From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project
Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival want to record your memorable stories as part of a new heritage project, I Was There to capture our history for future generations.
Delivering the project is Sussex-based organisation, Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, who will be training a team of volunteers to conduct oral history interviews with participants.
The interviews and collection of memorabilia will be archived for future generations, and selected stories will be presented in an online exhibition and feature in a public programme of tours and talks at Brighton Dome.
Kate Richardson, Participatory Interpretation Manager, Brighton Dome said:
“We’d love to hear people’s unique recollections or from anyone who has a special connection to Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival – whether it was 50 years ago or more recently. We’re keen to speak to audience members recounting how they felt about seeing their favourite artist or witnessing a sporting event; performers and participants who took part in a show, as well as former employees who can tell us what it was like working behind the scenes.”
Since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, Brighton Dome’s three stages have seen a dazzling array of illustrious artists and musical icons such as Patti Smith, Beyoncé, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, as well as hosting tea dances, wrestling matches and graduation ceremonies. And since 1967, Brighton Festival has brought thousands of international artists to the city with Guest Directors including Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest.
The interviews will take place between February and July 2020 and will be conducted by trained oral historians.
A member of our interview team will be in touch to organise where and when the recording should take place, at a time and place convenient to you.
Each interview will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
The recordings and edited transcripts will be archived.
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will have the rights to use archived material as a resource.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting the oral history project as part of their contribution towards the refurbishment of Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.
If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to be working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to deliver a new project starting in January 2020 to capture memories of events, performance and shows at Brighton Dome over the years.
Graduations, tea dances, roller derbies, pop icons, Suffragette protests, cutting-edge art, silent discos, hairdressing championships, tear-jerking theatre, fierce debates and Eurovision winners. We’ve seen it all.
‘And since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago,
our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors – from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.’
As a volunteer, you will plan and hold interviews to creatively re-tell moving memories from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival visitors.
This work will end up being part of an exciting story-telling project
about one of the most vital arts centres in heart of Brighton & Hove,
and the memories collected will be shared with generations to come.
• receive all training and equipment will be provided
• receive expenses
• need to be aged 18+
• need to commit to the project until July 2020
• need to attend a two hour research session once a month
• need to attend one day training sessions on 25th January 2020
and another date in April.
Pics just in from our fab Knees up for Nepal fundraiser on Friday 19th June!
What a great night -Thanks to everyone who came and partied, but especially to all the wonderful bands – Gyratory Allstars, Oscillator and Fat 45, compere with the mostess Jonny Fluffypunk, Kuru from the Brighton and Susex Nepal Society,DJs, photographer Fran Moore and our volunteer support team who made it all possible by giving their time for free. We’d like to give a big hand for all their support. And to The Latest Music Bar for the use of their venue for the night.
We raised a whopping £903.43 for Nepal Earthquake support with the Disasters Emergency Committee.
On Saturday 25 April a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.Already over 8000 people have been confirmed dead and the figure is likely to rise significantly in the coming days. Even those whose homes are still standing are sleeping in the streets because they are terrified by regular aftershocks.
DEC member agencies and their partners are working urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets. Once immediate, life-saving needs are met they will work with individuals, families and communities to support them to rebuild their lives.
Our Knees up for Nepal benefit gig at The Latest Music Bar tomorrow has been profiled in Brighton Source Magazine.
Advance tickets are available here. Limited tickets available on the door.
Fab Fundraiser Friday!
We all love an occasion to party, especially when it’s for a good cause. Strike A Light are hosting just the night for us at The Latest Music Bar. Knees Up For Nepal is a night of music, comedy and DJ sets raising funds for the 8m people affected by the recent Nepal earthquakes.
We’ll experience an exhilarating night of live music from soul and funk originals Gyratory Allstars, ska-hugging beat poets Oscillator and the exciting eleven piece big band Fat 45. We’ll also hear from representatives of the Brighton & Sussex Nepalese Society, and our debonair compere for the evening will be stand-up poet and storyteller Jonny Fluffypunk. If that’s not enough, Oscillator DJs and Greekboy will be spinning tunes to keep us dancing into the early hours.
All proceeds from the night will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee for their work in the region. For further information visit the Strike A Light website. Knees Up For Nepal, The Latest Music Bar, Friday 19th June 2015
Strike a Light is happy to confirm that Oscillator DJs will be playing a back to back jump up DJ set for our Knees up for Nepal gig on Friday 19th June. Greekboy will also be spinning top tunes to make you groove late into the night. All this and three bands too!
Check out our event film here: https://vimeo.com/127500967
You can buy advance tickets for Friday 19th June’s Knees up for Nepal benefit gig through The Latest music bar booking line: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319606
A short promo film to highlight the Nepalese earthquake and promote the Knees up for Nepal fundraising gig at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June. The interview is with two Nepalese members of the Sussex Nepalese Society and features music from bands Oscillator and Fat 45 who will be performing on the night, alongside The Gyratory Allstars.
The event will help support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee in the region.
Thanks to filmmaker Si Mitchell for donating his time. Si Mitchell is an award winning print journalist and founder member of the Guerillavision Collective, Si’s first documentary (Big Rattle in Seattle), shot among the teargas, blood and the tears of the 1999 Seattle barricade of the WTO was selected to open the San Francisco Doc Festival in 2000 and was broadcast worldwide.
A blistering eleven piece big band bringing back the dance music of the 1940’& 50’s with their slick quiffs, sharp suits, swingin hips & high heels.
Crowned by the rich soulful voice of Dale de Ville, the Fat 45 play rock & roll, rhythm & blues and jump jive, setting the dance floors alight wherever they go, guaranteed to make every party shake, rattle & roll…
The organisation Strike a Light is organising a benefit gig to help support Nepal earthquake victims.
The event will be a jam-packed night of live music, comedy, cabaret, comperes and a DJ set, all taking place at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Friday 19th June 7.30pm-2am. Save the date!
Bands, performers, organisers and venue are volunteering their time to perform at this event, to help fundraise to support all those affected in the earthquake in Nepal. Arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light will donate all funds from the evening to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Music will be provided by three well known bands, who live and work locally, and who have agreed to do guest slots at the venue to support the fundraiser. Other acts will be a compere, comedy and cabaret, topped off with a DJ set to keep you dancing into the night!
More details of these will follow soon, so keep an eye on this page for regular updates!
“Donations will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee to help provide shelter for the homeless and food water and essential items to those who have lost everything.”
Advance tickets for this will be available direct from The Latest Music Bar on 14-17, Manchester Street, Brighton BN2 1TF (or will be later this week – so keep an eye out).
There will also be tickets available on the door on the night on a first come-first served basis. £10 (£8 conc).
For more information, or if you’re interested in helping out on the night, please contact email@example.com
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is a community interest company. We focus on exploring life stories and history through creative projects.