Every year during May, Brighton is transformed – with Brighton Fringe offering a space for international performers to showcase the uniqueness of Brighton’s cultural heritage. It’s a celebration of the bizarre minds and talents Brighton has to offer, with more than 30% of the events curated by creative companies based in Brighton & Hove.
Last year, Brighton Fringe launched its international project with a Dutch season. 2018 sees the welcome of the Finnish Season, offering a new perspective on originality. With Finland’s reputation of creativity and seeking more than what is on the exterior, Brighton Fringe has teamed up with The Finnish Institute in London to illustrate the diversity of the bizarre Finnish minds.
The Finnish Season 2018 brings ten performances, acts, art installations and madness to the city. The pieces include All City Movement, a series of street paintings appearing across the city, combining the natural world and hope to protect and conserve the environment.
Another of the works is a dance performance, Blackpool, which reveals the competitiveness of ballroom dancing and the brutality behind all of the glamour. Take a moment to explore the world of the grotesque with the Dark Side of the Mime, combining pantomime, porn, splatter and violence into a performative event.
The program also includes the UK premiere of Finnish International musical-comedy hit The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers; solo stand-up show Gender Euphoria, which explores James Lorien MacDonald’s performative gender; ‘Queer Homo’, which follows a straight man who falls in love with another man; circus performing turned into art in Sound Barrier; acrobatic show Suhde; circus up-close with Väkevä & Lyydia (double bill), and a three part return to the wilderness in ‘Wolf Safari’.
With such a packed schedule, one thing’s for sure: combining the Finnish Institute in London with Brighton Fringe will bring out the very best of two cultures through performance and art.
Find out more about Brighton Fringe’s Finnish Season here.