Caravansai comes to Brighton Fringe

Brighton Fringe has announced its newest outdoor venue: Caravanserai. This pop-up outdoor festival is coming to the green space just north of Brighton’s St Peter’s Church, just a short walk from the station. 

Originally established at Camp Bestival, Caravanserai draws its name draws form the roadside stations and inns along the 7th century trading routes.  These welcomed travellers and supported the flow of commerce and information across Asia, Africa and Europee, providing a place to rest and socialise after a long journey.

During May, Caravanserai’s immersive world will be constructed from repurposed caravans, alongside vintage fairground waltzers, where hoopla stalls and shoot-out galleries become bars. The site will be free-to-enter, with food trucks to enjoy, a dedicated family area for children, secret bars to discover, and two stages packed with entertainment.

The site’s theatre venues consist of a 220-seater big top, showcasing theatre, circus and cabaret, along with a late-night music programme supported by Continental Drifts, and a 50-seater bandstand venue offering intimate comedy, spoken word and theatre events. There’ll also be interactive walkabout performances and a busking stage for Brighton Fringe acts from across the festival. Caravanserai will also play host to a community programme of workshops and talks in collaboration with Brighton Fringe’s charity partners Together Co., BARCO, Martlets and more.

“We can’t wait to come to Brighton this May and host many of the incredible acts and producers involved in Brighton Fringe,” said Artist-founder, Pete Bateman. “We’ve wanted to get Caravanserai out on the road for a few years now, and when the opportunity to bring it all to Brighton cropped up, we knew we had to do it. We are looking forward to sharing our world with a new audience and watching some great shows.”

Programme highlights include “Must See Show” of Edinburgh Fringe 2022, Mythos: Ragnarok, and the three-man, multi-award-winning and globally acclaimed comedy group, Police Cops. There’s a weekend music takeover on Thurs 11 – Sun 14 May, including Carnival Collective, a Rockinghorse Charity Rave and a selection of amazing bands. 

Camp Bestival founder Rob Da Bank said: “Everyone at Camp Bestival is incredibly excited to see Caravanserai up sticks and land by the sea in Brighton. Having been there from the start of the story in 2013 at Camp Bestival, it’s a joy to see a work created with love and passion for festivals on tour. There’s no cooler venue in global festival land, so roll up and make sure you get in the queue for the amazing programme at Brighton Fringe very soon. See you by the waltzers!”

Caravanserai comes to St Peter’s Church, Brighton, on Fri 5 May – Sun 4 June, as part of Brighton Fringe 2023. Find out more at: www.brightonfringe.org 

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