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News from our project – The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

Put a date in your diaries for this FREE final The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project event this year on Friday 30th June 11am-4pm, at Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

It’s come round very quickly, but we’re programming the one day event at present. We’ll have speakers during the day including Dr Frank Gray (Screen Archive South East) showing Sussex in WWI film clips, Dr Chris Kempshall discussing East Sussex in WWI, Gateways to the First World War, Dr Alison Fell on Women Workers in WWI, and further speakers to be confirmed. We’ll also have exhibitions in the main area, and a Q& A lunchtime session chaired by Dr Sam Carroll.

We’ll be encouraging people to both drop in, or stay all day, and sit and eat your lunch whilst hearing more about this fascinating period of history with a Brighton perspective. Watch this space for updates.

We’ll also be exhibiting our textiles from the project alongside a series of bespoke short films about the city in WWI (made by young filmmakers), for the BFEST Brighton Youth Festival starting on 28th May. This exhibition will continue until 4th July 2017 before touring to other city venues.

The Orange Lilies project runs until July 2017, and we have free events and activities taking place throughout the rest of the project. If you’d like to take part, become a research volunteer or come along to an event, visit our project site for further information.


Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund

Dr Blighty – Brighton activities

Strike a Light has just finished the schools and activity delivery of the Dr Blighty project for Nutkhut after a hectic six weeks in Brighton and Hove! Last we we rounded things up with a trip to the Royal Pavilion with curator Kevin Bacon who gave the Brighton and Hove Home Education Group pupils a talk about Indian Soldiers in the city during World War I.

Following this, we ran a day of creative activities along the theme of Dr Blighty at Jubilee Library which was a drop in for families and children. We hung up saris, played Diwali and Bollywood music and had help from two artists who worked with participants to create Rangoli mandalas, Indian posters and Kandil lanterns. We had 75 children in sessions, so it was a hectic but lovely day.

We are now concentrating on creating a Key Stage 2 and 3 Education Pack about the theme and which once it’s completed in January 2017, will then go out to all city schools for use in the future and promote the BME history of WWI in the city.

You can see some of the event images below.

Graphic Brighton – graphic novel event

University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities present the third annual Graphic Brighton symposium with its 2016 theme of Conflict and Resolution, to connect with the Great War Centenary.

The symposium is aimed at scholars, creators, publishers and readers of sequential narratives, and follows successful conferences in 2014 and 2015, which featured such guests as Hannah Berry, John Higgins, Karrie Fransman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, Chris Riddell and Emma Vieceli, discussing their work. This year’s conference dates are 9th and 10th December 2016.

For Graphic Brighton 2016, in addition to a practitioner based day, we are introducing an academic strand and welcome papers in response, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • The cultural memory of British War Comics such as Battle Action Weekly
  • Graphic Journalism in the work of Joe Sacco and Emmanuel Gilbert
  • Underrepresented stories of war such as the suffrage movement and conscientious objectors
  • Historical and contemporary global conflicts
  • Audience reception and expectation of war comics
  • The wartime memoir practiced by Art Spiegelman and Raymond Briggs
  • Beyond the front line – the impact of war on everyday lives in graphic novels by Barbara Yelin and Marjane Satrapi
  • Dramatising historical research in the work of Bryan and Mary Talbot
  • Comics propaganda from 1940s war bond advertising to the present day
  • Superhero publishers’ responses to war, such as Marvel’s The ‘Nam
  • Gender representation and conflict
  • War and exploitation in the pages of EC Comics

Keynote speakers include: Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Kate Evans, Featured creators include Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, with more guests TBC.

The tickets page for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now live! To chose from various options, please visit the University of Brighton Online Store at shop.brighton.ac.uk The programme includes Academic presentations on Friday 9th December with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les […]

via Tickets page now live — Graphic Brighton

Free Diwali events – Black History Month Family Day Celebration


Sunday 30th October 10am-5pm 

We’ll be delivering free drop in Diwali themed activities for Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project at this family day at the Brighton Dome on Sunday 30th October. A free all day, family celebration, taking place in Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.

Join in this annual all-day celebration of local arts and heritage. With a multitude of free children’s activities including face painting, an all- day crafts area and story-telling by Banyan Tree Theatre Group.

Enjoy pop up singing and talks, a Zumba workshop & an opening ceremony drumming procession. Plus music from African Night Fever DJ & DJ Task.

Have your head wrapped in the latest styles, design and print and own your own tote bag, then learn to dance Azonto – and of course, don’t leave without tasting something delicious from the food stalls from Africa and Asia.

Part of the weekend-long programme Africa Arts Festival at Brighton Museum.

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Free Half Term Diwali Celebration – Brighton & Hove

dr-blighty-poster-for-eventsJoin Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in the market square at Brighton’s Open Market –  Free Half Term Diwali Celebrations this October (part of Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project).

Drop in activities, no need to book!

10am-4pm Friday 28th October

Come along and join in the Diwali festival of light celebration fun over Brighton and Hove half term week with free workshops – artists, food, Kathak and Bollywood dance and more.

Diwali is a Hindu festival with lights, held in the period from October to November.

It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India.

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Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:

* Make colourful Kandil lanterns
* Make clay diya lights
* Create Diwali character puppets
* Listen to Indian music
* Watch a Bollywood Dance display:11.30pm, 12.30pm and 2pm
* Join a Indian Kathak dance workshop at 10.45am and 3.15pm with Eve Zandi
* Watch a Kathak dance performance 2.30pm

 

Other activities include :

Priya Henna tattoos stall
Firefly face painting
Indian Food stall
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards

https://strikealight.org/2016/10/05/free-half-term-diwali-event-day/

Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.strikealight.org) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.

 

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Free Dr Blighty Schools workshops and events

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running a series of free educational workshops in Brighton and Hove as part of the Dr Blighty project in October and November 2016.

We are currently scheduling our activities and a variety of workshops for both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the city, as well as a variety of free outings too. We can currently offer the following activities, and are happy to come to your school more than once for a different workshop too if you would prefer.

Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.strikealight.org) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut for the duration of the project.

Activities booking form here:
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Schools information here:
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If your school or educational provider would be interested in accessing free activities do please contact us: strikealight@rocketmail.comWorkshops offered:

Key Stage 2:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI

Key Stage 3:

Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Soldier biographies  – WWI

Dr Blighty Free Outings:

Free Half Term Diwali event day – 10am-4pm Friday 28th October, Open Market, Brighton – Come along and make Diwali lanterns, clay diya lights, listen to Indian music, have henna tatoos, and more (age 5 upwards)

Outings to Royal Pavilion, and Indian Soldiers exhibition, Brighton – Week days in November, dates to suit schools 1-1.5 hours duration (or with added talk for longer session) (Key stage 2 and 3)

The Battle of the Somme film showing – Tuesday 8th November 10.30-12.30pm (ages 12 upwards)

Testament of Youth Film Showing – 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd November at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. (ages 11 upwards).

This is a special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth, a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain. The screening will also host a speaker to give historical context, as well as free popcorn and drinks for viewers.

This screening is aimed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Brighton and Hove at Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms, Colleges and also alternative educational groups, such as Home Education Networks. Ages 11 upwards.

To book a class on this event, find out more here: http://bit.ly/2codJzN

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Conversation Cafe – September

QS_Twitter Header.pngThis session will host visitors from the WWI themed Brighton’s Graphic War book project from QueenSpark Books, and a look at an earlier book Brighton the Graphic Novel on e-readers.

We’ll be meeting at the slightly later time this month on Wednesday 14th September of 3-5pm at Fabrica gallery, so that those who would like to can attend a related free WWI walking tour of the North Laine part of Brighton at 6pm departing from the gallery with the historian Dr Geoffrey Mead. See details here.

We are looking forward to welcoming writer Tim Pilcher and artist Paul Collicutt, to discuss their involvement in QueenSpark Books’ new World War One themed graphic novel project Brighton’s Graphic War.

9780230772830Love Letters of the Great War.jpgWe will also be reviewing the novel The Suicide Club which we’re finishing, and picking up our new and final WWI era book Love Letters of the Great War, which is kindly on loan from the Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for the project.

Many of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; and a number share sweet dreams of home.

But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war.

This event is part of the The Boys on the Plaque project: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

https://strikealight.org/…/the-boys-on-…/conversation-cafes/

Free events in Brighton this week from Strike a Light

Free Heritage Open Days events – Brighton & Hove
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September

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Keep the Home Fires Burning event –
Heritage Open Days (Free)

Thursday 8th September 1-4pm (Drop in): 

A creatively curated drop-in daytime event, with free workshops, exhibitions, talks, and cafe.

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We’ll be hosting songstrels The Close Shaves, creative workshops from artist Fiona Edwards, tea and cakes, WWI era bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion, exhibitions from Gateways to the First World War on cinema and theatre, and also from Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

The event taking place is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits.

Book your free place here 


WWI Walking Tour – Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.

 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.

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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.


The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

FREE Exhibition and Drop in at Strike a Light, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Strike a Light showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its subsequent impact on Brighton.

In partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service.

These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Blighty – Conversation Cafe

DomeOrganised by Nicola Benge of Strike a Light, Jo Palache from Brighton Museum came to give a talk to to Conversation Cafe group (part of The Boys on the Plaque) project about Indian Soldiers in Brighton in World War I, and to share learning on this topic for the Dr Blighty project.

This project from Nutkhut, part of this year’s Brighton Festival, was an HLF funded series of activities commemorating the contribution of Indian Soldiers in the Great War as well as the Brighton connection to this part of the Commonwealth.

Thanks to Jo Palache for coming to speak to the group.

 

Dr Blighty event at Jubilee Library

IMG_2859 (2)Strike a Light in partnership with Nutkhut and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service hosted a lunchtime event today at Jubilee Library.

We were pleased to invite Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut and author Umi Sinha to discuss the Dr Blighty project currently taking place in the city during Brighton Festival, alongside the novel Belonging, both of which explore the theme of Indian Soldiers in Brighton during WWI and colonialism during that time and beyond. It was an interesting and rich experience with in-depth historical information and thoughts on this period of Britain and India’s past.

We had a full house, followed up the event with an audience Q+A and followed this with chai from the library cafe and a book signing!

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