The Big Culture Project: Postponed Until 2021
The Big Culture Project: The Curtain Will Rise Again!
The Big Culture Project is hugely disappointed to announce that it will be postponing its month-long festival of arts in Brighton until 2021.
Originally scheduled to take place at Black Rock later this month, in close consultation with the council as well as festival sponsors, partners and promoters, the organisers have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the celebration until spring next year.
[Co-founder] of The Big Culture Project, John Castrillon said:
“Due to the rapidly changing situation across the country and abroad with regard to COVID-19, there are restrictions being implemented over night. This is making scheduling for August extremely difficult with such a fast changing landscape. It has become clear to the team, sponsors, companies and performers that the best way we can support the arts and events industries, as well as being sure we can adhere to government ever changing guidance, is to come back even bigger and better next year.
The Big Culture Project is so grateful for the support it has received and remains committed to supporting the individuals and arts organisations that make this region great. Keep an eye on our social media for further announcements.”
Councillor Marianna Ebel, joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said:
“We have been very pleased to work with the Big Culture project in the last few weeks to try to ensure an open-air event can take place in the city to support the arts and culture industry locally.
“Sadly, it has not been possible for this event to move forward in August 2020. However, we will continue to work with the team to explore how the event can take place in coming weeks and months.
“We do need to make sure we deliver the Black Rock project urgently, so that events can take place there once the works are complete. We will also have a wider conversation in the city and amongst councillors to help shape the long-term future for this important seafront site.”
Promoters, Komedia said:
“Komedia is in full support of The Big Culture Project and its mission to provide a platform and funding to the local arts scene and independent venues like ourselves, who due to the corona crisis find their existence in grave jeopardy.”
Anyone who has supported the initiative’s Crowdfunder campaign will automatically be offered a refund. For those who are still keen to support the vision, donations will be used to put on the rescheduled event next year.
For more information please contact John Castrillon – 07749 310992
WHAT IS THE BIG CULTURE PROJECT AND WHY ARE WE DOING IT?
Brighton's live events, music, and arts culture is at risk of permanent closure. We need your help to bring back the Brighton we know and love. We are on a mission to save Brighton's live events and culture scene, ensuring it remains the vibrant, creative city that we are so proud to live in. But we need your help to bring Brighton back!
This is the project that is going to make sure the art, live music, theatre, and culture that you love are here to remain in Brighton. This is the project that is going to bring live art back to you - safely, locally, with all the joy you are looking for in an event extravaganza.
Please read on because we can't do it without you....
The Big Culture Project's ambition is to make sure the arts, live music, theatre, and culture are here to remain in Brighton. We are on a mission to raise £175,000 for our launch campaign to host a month-long festival of culture in 2021 at Black Rock. The socially distanced series of events will be a much-needed lifeline for local arts organisations that will not only bring you the joy you are so desperately missing, but will also allow local arts and events organisations the chance to recoup some of their financial losses. The event will employ 250 people adding a much-needed boost to Brighton's economy.
This crowdfunder will make sure your city remains the vibrant exciting one, that you know and love. Brighton’s back – back Brighton!
THE BIG CULTURE PROJECT PLAN
Having received the green light from the City Council and site operators, we’re reaching out to businesses, individuals, and local funders to get this project fully funded. £175,000 is our initial target and will allow us to launch a series of events, creating experiences and bringing back the live events and arts culture that we know and love. Any additional income raised will go directly to helping smaller companies and artists involved, who have suffered huge financial instability at this time to continue to put on their shows.
We will build a performance space at Black Rock with a 28 day and night program provided by music, comedy, dance, and theatre companies from across the South East and UK.
We aim to deliver a 600 capacity venue spread over 100 socially distanced tables of 2,4 and 6 for audience members to share the experience with loved ones. We have bike racks, food, and beverage table service in a safe and socially distanced venue.
Once we’ve raised the funds necessary to create this vital space for the arts, it will run much like the festivals you know and love, with tickets, shows, food, drinks, and vitally- a carefully thought out social distancing plan aimed at to allow you full enjoyment, safely.
HOW DOES IT SUPPORT THE ARTS? 100% NOT FOR PROFIT
The project is 100% not for profit and will give vital and immediate financial support to the arts and the events industry in the Brighton region. 70% of the net ticket revenue will go directly to the relevant promoters, artists and venues hosting each show. The remaining 30% ticket revenue will support the project running costs with any profits at the end being distributed between the relevant local venues and charities.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
As a city, we are home to hundreds of events- spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital, community, and participatory events. The arts and events industry make Brighton a vibrant and exciting place to live, work in, and visit. We are proud to be residents here!
The lockdown measures that came into effect late March 2020 forced the arts, events, and hospitality industry- which employs thousands of local people and brings millions of pounds in annual revenue to the city, to close its doors to the public indefinitely..
As lockdown measures ease, many are struggling to recover, or may never recover from the financial losses brought on by the extended period of closure. While restaurants and pubs have been allowed to reopen, the performing arts continues to operate in a climate of uncertainty, with a return to normal nowhere in sight. We are facing mass loss of jobs across the arts and events industries.
WHO IS BEHIND THE BIG CULTURE PROJECT?
We are 90 events organisers, artists, promoters, contractors, and suppliers who have come together during these unprecedented times to ensure a future where artistic businesses and events thrive again. As a consortium, we have a wealth of experience and equipment to run this project.
With big names such as Brighton Festival, Brighton Dome, C3, Whisky Bravo, Hybred and many more - this is one of the biggest collaborative arts events that Brighton has ever seen. A true testament to the people of the city.
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