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Fantastic Brighton Fringe a huge success

The Argus: Fantastic Brighton Fringe a huge success Fantastic Brighton Fringe a huge success

This year’s Brighton Fringe was officially the biggest to date – with attendances up nearly a third on 2012’s record.

Some 270,000 art lovers flooded the city betweenMay 4 and June 2 spending an estimated £1.5million on tickets alone.

Atotal of 734 shows were on offer with some 3,654 performances across 185 venues.

Organisers have also heralded the benefits to local businesses with an estimated sixfigure increase in spend in pubs, restaurants and hotels across the four weeks.

Julian Caddy, managing director, said: “2013 has been decisive year in the development of Brighton Fringe as it continues to make an impact on the artistic landscape of the city and the country as a whole.

“But there is no point being a large festival unless you’re also a great festival.”

The event scooped 11 of the prestigious Argus Angels as well as ten of the 15 Latest Festival Awards on offer.

Original writing was also recognised with the theatre piece Gather Ye Rosebuds wining the New Writing South’s Best New Play and Chapel Street the Emerging Talent Award.

The event, which prides itself on its accessibility, had some 176 free events this year with the average ticket price just £9.

One of the most talked about performances of the month was the record breaking Kate Bush Experience.

The final weekend of the Fringe sawhundreds of lookalikes gather in Stanmer Park to re-enact the singer’s hit Wuthering Heights.

There was also the return of the Spiegeltent which housed hit cabaret group La Clique.

After an absence of seven years, the world-famous venue returned to the Old Steine and enjoyed sell-outs nearly every night.

Among the other favourites was contemporary theatre group, NoFit State Circus, who pitched up on Hove Lawns, and Van Buren and Gandey’s Victorian Wonders Carnival in Victoria Gardens.

The weekly Fringe City event in New Road was also deemed a success with an estimated 45,000 people over the month.

Mr Caddy added that the annual event was now regarded as a staple in the arts calendar for performers around the world.

He said: “Whether it be through the development of newwork or the showcasing of world class national and international performance, Brighton Fringe has become the destination to discover it. See you in 2014.”

Registration for next year’s event begins in October.

For more information go to their website.

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6:45pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Fercri Sakes says...

As we can see here The Green Party is "Destroying this once great City leaving a hollow shell with no visitors".

Oh, sorry. Seems like visitor numbers are actually up, even when we had awful weather in May. I await the "I was wrong" apologies from the many commentators here who day-in-day-out slam the Green Party's effect on tourism with their 'communist' parking policies, anti-tourism policies. ;)
As we can see here The Green Party is "Destroying this once great City leaving a hollow shell with no visitors". Oh, sorry. Seems like visitor numbers are actually up, even when we had awful weather in May. I await the "I was wrong" apologies from the many commentators here who day-in-day-out slam the Green Party's effect on tourism with their 'communist' parking policies, anti-tourism policies. ;) Fercri Sakes
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6:55pm Fri 28 Jun 13

HJarrs says...

Simply impossible. Parking charges and building a cycle lane along the Lewes Rd have made Brighton a ghost town. Nobody visits the seafront anymore.

Likewise, lowest unemployment levels since 2008 demonstrate how the Greens are driving business out of the city.

We need to get the Greens out and return this city to being a car park.
Simply impossible. Parking charges and building a cycle lane along the Lewes Rd have made Brighton a ghost town. Nobody visits the seafront anymore. Likewise, lowest unemployment levels since 2008 demonstrate how the Greens are driving business out of the city. We need to get the Greens out and return this city to being a car park. HJarrs
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7:24pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

However, the Greens are turning the city into a playground for the rich. Did you know it was £4.50 a pint in the Fringe Garden.
However, the Greens are turning the city into a playground for the rich. Did you know it was £4.50 a pint in the Fringe Garden. Maxwell's Ghost
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7:28pm Fri 28 Jun 13

womanofsubstance says...

Did Peter Jsmes go? If he did..did he like it...if he didnt what was the amazing story that kept him away?
Did Peter Jsmes go? If he did..did he like it...if he didnt what was the amazing story that kept him away? womanofsubstance
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7:33pm Fri 28 Jun 13

HJarrs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
However, the Greens are turning the city into a playground for the rich. Did you know it was £4.50 a pint in the Fringe Garden.
£2.80 in my local
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: However, the Greens are turning the city into a playground for the rich. Did you know it was £4.50 a pint in the Fringe Garden.[/p][/quote]£2.80 in my local HJarrs
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9:24pm Fri 28 Jun 13

u.k.i.p. says...

I need a reasonable local can you give us a clue
I need a reasonable local can you give us a clue u.k.i.p.
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10:22pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

From your posts HJarrs it seems like you imbibe too much too often.
Korsakoffs syndrome perhaps?
From your posts HJarrs it seems like you imbibe too much too often. Korsakoffs syndrome perhaps? Maxwell's Ghost
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10:45pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

ukip, he probably means the Constant Service or the Hanover.
ukip, he probably means the Constant Service or the Hanover. Maxwell's Ghost
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4:24pm Sat 29 Jun 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Having watched the above video - where the advert for that disgusting shop Argos - which uses people from Workfare (where they're given no pay at all for all the work they are forced to do) - and seeing the advert is longer than the video - I'm glad I didn't bother going as if that's a prime example, it certainly didn't look very entertaining at all.
Having watched the above video - where the advert for that disgusting shop Argos - which uses people from Workfare (where they're given no pay at all for all the work they are forced to do) - and seeing the advert is longer than the video - I'm glad I didn't bother going as if that's a prime example, it certainly didn't look very entertaining at all. getThisCoalitionOut
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8:43am Sun 30 Jun 13

womanofsubstance says...

"And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How ev'rything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll..."
---Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann
5 August 1944
"And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our soul. There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How ev'rything still turns to gold. And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last. When all are one and one is all To be a rock and not to roll..." ---Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann 5 August 1944 womanofsubstance
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