Trans Pride Season
The Malborough, Tues 9 – Sat July
Brighton’s annual Trans Pride Season comes to The Marlborough Theatre and The Spire this July. It aims to promote equality and celebrate the diversity of trans, non-binary and intersex people. Performances will be featured by some of the community’s most compelling artists, including internationally recognised performance maker Emma Frankland, contemporary dance artist Es Morgan, performance artist turned comedian Krishna Istha and Brighton-based fat positive show Fat Cabaret.
The Rock House Festival
The Green Door Store, Sat 27 July
Rock House Festival, presented by Carousel is a real statement on how learning disabled and non-learning disabled bands can jointly create a fabulous scene and this July is their third comeback. Since 1982, Carousel helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it. The bands will be performance all-day, accompanied by a range of stalls, drinks and food to complete this accessible and ear-opening event.
Patterns, Thurs 1 Aug
A brand new LGBTQ+ event is being launched this summer. From the founder of the first Drag Society comes Draguation, a regular, queer, student-themed club night. While plenty of student events are designed for meeting new people, there’s a complete lack of these specifically aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. Coinciding with Brighton Pride, Draguation brings Queers Out For Summer to Patterns. This very special launch party will platform a range of incredible queer performers, including YouTube sensation Kelsey Ellison.
Traumfrau. Riots Mixtape: Songs & Stories of Pride
The Spire, Tues 2 Aug
‘The Songs and Stories of Pride’ creative party event comes to Brighton. In celebration of Brighton’s diversity and queer talent, art-party makers, Traumfrau, is working with The QueerSongbook this summer to host this live party event. It is open to everyone and will pay homage to the vibrant yet painful LGBTQ history and experience in Brighton’s community. The event will include live performances by queer musicians and a selection of hand-picked songs that will be backed by the talented Queer song band. Each song performed will reflect on queer experiences throughout the decades.
Brighton Prosecco & Gin Festival
Hilton Metropole, Fri 9 August
The UK’s biggest and original Prosecco & Fizz festival is returning to Brighton in August. It consists of these areas: Prosecco, Fizz & Gin; Italian Street Food and Live Music & Entertainment. On offer will be more than 30 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava, Brut, Pink Fizz, glorious Prosecco cocktails and a handpicked selection of gins. There’s even a bottled lager area for non-fizz fans. A delicious array of Italian street food perfectly designed to complement the alcohol will be available as well.
Brunswick Square, Hove; Fri 17 – Sat 18 Aug
The 38th Brunswick Festival, organised by a group of volunteers and local residents, returns in August. This free event brings cheerful crowds to Brunswick Square for live music, stalls and activities. This vibrant jamboree has grown over the years and now encompasses a series of outdoor events, with a quality programme of entertainment and social activities in celebration of this diverse community.
Magic of Thailand Festival, Brighton
Preston Park, Sat 17 – Sun 18 August
Thailand is coming back to Brighton’s Preston Park for a weekend in August, which provides a chance to explore the magic of ‘The Land Of Smiles’ and experience the wonderful Thai culture. The festival will start with live cooking demonstrations, authentic Thai cuisine food stalls, entertainment and activities throughout the day including Thai carving and Produce, Thai Boxing demonstrations, Ladyboy shows, kid’s rides, ‘I’m British Get Me Out of Here!’ eating competitions, Thai traditional costume parade, Thai beer garden, traditional Thai music & dancing and Thai massage.
Brighton Mod Weekender
Seafront and citywide, Thurs 22 – Sat 25 Aug
The Mod Weekender returns over August Bank Holiday weekend to its spiritual home, Brighton. The New Untouchables started the annual event back in 2004, and it’s grown to run across four days. The daytime events are free and family friendly at the Volks Tavern, the venue has two well-stocked bars and all-day food and outside terrace with plenty of parking for the scooters. All the ticket-only evening events take place at Brighton’s best venue the fabulous Komedia Theatre, which features live bands, DJ’s and special club nights.
Byline Festival brings Pussy Riot to the Ashdown Forest
Prippingford Manor Park, Fri 23 – Sun 26 August
Yes, you read that right! Pussy Riot, Lowkey, The Feeling, Extinction Rebellion, Suggs, whistleblowers Chris Wylie and Shahmir Sanni, political and social changemakers, comedy, poetry, this is a unique weekend. It will change you and you can change the world. Pitch your questions to Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Carole Cadwalladr, Naz Shah MP, peacemaker Dr Scilla Elworthy, feminists Gina Rippon and Gina Miler. Create your own podcast. Learn to be an investigative journalist with Byline Times’ editors. Dance to The Wag Club and The Blow Monkeys.