23 May 2013

City celebrates its People's Day Power

Brighton & Hove’s annual one day free festival People’s Day, (www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/peoplesday), is taking place in the heart of the cultural quarter on 15 June 2013 from 11am to 5pm.  Designed to celebrate the diverse communities that make up the city’s population and define its inclusive nature, the event will have activities and entertainment for all age groups. 

Set on New Road, Jubilee Street, Jubilee Square, Church Street and within the Corn Exchange, City College and the Brighthelm Centre - the programme will feature live music, dance, sport, fashion, health, wellbeing and crafts and have an array of global food stalls.  Community groups and volunteers taking part include Gay Elderly Men's Society (GEMS), local female acapella choir, We-Bop, Healthwatch Brighton & Hove, and the Silver Sounds Samba Band.

People’s Day is one of several events taking place in the city over the same weekend which the council is supporting. The Eco Technology Show, (www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk), at the Brighton Centre from 14 – 15 June will serve as the Eco Zone for People’s Day and showcase low carbon products and services, self-build and renovation, transport and technology.  Attendees will be able to choose from 60 workshops and talks covering commercial property, renewable energy, the Green Deal, domestic energy and efficiency and retrofits, plus smarter transport and waste.

The Eco Open Houses event, (www.ecoopenhouses.org), which allows the public free access into eco homes over two weekends - 15-16 and 21-22 June – will give an insight into what measures installed in the home could help save energy and money on energy bills.  And Brighton Fashion Week, (www.brightonfashionweek.com), from 13-16 June, will showcase local designers’ creations with a myriad of themes, from sustainable fashion to wickedly wild costume, in a series of fashion shows at St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton.

Council leader, Jason Kitcat, says: “Our city has a diverse mix of communities and our free-thinking attitude and spirit is something to celebrate. 

“Last year’s People’s Day was a great success and we’re hoping to get even more people to join in and enjoy the great array of food and entertainment on offer. The fact that there are so many other events taking place over the same weekend is not untypical for Brighton but gives even more of an incentive to get out and about and be reminded of why the city is such an interesting and inspiring place to be.”

Nicola Gunstone, commercial director at The Eco Technology Show adds: “This year’s first Eco Technology Show Fringe will see the show expand right across Brighton and Hove, presenting even more eco experiences to our visitors.  Whether it’s meeting local eco community groups at People’s Day, watching models wearing sustainable materials strut the catwalk at Brighton Fashion Week or touring an eco house for some at home inspiration, this is set to be the largest eco event ever staged in the south east.” 


People’s Day 2013 is funded by the council and supported by partners including: Guide2Brighton.com, Micarmo, Joogleberry Acts, Vision Brothers Productions Ltd

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