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One Man’s Vision

Peter Batten writes about a local man

I have been living in Hove for almost nineteen years. One of the rewards which Nikki and I have come to recognise is the ever-growing Brighton Festival. From the year 2000 we began to explore the Open Houses and to admire the many talented people who display their work. If you have never visited any of these mini galleries you have missed a rich experience. Yes, the work is varied in media, style, presentation and quality, but everywhere you will have the chance to discover unique artefacts and meet people with a personal style and vision. Continue reading One Man’s Vision

50th Brighton Festival

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival has become one of the city’s most enduring symbols of inventiveness and celebration over the past half century. Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson is this year’s Guest Director. Renowned for her inventive use of technology, Anderson is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers. In roles as varied as artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist, she has been experimenting, creating and challenging audiences all over the world for almost as long as Brighton Festival has existed. Anderson takes the helm as Brighton Festival marks its milestone 50th year of commissioning and producing innovative arts and culture by exploring the theme of ‘home and place’ across its 2016 programme. Continue reading 50th Brighton Festival

The Whistler – April 2012

Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave - Brighton Festival Guest Director 2012

WHCA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the officers and committee elected, will be held on Tuesday 29 May 2012 at the West Hill Hall. Nominations for the committee must be seconded and sent with the written consent of the nominee to the Hall. The business of the meeting will be followed by our perennial favourite, the Quiz. Refreshments and bonhomie free. All welcome.

By May, the 46th annual Brighton Festival will be in full swing. Vanessa Redgrave brings her passion for acting, freedom and human rights to the festival as Guest Director. Many of her interests are explored in the wide-ranging programme across music, theatre, dance, film, literature from acting to politics, to memory and nostalgia, to homeland and story-telling, to humanitarian concerns and economic and social issues.

In 2011 Brighton Festival took the art world by surprise appointing Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi as Guest Director. A programme was built around her struggle for freedom of speech, democracy and giving a voice to the powerless. Vanessa Redgrave continues this purpose and returns to Brighton to take part in, and contribute to, the production of this ‘glorious festival’.

The Whistler – April 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED

Aung San Suu Kyi, this year’s Brighton Festival guest director, sends a message to the festival:

“We all think about the Brighton Festival as an occasion for festivities, for diversity, for creativity, for expression, for freedom of expression. This is especially important to us in Burma, who have been deprived of this right of freedom for very many years. We look to you to use your freedom of expression to let the world know what it is like in our country.
There is connection between all kinds of expression and because everything is connected we think that what you do there, half way across the world from us, can help us here a great deal.”

Last year The Whistler wrote about the Burmese comic Zarganar who has been jailed by the military junta for 35 years. This May, Brighton & Hove comes alive with a powerful and exciting programme of cultural events in celebration of this year’s Guest Director, Aung San Suu Kyi, the courageous Burmese leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has fought peacefully for democracy and, taken to the heart of this year’s Festival, is her message, “use your liberty to promote ours”. West Hill Hall is a Festival Fringe venue and has been used as a rehearsal space for festival shows.

Structural changes are in the news too – the long running campaign to save the Royal Alexandra Hospital buildings has been won. Taylor Wimpey responded to the majority of local feeling and withdrew the demolition option prior to the Council planning committee meeting. The plan to convert and restore the main building was unanimously approved. The Brighton Station gateway project is looking at ways to improve access and facilities at the station and the only way that a great scheme can be developed is with the input and ideas of users of the area. Let us know your views so we can feed them into the planning process.

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the officers and committee elected, will be held on Tuesday 31 May 2011 at the West Hill Hall. Nominations for the committee must be seconded and sent with the written consent of the nominee to the Hall. The business of the meeting will be followed by our perennial favourite, the Quiz, set and presented by David Perrett. Refreshments and bonhomie free. All welcome.

Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours

Aung San Suu Kyi  - credit Burma Campaign UK
Aung San Suu Kyi

This is a quotation and a plea from Aung San Suu Kyi, guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival. Brighton, as the UK’s most liberal city, is the ideal place to host a festival celebrating themes of freedom of expression, liberty, and the power of the individual voice in society, and will come alive in May as we celebrate and champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s cause and world-vision. She says, “It is especially pleasing for me to see, albeit remotely, Brighton Festival taking shape this year, and to think that so many people will come together in May to celebrate great art and to experience the inner peace it brings. It is wonderful, too, to know that there is such support for the effort to bring democracy and freedom to Burma, for which the Burmese people have been diligently working for so long. I wish everyone involved in Brighton Festival this year – the artists and the audience – the happiest of times. And thank you – please continue to use your liberty to promote ours.”
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