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News - 8 February 2006
Brighton to host Opera on the beach
A beach opera is among one of the major outdoor events planned for the coming year's festivities in Brighton & Hove. An opera company will perform a live version of either a Puccini or a Verdi opera in a marquee on Brunswick Lawns opposite Adelaide Crescent. It is part of a range of events for 2006 recently given the go-ahead by the city council.
The Opera will take place in May though it is not officially part of the Brighton Festival. Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said, “The outdoor events programme provides lots of events, many of them free, for visitor and residents to enjoy. Big events help boost the city’s tourist trade, meaning more money for hotels, restaurants, bars, and taxi drivers amongst others. We are lucky enough to have lots of regular large events, but the opera is a new one and we are very happy to welcome it to the city. “
The Opera represents an opportunity for businesses to focus on an influx of new visitors including many first timers to Brighton and perhaps many that have been giving Brighton a wide berth in recent years as youth culture has dominated the local scene.
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