New arts festival to showcase ‘Hove Grown’ talent

Alice Blezard December 8, 2015

ZLS and Sweet Venues are organising a new performing arts festival for writers and performers in the city of Brighton & Hove.

Home Grown(Brighton &) Hove Grown will showcase local talent, with performers and writers from the area now being encouraged to register and declare their interest in taking part.

The festival, billed as a multi-arts celebration of the creative community, will cover theatre, comedy, improv, spoken word, cabaret as well as family-friendly shows.

Three venues have been confirmed so far for the event, which will take place between Friday 18th and Sunday 27th March. The Dukebox Theatre, the Brunswick pub and Artista Studio.

The festival is a joint venture between Sweet Venues, and social enterprise theatre company ZLS Theatre. The festival aims to showcase the work of local writers and performers while also increasing the awareness of venues in the Western Road area of Brighton & Hove.

(Brighton &) Hove Grown also aims to encourage the to take a look at local talent, ahead of the annual Brighton Fringe Festival.

Guy Wah, Artistic Director and founder of ZLS Theatre, said: “Brighton & Hove has a wealth of creative talent, and now we have an outlet designed to celebrate that. This is a great opportunity to see new work in some wonderful venues that don’t always receive the attention that they deserve.”

Sweet Venues manage the Dukebox Theatre in Brighton, which won best venue at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013.

JD Henshaw, Artistic Director of Sweet Venues, added: “That we can build a festival that focuses solely on new work across multiple genres is a testament to the quantity of highly creative people living and working in our city, as well as the large number of exciting and supportive venues in and around the Western Road area of Hove.  We are committed to presenting this festival for the next three years and believe that it will become a fixture in the Brighton & Hove festival calendar, one that we can carry on far beyond our initial three year plan.”

Registration opens this weekend.

Performers and writers wanting to register, click here: