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Halloween

Halloween event

Thanks to everyone who came to the free Balcony Studios and Brighton Open Market Halloween event in October. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Thanks to Brighton and Hove City Council for funding this.

100 Years of Council Housing


The Housing Act 1919, more commonly known as the Addison Act after then-minister for health and housing Lord Christopher Addison, paved the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years. It is credited with establishing the principle of large-scale, state-funded provision of council housing at low rents.

We are pleased to be delivering a project to celebrate a centenary of council housing in Brighton and Hove for Brighton and Hove City Council.

“Brighton Corporation had begun slum clearance efforts back in the 1890s and even built a small number of homes to rehouse – though at rents they couldn’t pay – some of those displaced.   In 1919 much remained to be done; the local Medical Officer of Health estimated 3152 new houses were needed to ensure a decent home for all.”

This project will explore and commemorate this for the anniversary, and to celebrate the fact that the council is now building homes once more.

We will share more about this project in due course, but there will be activities and celebrations coming up!

Today! Free Half term Halloween events at Brighton Open Market

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

31st October 2019 1-4pm

Where: Brighton Open Market and the Balcony Studios, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN2 4GU

What: A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes.  

The Balcony Studios at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Arlo’s Cabin, Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, badge making and spooky photography.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary . We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

*       SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place

*       Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place

*       TRICK OR TREATING with market traders

*       WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at:Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

Half term Halloween events at Brighton Open Market

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

31st October 2019 1-4pm

Where: Brighton Open Market and the Balcony Studios, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN2 4GU

What: A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes.  

The Balcony Studios at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Arlo’s Cabin, Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, badge making and spooky photography.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary . We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

*       SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place

*       Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place

*       TRICK OR TREATING with market traders

*       WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at:Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market – 31st October 1-4pm

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

31st October 2019 1-4pm

Where: Brighton Open Market and the Balcony Studios, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN2 4GU

What: A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes.  

The Balcony Studios at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Arlo’s Cabin, Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, badge making and spooky photography.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary . We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

*       SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place

*       Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place

*       TRICK OR TREATING with market traders

*       WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at:Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market – Free families event

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

31st October 2019 1-4pm

Where: Brighton Open Market and the Balcony Studios, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN2 4GU

What: A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes.  

The Balcony Studios at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Arlo’s Cabin, Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, badge making and spooky photography.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary . We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

*       SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place

*       Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place

*       TRICK OR TREATING with market traders

*       WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at:Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market – Free families event

Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

31st October 2019 1-4pm

Where: Brighton Open Market and the Balcony Studios, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN2 4GU

What: A free afternoon of trick or treating, wicked creative workshops, spooky storytelling, music and awards for the best costumes.  

The Balcony Studios at Brighton Open Market present a free drop in Halloween half term family event on Thursday October 31st from 1-4pm.

We welcome children aged 11 and under, and their adults to come and take part in a variety of workshops at the Balcony studios, upstairs at Brighton Open Market, as well as spooky storytelling, and trick or treating in the market place.

Visit the Balcony studios (Arlo’s Cabin, Quiet Down There, Sew Fabulous, and Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage) for free workshops on bat making, Hijack Halloween crafts, Halloween window transfers, badge making and spooky photography.

Local arts organisation Same Sky will mount a creative installation in the market place to create an All Hallows Eve vibe, along with a jam packed afternoon of half term family fun including storytelling, trick or treating (bring a bag!) and music.

We’ll be working with traders, artists and other organisations to create an inclusive and lively event attracting existing and new customers and participants.

In addition to Halloween, this live event will also form part of the Open Market’s 100 year anniversary . We will be launching our new open market zine at this event to help share and promote our work. Come and help celebrate the centenary of this landmark site!

Join us for:

*       SPOOKY STORYTELLING in the market place

*       Awards FOR BEST Costumes in the market place

*       TRICK OR TREATING with market traders

*       WICKED CREATIVE WORKSHOPS. Arts and crafts in the studios

Happy Halloween at the Open Market!

Anyone interested in participating should visit the Facebook event at:Happy Halloween at Brighton Open Market

Silver Foxes group

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running free drop-in sessions with Silver Foxes group until the end of July before we break for the summer.

The group is based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone city wide over 60 years of age.

The group meets every Tuesday each week from 11-12pm.

We are exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

https://strikealight.org/projects/current-projects/silver-foxes-group-starts/

Wild at Heart project

We have received  funding from The Homity Trust towards a new project called ‘Wild at Heart’. This project is a partnership between Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, the Low Carbon Trust based at Brighton’s Earthship, and the Restorative Justice Department of Children’s Services, in Brighton & Hove City Council.
Our project will deliver a series of planned activities to take place at the Earthship based in Stanmer Park Brighton (The Earthship  was built as a community centre for use by Stanmer Organics, a Soil Association accredited site in Brighton) to deliver training and skills around the environment and local plant life and planting with a group of dedicated young probationers with community service hours to invest in supported learning.
The participants will engage with activities with various groups based at Stammer Organics (next to the Earthship) including the Permaculture Association Plot and Green Woodworking.
With this project, Strike a Light plans to support the community to:

  • Transform a local area
  • Create ownership for service users and the local community
  • Improve local community relations
  • Revitalise the area
  • Pass on creative skills and education
  • Encourage environmental awareness

Between January  and April 2018, this will involve the delivery of a mosaic mural to be situated on the front of the Earthship which will be designed and created through training and workshops with probationers, Probation staff, Low Carbon Trust members, and volunteers. The mosaic would showcase local flora and fauna and be the first sight as visitors enter the Earthship area in Stanmer Park.
We will run 12 weekly sessions at the venue in the park to support this restorative justice, as well as self-managed learning with the young people attending the activities.
We will provide guidance and support for both the Restorative Justice Team, and the participants to learn about local flora and fauna, offer ornithological talks by the South Downs National Park Authority, (also based at Stanmer Park), increase understanding of the heritage of the area, explore the principles of permaculture, and create a beautiful mural which will remain in the location as a testament to this project, and be enjoyed by all visitors to the area into the future.
A key tranche of this scheme will be training ten young offenders, as well as Children’s Service coordinators and Low Carbon Trust Directors and volunteers to learn about the medium of mosaic with the end result being a the participatory creation and installation of community focussed bespoke mosaic mural. This will be sited on the font of the Earthship building on a long term basis to promote sustainable ideals and environmental awareness, including the venue being part of the South Downs National Park.
These activity and learning sessions sessions will be facilitated by a creative practitioner and supported by the Restorative Justice Team who would be responsible for the subsequent health and safety and supervising behaviour.
The participants’ ages range from 10 – 18 years old, with the majority of these being between 13-18 years old. The young offenders are a mix of male and female, however the client base is predominately male. All of the young people live in the Brighton and Hove area and in a mix of in school, college, some form of education, employment or NEET (not in education, employment or training). They include looked after children, as well as those living with parents.
This venue was the first Earthship to be built in England. Earthship Brighton is an off-grid building that heats, cools, powers itself from the sunharvests its water from the sky and treats its wastewater onsite using plants. The venue’s focus has been spreading a positive message of climate change education and helping people to modify their behaviour to live with a lighter carbon footprint through the training and events it offers.
The aims of the Earthship Brighton since it was built 20 years ago, has been deliver a sustainable community centre in response to a genuine local need, change values in the construction industry and inspire positive action in individuals to generate environmental change through modifying people’s behaviour to less carbon intensive lifestyles. This resonates soundly with our project aims to engage with disaffected young people and support their understanding for community involvement and development to the point where they are engaged in a way that means they would be less likely to re-offend.
This project offers a new opportunity for engagement, lifelong learning and enjoyment, whilst offering participants, volunteers and staff the facility to support youth involvement and gain relevant sills themselves. This project will also allow volunteers to contribute their own ideas to the project in the form of the final mural design.
Outcomes from this project will be:

  • The youth offending community to feel a proud sense of ownership within their locality
  • Improving lock spaces that require renovation
  • Creating a locally based project combining creative arts and environmental themes.
  • A new bespoke mosaic mural supporting a colourful, safe community spaces

Trench Brothers concert – Wed 17th October, Brighton Dome

Trench Brothers

A new music theatre work commemorating in Brighton the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry.

Strike a Light has been part of the Trench Brothers project with HMDT Music and this great event is part of this on Wednesday 17th Oct at the Brighton Dome. There’s still tickets available here: https://brightondome.org/event/18306/trench_brothers/
Trench Brothers concert
Music: Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor

Libretto: Tertia Sefton-Green
Trench Brothers is a new music theatre work commemorating in Brighton the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry, bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.
Directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones to Neil Irish’s designs, it features over 250 children from local primary schools in Brighton, Newhaven, Lewes and Seaford alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist of the year and MOBO nominated Cleveland Watkiss and ‘superb’ (The Times) opera singer Damian Thantrey.
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Renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor are joined by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood and Omar Shahryar in a unique collaboration drawing together work developed with schools across London, Lancashire and the South East since 2014.This powerful centenary event is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war.

There will be a pre-performance talk about the creation of Trench Brothers with Julian Joseph, Richard Taylor and Tertia Sefton-Green. Tickets to the evening performance also give access to the pre-performance talk.

http://www.hmdt.org.uk/hmdtmusic/trenchbrothers/performance/

HMDT
Trench Brothers project in partnership with Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage