Brighton's Fringe Festival consisted of 5,539 performances of 790 events in 22 days, and they obviously couldn't all be excellent---but on this international circuit of creative exuberance, that's all to the good.
Among their similarities, Long Beach and the English city of Brighton and Hove share a perceived lack of place to present art and performance. But Victoria Bryan's latest report from the Brighton Festival shows how that can be overcome.
Alison Hayes was a chambermaid when she began programing spaces in the Claremont Hotel. Now its curator, her familiarity with the rooms is as important as her art school background in creating unexpected presentations that blend art and architecture. Et tu, Long Beach?
Many in the audience at the Brighton Festivals are struggling with a lack of money and time, and on this evening there was bad weather, too. But a lifelong love of dance overcame the elements, and provided more proof of the importance of early exposure to the arts.
The third in a series looking at the similarities between Long Beach and Brighton, England. Both are home to many artists, a happy circumstance that Brighton annually leverages into a month of major arts festivals that reach into every part of the community. Could Long Beach do the same?
After 46 years, there is a powerful marriage of the global and the local in the Brighton Festival, a blend of celebrities and residents. This year's honorary Artistic Director is actress Vanessa Redgrave (right), who didn't mind putting on some rain gear to walk the Children's Parade with the Mayor. Could Long Beach do something like this?
GreaterLongBeach.com contributor Victoria Bryan---born-and-raised in Great Britain, a 27-year resident of Long Beach---begins a month-long series of reports from the annual arts festivals in Brighton, wherein she wonders: could something like this happen here?
With all respect to Shakespeare, sometimes it's not so much a love of the The Bard as having a buddy in the cast that puts audiences in the seats of local theatres. Other times ... well ... read on to find what Victoria Bryan discovered at the Long Beach Playhouse on opening night of "Taming of the Shrew."