursary scheme, with 12 bursaries on offer to local Brighton Fringe participants over the age of 60. This is the first year of running this new scheme with the aim to engage older people with the arts.

During and after event registration, all participants benefit from professional advice, support and resources offered by Brighton Fringe, including a programme of Professional Development workshops with expert speakers and one-on-one sessions.

Brighton Fringe also runs an Arts Industry Service, which encourages Arts Industry Professionals from across the UK and the world to visit Brighton in May to look for exciting new work. In 2014 over 150 Arts Industry Professionals were accredited, and they attended 158 events. Many Brighton Fringe participants have taken their work elsewhere as a result of this service. The popular Family Guide will also be returning, expected to feature over 150 events just for families as their number continues to increase with the festival including the half term week.

Brighton Fringe are also launching a new Friends membership scheme on 20 October, to now include benefits year-round as well as during the festival period. Friends of Brighton Fringe will receive discounts at their favourite hotels, bars, restaurants and spas across the city on top of the popular 2-4-1 ticket offers, priority booking, paying no booking fees and invites to VIP events. You can become a Friend of Brighton Fringe on our website at

The ever-popular Brighton Fringe brochure will hit the streets in early March, with the programme launching online at the end of February.

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, said: “The beauty of Brighton Fringe’s format is that it is completely open access, meaning anybody can take part, putting on whatever you want to do, wherever you want to do it. This allows for the widest variety of events to be found anywhere in the country. The services that we provide year-round will help you at every step of the way, with ongoing professional development support, funding information and connections with other festivals, venues and events. Ultimately, our role is to help your work be as good as it can be, so you can benefit from all the opportunities that are available to you. The journey starts here and we look forward to joining you.”

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“Best Venue” The Marlborough Theatre calls for applications to Brighton Fringe 2015

~ Marlborough Theatre venue ~
Winners of last year’s “Best Venue” award at Brighton Fringe 2014, The Marlborough Theatre, are now welcoming applications for their 2015 programme.

Taking place throughout May at hundreds of venues across Brighton and Hove, Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and the third largest open access arts festival in the world. Every year the showcase of diverse art forms offers both local talent and artists from across the globe the opportunity to find new audiences and gain valuable media exposure. The Marlborough is at the heart of this fantastic celebration of culture.  

The Marlborough Theatre is one of the best equipped and flexible small-scale spaces on the Fringe. The beautiful proscenium arch stage, complete with velvet curtains, sits above a friendly and eclectic pub and hosts over 30 shows each year during the festival. Throughout the rest of the year The Marlborough continues to present exciting and boundary-pushing work to a diverse public from all walks of life. It’s also the home of Pink Fringe, year-round producers of Queer performance.
Last year’s line-up on the Fringe included “Best Performance” award winning play “Thief” by Liam Rudden, Argus Angel for comedy to Casual ViolenceRosana Cade’s Sister”, named Outstanding Show by Fringe Review, and two sell-out shows by comedy stars of the future Sleeping Trees. In previous years they have also attracted work by the likes of Neil Bartlett and Bette Bourne.

Outside Marlborough Theatre
The Marlborough Theatre team are now looking for the best fringe theatre, comedy, cabaret and performance to fill their programme.

The Marlborough Theatre’s Autumn Season kicks off on Thursday October 16th, so there are lots of reasons to check out the venue while applications are open!

Notes to Editors
-          The Marlborough Theatre won “Best Venue” at The Latest Festival and Fringe awards 2014, and “Thief” by Liam Rudden won “Best Performance”. You can see a full list of awards here: The Latest 2014 awards
-          Application details: DrinkinBrighton Marlborough application
-          Autumn programme: Marlborough Autumn programme

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