The dawn of May is upon us. It’s the month of bloom, of terrible puns (I mean, come on people, how is this funny any more!??) and the tantalizing temptress of almost-not-quite-summertime.
If you happen to be one of the lucky ones (you live in Brighton), May is also just about the best thing ever. Food, culture, entertainment, theatre and art combine in a rapture of sensual stimulation and down-right fabulousness. Here’s why:
The Artists’ Open Houses runs on weekends throughout May. There are 13 different trails to choose from and a whole variety of amazing abodes to explore. The art is always fabulous, but man, the excuse to nosey in someone else’s house?! Unparalleled!
Want to know more? Check out our nifty wee post with a hat tilt towards the West Hove Art Trail, where we’ll be working all of May – come say “hi”.
With both the Fringe and The Brighton Festival happening simultaneously, it’s going to be a month of FOMO overdrive.
There are some stunning theatrical options on offer, some from new theatre companies, others well-established, all whinnying for your attention. This year, my policy has been to choose one show from each category – from comedy to cabaret – because, alas, you just can’t do it all.
Many of the plays are free entry, or very reasonable if they do charge, and the majority are totally off-the-wall-weird-and-wacky and will have your brains ticking long after the final curtain.
The one I’m most looking forward to is Fetish Julius Caesar – he who dares to set Shakespeare in a fetish club wins, my son! You probably have to check it out – it’s on the 7th, 8th and 21st May and you can buy your tickets here for £10 a pop.
What I also love about this month is how many tiny pub theatres come out of the brickwork to say, “Hey, I’m here, come and enjoy my delights”, and it suddenly feels like everywhere is a performance space, offering a new type of adventure every which way.
The Foodies’ Festival is my favourite of all the festivals, mainly because I’m a greedy guzzler with a penchant for day drinking on a Monday (it’s just so naughty!) It’s happening this weekend from Saturday to Monday and has a whole array of eateries, drinks stands, bands and beauties to peruse. To top it off, it’s on Hove lawns over-looking the beach. Hooray!
This year we gave away two sets of tickets, so we’re looking forward to hearing how the lucky winners enjoy their free day of culinary delights.
The Food Festival is also happening throughout May, with a variety of different events popping up all over the city. This is a chance for Brighton’s restaurants to really show what they’ve got, and is also a celebration of the amazing local produce available in and around Sussex. The Food Festival concludes with an array of stalls, wine bars and seafood shacks on Hove Lawns during the second May Bank holiday. Seriously, are you guys getting pretty freaking excited yet?
The fabulous Spiegeltent deserves a paragraph all of their own. Situated on the Old Steine lawns, the Spiegeltent offers a huge variety of performances, club nights, storytelling events, music, circus, cabaret. This is the place to be this May.
They have over 140 shows from 55 companies and one of the most spectacular event sites in the city. Check it out.
Brighton waltzes with culture this month. Of course all of the above fall under this category, but on a more base level, there are ample opportunities to try the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures. The Foodies’ festival alone has pretty much every cuisine imaginable – try an Ostrich burger for brunch, Chinese dumplings for lunch and finish it all off with a big old rack of Texan ribs, washed down with a mojito in the sun.
And of course there’s The Ladyboys of Bangkok, who come to the Sabai Pavillion, just across from the actual Pavillion, every year. I have to say, I didn’t enjoy this experience last year. It felt a little exploitative and very much geared towards western fancies, which made me uncomfortable. However, not one to judge, I would definitely recommend heading along and having a look. For £7.35 a ticket, it’s an interesting and unique experience that will not be easily forgotten.
Whatever you decide to go for, don’t miss out this May. I suggest keeping a handy calender of events and jam packing your month full of wonderment, satiating your appetite for culture for a whole year. Until next time.
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