Brighton and Hove Open Door 2012 for @heritageopenday is live!

Come to our @FabricaGallery event here – Thurs 6th Sept


Brighton & Hove Open Door

Stage Brighton & Hove Open Door as a part of the national Heritage Open Days celebration of England’s architecture and culture, itself a part of the overarching European Heritage Days.

For 2012, Brighton & Hove Open Door runs September 6, 7, 8 and 9 (online booking starts 8pm, 17 August)

This year, they are offering a really exciting programme of events, with over 100 activities on offer.


An afternoon of events for Heritage Open Days on Thursday 6th September, celebrating the role of ritual in our lives through family rituals, including dance performances from Ragroof Theatre, creative workshops with Jane Fordham, and Clare Nias and a talk on Victorian Mourning rituals from local historian Sarah Tobias,  apt given that Fabrica is based in an old church! Catherine Tajima Powell will be exhibiting her ‘Traces’ work for the event.

This afternoon is FREE and open to all, including refreshments between 1-4pm. There will also be a presentation by Cecile Chevalier. All washed down with free tea and cake! Now there’s a ritual!

We will be following

this free event, part of the national Heritage Open Days programme with a showing of the Oscar award winning film, Tango, by Carlos Saura. This film looks at the passion and ritualistic nature of Tango and it’s community. The film showing is a recession busting £1 and includes wine and other refreshments. Doors open for this at 6pm and the film starts at 6.20pm. All welcome!

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton that commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building. There is capacity for 150 persons.

Find out more about the venue here: www.fabrica.org.uk or email: info@fabrica.org.uk

Large groups wishing to come are very welcome but should contact Clare Hankinson – clare.hankinson@fabrica.org.uk

For those who are elderly, infirm or disabled to book free transport, please also contact Clare Hankinson above or on the Fabirca number: 01273 778 646

Fabrica can be found here

Laughter Lines revisited

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The Laughter Lines event at Fabrica  gallery on Thursday 23rd June was really well attended from all sections of the community. Strike a Light curated an event linking artists, film, performance, stand up, and a heritage talk about old time music hall which were well received.

The evening film of The Artist had record attendances, helped in part by the free bar!

The next event at Fabrica organised by Strike a Light will be on Thursday 6th September from 1-4pm, as part of Heritage Open Days including dance performances from Ragroof Theatre, creative workshops with Jane Fordham, and Clare Nias and a talk on Victorian Mourning rituals from local historian Sarah Tobias This afternoon is FREE and open to all, including refreshments.

This will be followed by a film showing of Tango, the Oscar winning film from Spanish Director Carlos Saura, looking at the passion and ritualistic nature of Tango and it’s community.The film showing is a recession busting £1 and includes wine and other refreshments. Doors open for this at 6pm and the film starts at 6.20pm.

Strike a Light researched laughter at the Mass Observation Archive based at Sussex University prior to the event from a directive issued in Spring 2002. Some of the thoughts about laughter are included below. To find out more about the Mass Observation Archive or to visit it for research purposes, check out their website here

Laughter: M.O Spring 2002

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‘Looking back on my life, I wish there had been more laughter in it: more witticisms given and received – more fun and sparkle and repartee’.


I still believe the best laughs are the ones you have with your friends. There is something about a group of women together that beats everything. Shorthand conversations where everyone understands everything without having to go into explanations’.

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‘Laughter is the best facelift’.

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‘There was such a lot of laughter when I was young, and first married. .. It is a long time since I laughed till I cried and my chest ached… but I live in hope’.

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‘I also will laugh at your calamity’ Bible, Proverbs 1.26

‘A jest often decides matters of importance more effectually and happily than seriousness’ Horace, Satires (35030 BC) 1.10

‘Laughter is the best medicine’ English proverb

‘Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh’ Bible, Luke 6:21

‘Cynicism is humour in ill health’ H.G Wells Short Stories, ‘The Last Trump’

‘Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh’ Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

‘Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else’ Will Rogers, ‘Warning to Jokers to stay off the Prince’, The Illiterate Digest (1942)

‘A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue of him that makes it’ Shakespeare, ‘Love’s Labors Lost 5.2.70

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‘Telling jokes is an art form possessed by few as such it cannot be learned’.


Showcasing a new project, Carnivaltastic set up by Lorraine Prince which Strike a Light will link up with to offer creative workshops specifically looking at carnival, and celebrating the festival vibe.

Carnivaltastic will offer workshops, team building, events, festivals, and hen parties so everyone can enjoy access to carnival, creative arts and music.

They would love to hear from you if you’re interested in any element of their carnival workshops. Carnivaltastic are flexible and able to work with all client groups, accommodating a range of needs.

Contact them on info@carnivaltastic.co.uk or call 07904 526 138.