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Arts Council England supports Brighton & Hove’s White Night for fourth year in a row with four commissioned works

  • Date: 6 October 2011
  • Area: South East
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Boogaloo Stu and Sparklemotion, Pop Magic!. Credit: Photo courtesy of Boogaloo Stu

Four new commissioned pieces of work funded by Arts Council England will appear on the streets of Brighton and Hove as part of a special ‘one night only’ cultural festival set to take place this month.

Arts Council England's Grants for the arts scheme has supported these pieces of work – which will make up part of White Night Brighton and Hove - to the sum of over £90,000.

Grants for the arts is Arts Council England's National Lottery funded open application funding programme. It supports arts activities that engage people in the arts and helps artists and arts organisations with their work.

The four artworks encompass digital film, theatre, music, performance art and video mapping and will engage with a wide range of audiences across the city during this special one off night time event.

White Night takes place on 29 October in Brighton and Hove as the clocks go back for the winter period. Each of the events and commissions has been created especially for White Night.

White Night is being curated and produced by Brighton and Hove City Council. A similar annual event (‘Nuit Blanche’) takes place on 15 October in Amiens, France.

The projects are:

  • Metahub - a centrepiece for Brighton & Hove White Night festival, Beatabet's Metahub will transform the city into a social media driven environment to engage the public. Both the public's own video content and live-streams from venues and events across the city will be projected onto a sculpture in Jubilee Square.
  • Alternative Village Fete - using the concept of the traditional British village fete to create a free event in a public space, Home Live Art Ltd's project brings together a programme of innovative, accessible live art and performance with craft, food produce and participatory activities for a wide ranging audience, encompassing young, old, arts and mainstream.
  • Tower of Dreams, BN2– a project that will push the creative boundaries of Video Mapping, Shared Space and Light's project usesa new way to create large scale public projection events. This particular project will be working with a local community concerned about the future of a much loved landmark building in Brighton, the Pepperpot, which is gradually falling into disrepair. 
  • Pop Magic - Boogaloo Stu's interactive participatory event is designed to engage local communities, giving them the opportunity to write and record a song, and produce an accompanying pop video.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England, said, 'We are delighted to once again be supporting White Night with Grants for the arts funding. These are works are inspiring and engaging. White Night is great news for Brighton and Hove and is one of many events in the city’s calendar that help galvanise Brighton and Hove’s position as an important cultural hub.'

Kate Laird, of Shared Space and Light, who is presenting Tower of Dreams, BN2,  added, “We believe that every building has a story to tell and for the first time, Tower of Dreams, BN2, will use video mapping techniques to take personal stories from the local community and project them publicly onto the specific architecture of the Pepperpot.”

Abe Moughrabi from Beatabet, said, 'The Metahub will create an exciting and immersive environment at the heart of both Amiens and Brighton events, where you can catch a glimpse of the plethora of happenings throughout the festival. Everyone can be a part of it by uploading their own videos, sound-bites and photos to The Metahub.'

Boogaloo Stu described his show Pop Magic:  'In just over one hour, audience members are given the opportunity to collectively write, record and produce their very own pop single complete with an accompanying lip-synched video, additionally featuring an assembled cast of participants performing a flashmob dance routine.

'The finished video is the promptly edited and uploaded to the internet; within hours the audience can watch, download and share the results of the show across a multitude of social media platforms. The result is a hilarious and fast-paced DIY version of the X-Factor!'

Grants for the arts invests National Lottery money in the highest quality arts activity and supports innovative and exciting work. Every month hundreds of great arts projects across England will be awarded Grants for the arts funding.

To see the latest awards and to find out how to take part in many of these projects, visit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/grants-arts-awards/

Brighton and Hove's White Night takes place on 29 October from 8pm until late.  Events are free to attend and for more information visit www.whitenightnuitblanche.com