Brighton Fringe 2023 launched at weekend with over 830 events taking place across Brighton, Hove and beyond. The annual event, England’s largest arts festival, will take place this year from 5 May to 4 June, showcasing everything from comedy, cabaret and circus to films, spoken word and exhibitions.
New for 2023, is Caravanserai, an immersive pop-up festival site situated just North of St Peter’s Church. Established at Camp Bestival in 2013, Caravanserai is built out of repurposed caravans, with vintage fairground waltzers, where hoopla stalls and shoot-out galleries become bars.
The site will be free-to-enter, with street food stalls to enjoy, a dedicated family area for children and a Brighton Fringe box office on-site. Caravanserai will host two theatre venues with a programme of theatre, circus, and cabaret and more, plus a late-night music programme supported by Continental Drifts.
Programme highlights at Caravanserai include “Must See Show” of Edinburgh Fringe 2022, ‘Mythos: Ragnarok’, Ethiopian circus and fringe-favourite ‘Circus Abyssinia’, ‘Police Cops’, the three-man, multi-award-winning and globally acclaimed comedy group, taking to the stage this weekend, and a weekend music takeover between 11 and 14 May, programmed by Continental Drifts.
Across the rest of the city, you can explore venues from the Houseboat Verda in Shoreham-by-Sea, the Poets Smoke & Ale House in Hove, The Rotunda Theatre on Regency Square, Brighton Spiegeltent on the Old Steine, Arcobaleno in Kemptown and over one hundred more throughout the city.
Highlights of the festival include Brighton Fringe’s ‘seasons programme’ including The Dutch Season, which brings the best of Amsterdam Fringe to Brighton for the first time; a pan-African cultural exchange, the Culture Connex Festival hosted at Ironworks Studios; and Uncommon Comedy, a clown and mask festival taking place at The Old Market this weekend.
Brighton Fringe CEO Julian Caddy said “This is the very best time of year, and the excitement is palpable and building. Nowhere else in England can you find the scale and scope of creative work that is happening in Brighton & Hove during the months of May and June. I’d like to thank the thousands of people involved in making Brighton Fringe what it is. It’s been a long road to recovery, but this is already a bumper year in terms of advance ticket sales. I can’t wait to join you on the journey.”
It’s time to begin your #JourneyIntoFringe, to browse and book tickets visit https://www.brightonfringe.org/