We did it
On 13th September 2016 we successfully raised £5,030 with 79 supporters in 49 days

Gaia is a multimedia arts project involving performers from across the community, as part of Brighton Early Music Festival 2016.

by BREMF in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

This is a hugely ambitious project, and whilst the crowdfunding appeal will enable us to go ahead, if we are successful in raising an additional £1000 we will be able to afford additional marketing resources to ensure that as many people as possible know about this exciting event.


What is the Gaia project?
Gaia is a modern take on the intermedi of the 16th century.  Intermedi were major music and drama spectacular shows with special theatrical machinery effects, the most famous of which wowed the Medici court in 1589 as part of the most expensive wedding celebrations of all time!

We’re bringing together music and drama from the 16th and 17th centuries with a very 21st century alternative to the impressive stage machinery of the original intermedi.  Instead of planets and stars operated by pulleys we’re using film, projections, lighting effects, mime, yoga and dance to tell the story of our Earth and how humans have perceived it through the ages.

The music includes extracts from Antoine Brumel’s earth-shattering ‘Earthquake’ Mass and from Monteverdi’s Orfeo to beautiful pastoral madrigals and motets celebrating the Queen of Heaven.

“BREMF is doing a great job in promoting accessible and generally affordable cultural events” - Audience member

Why is it important?
The particularly exciting thing about Gaia is that as well as professional performers such as the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble it also involves local singers from the BREMF Consort of Voices and the BREMF Community Choir.  The Community Choir is a vibrant, non-auditioned choir in the best traditional of community music-making, which specialises in the wealth of beautiful music written before 1800.

It would be very easy to programme a festival full of ‘off the peg’ programmes from established artists, but BREMF has always taken a lead in devising and commissioning our own projects which give us more leeway to feature a wide range of performers.

And commissioning our own projects costs money….

Make it happen
Gaia is an ambitious project, which will increase the festival’s budget for 2016.  As a small charity which has to start each year’s fundraising from scratch in an increasingly difficult financial climate, we need to attract support from a variety of sources in order to be successful.  While funding from trusts and the Arts Council plays a part in underpinning the festival, it is our grass-roots support and embedding in the local community which makes BREMF truly unique.  And what better way to show this uniqueness than through a community-funded community project!

We are thrilled that a group of generous donors have promised us £5,000 if BREMF can raise a further £5,000 through our Gaia Appeal by 12th September 2016.

“It's the extras that make BREMF concerts special: innovative ideas for spectacles which enhance the musical experience, whether through costume, cabaret settings or dance - most wonderfully, aerial dance!” - Audience member

Find out more about the Gaia performances on 12th November here

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

The language of birds: a thank you tweet from BREMF's Artistic Directors!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Lava flow: the warm glow of knowing that you are helping enable an exciting project - and a thank you tweet too.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A tweet from nature: we'll send you the song of a blackbird as an mp3 file, as well as a thank you tweet on social media.

£25 or more

12 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

Image of Gaia: a digital picture of the earth direct to your inbox, virtually 'signed' by BREMF's Artistic Directors.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Salt of the earth: underpin our success with a single Friends membership which gives you priority booking, free programmes and Friends reception during the Festival.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Salt of the earth (for two): a joint Friends membership which gives you and a partner priority booking, free programmes and Friends reception during the Festival.

£60 or more

3 of 50 claimed

£60 Reward

A trip to the centre of the galaxy: a virtual journey through the universe via carefully chosen images set to music from Gaia. Emailed as an exclusive link. Explore the endless dimensions of nature's own geometry.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A thousand blossoms (single supporter membership): help us to bloom, and get a sneak preview at our Gaia technical rehearsal; plus ringside seat reservations for all Festival events and limited ticket discounts on other Festival events.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A thousand blossoms (joint supporter membership): help us to bloom, and get a sneak preview at our technical rehearsal; plus ringside seat reservations for all Festival events and limited ticket discounts on other Festival events.

£150 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

Bubbles of the universe: a glass of prosecco with Deborah Roberts, the brains behind Gaia, between the two shows on 12th November.

£300 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£300 Reward

A memento of Gaia: a specially edited short video with some of the footage used in the show, and your name printed in the Gaia programme as a supporter.

£500 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Take to the skies: join the Artistic Directors' Circle for very special opportunities to meet the Artistic Directors and learn about BREMF's plans before anyone else. Other benefits include invitations to the Gaia technical rehearsal; your name printed in the festival programmes; and two exclusive receptions during the 2016 festival with a chance to chat to festival artists.

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