England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe, which The Reviews Hub ismedia partner for, today [21 May 2016] marks the halfway point of the 2016 edition.
Officially opening on Friday 6th May, the festival has already seen hundreds of performers and thousands of festival goers descend on East Sussex for a celebration across all art forms.
Organisers of the open access festival had already announced bumper sales ahead of the opening, but at the halfway mark are hailing the festival as one of the most vibrant ever.
For Brighton Fringe Managing Director, Julian Caddy, it’s been a bumper start to the festival. “This year’s Brighton Fringe has captured the public’s imagination more than ever before. We are enjoying record ticket sales and look set to far surpass the number of tickets sold last year, which makes it even more exciting.”
With so much happening, it’s not a restful month for Caddy however. “I now spend my days planning Brighton Fringe 2017 and nights taking in the shows, so the days are long, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world“ he explains.
It’s a view shared across the Fringe.
For Sweet Venues, 2016 marks their debut at Brighton Fringe, running four venues across the City but for Artistic Director JD Henshaw, the move to Brighton has been a positive one.
“I am over the moon with how Brighton Fringe 2016 is going! Amazing shows with fantastic reviews, brilliant performers and wonderful audiences” he shares. “This May is already showing us all the best of being part of this truly spectacular Fringe, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the month has in store for everyone!”
Organisers have also shared some interesting facts at the halfway point.
At the end of today [21 May 2016] this year’s festival will have featured:
- 2121 individual performances
- 163 free shows
- 47 cabaret shows
- 149 theatre shows
- 284 shows with some form of audience interaction
- 272 shows containing swearing
- 39 shows containing nudity!
The busiest day so far for Brighton Fringe 2016 was Saturday 14 May, that saw 240 performance but, by the end of the Fringe on 5 June there will have been a total of 4256 performances across the City.
So while organisers may be celebrating a busy first half of Brighton Fringe, there’s still plenty to come for festival goers before this year’s Brighton Fringe comes to a close.