There were a lot of interesting events over the Brighton Festival 2004 in May, and I booked for quite a few. Some you can book online, but for others you have to ring up (and pay a £1.75 booking fee) on 01273 709709.
I went to lots of events. I went to a Buddhist Open Day at the Bodhisattva Centre in Hove. I believe the building was originally a Catholic convent. Everyone was very friendly and I attended a meditation session.
See my reviews:
an evening of poetry including Poets Cornered and Murray Lachlan Young
near life experience
the big splash a free event at Brighton Marina
Mugenkyo Taiko Drumming
painful creatures a free event in Queens Park
the lazy kings three processions converging on Preston Park
la syncope du 7 a circus/dance hybrid
cycle ride and stone carvings
Lucy Bundy is Fake Bush and
I was not there an open house.
I particularly enjoyed:
painful creatures and
the lazy kings
They were both interesting, and the Lazy Kings event in particular was amazing. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
I went to the Carnival Encounter on 22 May. I missed the various parades converging on Madeira Drive, but there the party really started with Samba, stilt-walkers, drums and more, culminating in a finale with all the bands joining in. A great atmosphere and a great party!
It was also worth popping along to the Famous Spiegeltent in the evening, but when I went there, there was a long queue. Eventually, I got the chance to wander round inside, and it was worth it. The Famous Spiegeltent was created in the twenties and I hear that Marlene Dietrich once sang 'Falling in Love again' there. It has a circular teak dance floor, velvet curtains, and a chandelier.
I paid for:
... but I ran out of time to go to some other events, including more open houses, various open-air events, and a Labyrinth walk. If you went on the Labyrinth walk, I'd love to hear about it. Overall, I thought it a fantastic Festival, and look forward to 2005.
I went to quite a few Festival events in 2002, from an interesting audience with Terry Pratchett and Terry Jones, to walks round Brighton, and a very amusing play, Love and Other Fairytales, loosely based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. I didn't get the chance to get to any of the events in 2003, but I definitely did more in 2004.
I'm interested in your views and comments on these, or any other, Festival events ...
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