Cultural workers from across the city are coming together to support the recovery of the sector and its immediate supply chain.
They are being invited to take part in a short-term project to re-imagine the art and culture of the city post-lockdown and collaborate on an action plan.
Brighton & Hove’s live events and linked services account for 40% of its economy. They had to shut down completely in March when lockdown started and many freelancers lost all of their work overnight.
Since then many of them have met virtually to collaborate with and support each other, using Brighton & Hove’s world-famous creative vibe to find other ways to keep the city engaged, entertained and provide work for people in the industry.
Highlights have included:
- Brighton Festival at Home
- Brighton Pride online – We are Fabuloso
- Big BrightONline Weekender
- We stream Brighton
- Brighton Dome Livestream
- The Warren outdoor season of socially-distanced theatre and comedy
Three organisations – Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission, What Next Brighton & Hove and EPIC – are leading the project, with the support of the council.
They are currently recruiting people to take part in a series of conversations to be held from the end of this month through September.
More information about how to apply by the deadline of 9am, Friday, 14 August.
Together the participants will create an action plan for the collective way forward in October.
Councillor Steph Powell, joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee, said: “Brighton & Hove is well-known for its vibrant arts and culture and the creative talent of the people involved.
“I’m really excited to see an action plan that will reflect the diversity of people who are part of the whole cultural scene locally and the new experiences they have encountered during the pandemic. This collaboration will place the city in a strong position as funds become available nationally and set us on a positive path to recovery.”