Brighton Fringe revealed its 2016 programme today [24 February], including the news that The Reviews Hub will be an official Media Partner for the festival.
Over 900 events will take place in Brighton during the Fringe, including a major new seafront pop-up venue Republic, the arrival of Edinburgh venue Sweet, and the Fringe All Nighter that will see shows run until dawn.
For Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, the draw of live entertainment is a major boost to the Brighton economy. “All over the world, Fringe festivals have become a fundamental part of the arts ecosystem and the continued extraordinary growth of Brighton Fringe is testament to this. We are taking people away from digital screens and opening up live performance to a wider audience than ever before, with an unprecedented range and affordability that is truly a breath of fresh air. Brighton Fringe is now a definitive landmark event that the whole country can be proud of.”
A total of165 venueswill be hosting Brighton Fringe events in 2016 with a line-up that features theatre, dance, music, comedy and literature.
Over 230 shows are appearing within the theatre programme with highlights including the world premiere ofAphrodite in Flippers, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,based on the true story of one woman’s time in the RAF, and the Tim Burton-esqueThe Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon from award-winning company The Human Zoo.
Other theatre offerings include the award-winning Police Cops, El Blanco, the 2015 South African National Arts Festival Gold Ovation award-winner and Daniel Bye’s, Fringe First winningGoing Viral.
As ever, cabaret makes a strong showing at the festival with over 70 acts including La Cliquefavourite Adrienne Truscott in her Brighton solo debut; Australian,award-winningBriefsand festival favourites Meow Meow, Le Gateau Chocolat and Camille O’Sullivan.
Comedy fans can choose from 275 events, including Fosters’ Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2015 and Scottish Comedian of the Year Larry Dean, the smash-hit comedy game showWiFi Wars, BBC Radio favourite Jessica Fostekew and James Bennison, winner of the Brighton Fringe 2015 Best Young Comedy Performer.
There will also be a diverse taste of music, includingelectro mischief-makers Cassetteboy and DJ Rubbish, nu-folk star Martha Tilston, acoustic and slide guitar genius Martin Simpson, and the Dutch experimental music and performance art group, 7090 with the UK premiere ofHuldebiet.
Spoken wordevents include award-winning beatboxer Shlomo’s new show#NewRules andThe Odditorium, whereWatchmenandV for Vendetta author Alan Moore is due to make a rare live appearance.
The festival also includes a wide range of dance and performance arts events across the city. Creative showcaseFringe Citywill see the North Laine come alive on Sundays as well as Saturdays this year, with performances every weekend in May covered. This includes two Brighton Fringe family picnics (7 and 14 May).
The Reviews Hub is delighted to support Brighton Fringe as an official Media Partner and will be offering extensive news, previews, interviews and reviews in the run-up and throughout the festival. Commercial Director Paul Couch commented: “Brighton Fringe is one of the most eclectic and dynamic arts festivals around and it’s a real honour that The Reviews Hub has been chosen as media partner. We are now the most prolific arts portal in the UK and this partnership reflects that.”
Brighton Fringe 2016takes places from6 May to 5 June 2016.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Brighton Fringe from 24 February and on general sale from3 March.
For more information visitbrightonfringe.org