Brighton Fringe is the largest arts event in England and the third largest in the world. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Brighton Fringe events for a number of years, this week I’m reflecting on some highlights from Brighton Fringe 2018 and looking forward to 2019’s festival.
A full gallery of images can be found here to give you a full flavour of the variety of 2018’s performances and shows. My personal favourite are the Fringe City weekend events on New Road. These exciting weekends feature tasters and samples from theatre, cabaret, music, dance, poetry and other visual arts that stream through a high-octane month they call Brighton Fringe Festival. It’s a floor photographers dream, never a dull moment.
I have photographed in all sorts of venues for The Fringe Brighton, from the glorious Brighton Spiegeltent with crowds wowing at the spectacular entertainers of cabaret, dance and circus performances to The Junkyard Dogs Theatre, winner of the Best Fringe Venue 2017 & 2018 seating a cozy 35 patrons. The diversity is mind blowing.
The photography is on a voluntary basis, there is ample opportunity to sell reproduction rights of the image to the artist, venues and promoters to aid them in their promotion of future performances. Brighton Fringe is the first of a long line of arts festivals that are on throughout the rest of the summer, the images captured are provided to Brighton Fringe for press and promotion only, the photographer holds the rights to the use of the images outside of that.
Preparations have already begun for Brighton Fringe 2019 with an event at the i360 in November and various Brighton Fringe photo shoots.
The Fringe launch was attended by friends and sponsors of Brighton Fringe Festival with the Lady Mayor of Brighton & Hove among the dignitaries. Guests enjoyed a splendid performance from Ester Natzijl. music by Sussex Steel, roaming entertainment with the Dilema Girls and magic card trickery by David Terrence. The arts are alive and well in Brighton & Hove!