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News - 26 June 2010

White Night returs on 30th October

Brighton’s novel night time festival is back for a third year and hopes are running high for the biggest attendance yet.

White Night happens on October 30, when the clocks go back. Again organisers are promising a range of venues open through the night, art trails, installations and illuminations.

The festival is designed to reclaim the city’s streets at night, provide an alternative to the dominant Saturday night drinking scene and celebrate the dynamic cultural offer of the city day and night.

The organisers anticipate that around 30,000 people will attend. That would be an increase of 5,000 on last year an 20,000 on the year before.

The event will once again be twinned with a similar happening in France, Nuit Blanche in Amiens, on October 16. EU Interreg 4 Channel programme fundding has enabled the events to be

Organisers Brighton & Hove City Council and the local Arts Commission are calling for artists to literally link the two festivals, asking them to come forward with ideas for a key site-specific artistic commission for the events in both countries. The project, worth 7000 Euros could use sound, light or performance. More details are at

This year the theme is ‘Illumination’ - in the sense of learning and lighting. The city’s artists, curators, venues and programmers will play with different interpretations of the word. They aim to create a wide range of experiences and events for one night only and unique to Brighton & Hove.

Cabinet councillor for culture David Smith said: “White Night is getting a growing reputation as a unique and enjoyable festival for Brighton & Hove and is attractive to both residents and visitors. It is now an important aspect our award-winning management of the night time economy, which is having a civilising effect on the city centre. It should be an extraordinary night.”


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