B.fest Launch Day Events
Saturday 23rd October from 4-9pm
B.fest launches a week of gigs, exhibitions, dance, comedy, skate and much more. B.fest is run by young people and this launch event will give you a taste of what the festival has in store. Jam packed with outstanding music, dance, workshops and tasters, come and join the party!
Everyone is welcome – Book your free launch ticket here
Some specific activities happening at the launch require separate booking, scroll down to see these.
Cultureground Private View
4pm-6pm / Drop in
Come and celebrate and ‘Meet the Artists’ at the the opening of Cultureground Art Exhibition with workshops and music.
Stick and Badge Jam
4pm-9pm / Drop in
Retro & beyond…Make your own personalised badges and stickers! Bring your favourite designs and logos, or make them here, to create customised accessories at this one stop promo drop-in.
4pm-7pm / Drop in
Try your hand at DJing with DJ Lady E.
Hidden Paths – Virtual Reality Experience
4pm-9pm / Drop in
Come and explore pathways into better futures! Hidden Paths is an outstanding immersive Virtual Reality experience: Guided through a virtual Museum of Futures, you can explore how brighter, fairer, and greener futures might unfold…Created with young artists from the Brighton System Change Hive project, Hidden Paths invites you to drop into a whole new world and have your say about ‘system change’ – how would you like to see life and society change for the better?
Skate Park Open Session
4pm-8pm / Pay on the door
The skatepark is open for all ages, and FREE for ages 13-19yrs. Skateboards and protective equipment available to use. Featuring DJ sets live in the park from Josh Tarzi and OFFTHECUFF between 4 & 6.
Spray Paint Workshop
4pm-5pm & 5pm-6pm / Sign up
Be part of creating a grafetti mural: spray painted wall art with local street artist, Sinna One. Get to paint BIG on the side of BYC. Have a crack at some stencil art.
Limited spaces – Complete sign up to get involved for free!
Our Piece of Brighton: Making It Out Art Workshop
4pm-7pm / Drop in
The ‘Our Piece of Brighton’ project is a collaborative artwork that will be designed and made by young people of Brighton & Hove. In Collaboration with SinnaOne, it will be a 3D ‘piece’ of graffiti, taking inspiration from the graffiti many varied murals, dubs and pieces seen around the city. Be part of creating this sculpture installation for the city.
Hip Hop Dance Workshop With Jamaal O’Driscoll
4pm-5pm / Sign up
Presented by South East Dance’s The Welcome Project as part of B.fest, join Hip Hop dance supremo and founder of O’Driscoll Collective, Jamaal O’Driscoll for a workshop that will give you a solid introduction to the art of Hip Hop dance. Suitable for all ages and all abilities.
Hado AR Gaming
4pm-9pm / Sign up
HADO is Augmented Reality crossed with Sports to create a unique Techno Sport. Catering for all abilities and experience, players can strap on head-mounted displays and armband sensors to wield energy balls and shields on a real-world court as if by magic.. For HADO, teams can consist of up to 3 players per side meaning 6 players can compete at once. Reserve your place now for this amazing experience.
Limited spaces – Complete sign up form to get involved for free!
One%, by O’Driscoll Collective
5:30pm-6pm / Sign up
“Near super-human core strength saw them support their bodies with one hand over and over again, but they did not lose grace, and the biggest cheer of the night was theirs.” Financial Times, 2020. Presented by South East Dance’s The Welcome Project as part of B.fest, One is a mesmerising performance exploring male mental health, driven by the dynamic rawness of Breaking. The piece shows the journey of two characters (Midlands-based b-boys Jamaal O’Driscoll and Marius Mates) moving through different emotional states. Using Breaking as a mechanism for tackling their shifts of energy, the characters come in and out of contact with the floor and each other as the intensity of their relationship rises and falls. Suitable for adult and family audiences.
Chinese Kickboxing Taster
6pm-6:45pm / Sign up
This art involves punching, kicking, vertical grappling, & various sweeps, throws & takedowns. You don’t have to be sporty – suitable for complete beginners and all fitness levels. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the basics of self-defence and sparring, and find out if Kick-boxing is what you’ve been missing..
White Crane: Kung Fu Taster
7pm-7:45pm / Sign up
Ever wanted to be a Kung Fu master?! This martial art demo & taster will put you on the road to becoming just that: White Crane Kung Fu is over 300 yeards old and combines lightening-fast hand attacks with a graceful blocking system. Improves strength and flexibility, and can be taught to anyone regardless of age, fitness or experience.