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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag! We were very sad to hear of the death in April of one of our regular contributors, community activist Steve Parry who founded the Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition. We send our condolences to his family and friends. There is so much going on in May that it’s difficult to fit everything into one magazine. We have the Brighton Festival and Fringe, as well as the Artists Open Houses, and the Kemptown Carnival is set to return on 1st June. Our featured local person is Father Andrew Manson-Brailsford of St George’s Church, who explains how the Kemptown Carnival began, and Katherine Prior of St Mary’s tells us about a Brighton carnival experiment in the 1920s. Have a good month. The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: Montague Place by Jane Galvin

Contents... Page 4 Old Photo Page 7 Father Andrew Manson-Brailsford on the Kemptown Carnival Page 9 Kemptown Carnival – 1st June Page 11 No squirts or teasers – Brighton’s early experiment with Carnival Page 12-13 Royal Voluntary Service Page 15 Artists Open Houses 2019 Page 15 Revised swimming pool plans approved Page 17 Brighton Festival & Fringe

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How the Kemptown Carnival began...

Father Andrew Manson-Brailsford on the Kemptown Carnival The Kemptown Carnival is back on 1st June after a three-year break. Father Andrew Manson-Brailsford of St George’s Church and a group from the Kemp Town Community Forum were looking for a way to celebrate the life of Kemp Town and promote the area when they founded it, and also a way for local people to demonstrate their talents and have fun. We asked Father Andrew to tell us more... How did you come to start the carnival? The carnival was one way in which local people, coming together as the Kemp Town Community Forum, could enthuse about Kemp Town and the people who live here. They wanted to celebrate their lives and achievements and to share that with Brighton and Hove, and the wider community. I think they wanted something bohemian and creative, akin to the sort of thing you might find in South American countries, although I cannot remember anyone stating that – very ambitious. What would you say to anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour?

A custard pie fight at a past carnival

I would say that large numbers of our communities come together to share and enjoy the carnival day. It is a day when everyone, young and old, from different backgrounds and with different visions of the world, comes together and shares an enjoyable day. In a world, and in an area, where so many feel isolated, or where difference can breed intolerance, this could be positive and liberating. Don’t let the few who want to spoil it stop the carnival from happening. I know Mat, who looks after the carnival nowadays, spends a lot of time with local people and traders and of course the police representatives to keep things safe – perhaps we should do our best to support his efforts and challenge anti-social behaviour!

What is your favourite memory from past carnivals? I think it was the evening after the first carnival. Everyone was tired – they had gone out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly. It had worked and people had enjoyed themselves, and we all talked about the parade, the stalls and the atmosphere. There was an afterglow of contentment from having done something so wonderful for local people. The team sat down in the Vicarage and we all had Chinese food – yum yum. What are you looking forward to this year? I think that I look forward to being surprised by the entertainment, and the great array of stalls which demonstrate how diverse a set of communities we are. (That is one of the good things about handing the carnival on – you can sit back and enjoy because others are picking up the baton and running with it.) What is your involvement on carnival day?

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I shall be with my congregation, and with the community centre and café as we do our bit for the day – and I hope having fun. Still love that afterglow of having done something good for other people – and a celebratory meal.

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Not long now till the carnival returns...

Kemptown Carnival 2019... The Kemptown Carnival returns in style on Saturday June 1st! The event will run from 10am until 6pm with the official after-party taking place on Brighton Palace Pier in the evening. Photo by Neil W Shaw

The Carnival Community Parade kicks off the celebrations at 10am with hundreds of local participants involved. Exciting new Arts Council funded works will also be showcased within the parade; local artists, performance groups and carnival arts makers have been working together to create five original professional performance pieces. The parade begins from St Mary’s Church and heads through Kemptown Village along St George’s Road to launch the festivities. For the first time, the community parade is open to the general public to dress up and join in the fun! Parade participation packs are available via the Crowdfunder, details of which are on our website kemptowncarnival.com.

After the community parade has launched, the day’s entertainment will continue with live music stages and performance areas across Kemptown Village playing an incredible mix of jazz, reggae, folk, blues, world roots, afrobeat, funk, swing, samba and more. The doors of St Mary’s Church, St John the Baptist and St George’s Church will be open to the public throughout the day, providing a space for charities and community groups, hosting children’s creative workshops, entertainment, fairground rides and music from many of Brighton’s wonderful choirs. There is something for everyone at this year’s carnival....youth dance troupes, street theatre and Brazilian flash mob fun, Morris dancers, belly dancers, singing groups, circus skills performers, Capoeira performers and community samba bands are all taking part. Local businesses will be coming out onto the streets with a delicious range of food and drink alongside a vibrant street market showcasing arts and crafts, vintage goods, and scrumptious cakes and sweets. But the fun doesn’t stop there! There’s a carnival afterparty on Brighton Palace Pier with local and visiting performers and DJs. Tickets will be available online so be sure to grab yours! Then, for the first time ever, the Kemptown Carnival will be hosting a Sunday Samba Social on June 2nd. A seafront parade including local and visiting samba groups and processional performers will makes its way to Brighton Palace Pier for a family-friendly daytime carnival party. The carnival is currently looking for volunteers to help out on the day, for a variety of roles such as parade marshals, volunteer coordinator assistants, fancy dress fundraisers and info and welfare roles.

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Our local history article from Katherine Prior at St Mary’s Church...

No squirts or teasers... Brighton’s early experiment with Carnival

The chariot and throne of King Carnival at the Brighton Carnival, June 1922

The return of the Kemptown Carnival this year prompts thoughts of an earlier Brighton experiment with street festivities. In 1922, the Brighton Corporation proposed hosting a week of parades, pageants, tournaments and balls modelled on the great carnivals of Nice and Venice. England’s climate dictated a date in the summer, rather than February, but in other respects Brighton’s carnival was meant to mimic the European festivals’ sense of licence, with the crowning of a mischievous King Carnival for a short reign in which ordinary social constraints would be loosened. The actor Arthur Applin was the organizer of the first carnival. He was explicit about its social purpose. England, he declared at the press launch, needed the spirit of carnival ‘very, very badly’. It was ‘a safety valve for the overwrought feelings of people of all classes following war and industrial strife’,

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a rediscovery of ‘pleasure in childish things, when the worker and the capitalist will play, when we shall gather flowers from garden and hedge and throw them at each other, and sing because we are happy…’ Despite poor weather, the first carnival drew thousands of participants and onlookers. Many of the events took place on Madeira Drive: a procession of amusingly decorated vehicles, a pageant of the Art through the Ages, historical tableaux, jazz performances, beauty contests and children’s fancy dress. In imitation of the Nice Carnival, there was also a ‘battle of the flowers’ where onlookers fought to catch flowers thrown from passing floral floats. Sir Harry Lauder, Britain’s biggest musical star, added magic to the proceedings, awarding prizes and delighting children by posing in their tableaux. The Corporation repeated the carnival in 1923, making it a shorter, more intense experience and adding fireworks, a regatta, and the novelty of loudspeakers all along the seafront – ‘the first time the speaking telephone installation has been adopted for broadcasting music in the open air’ according to the Chichester Observer. Photographs of both events suggest a real sense of madcap fun, with revellers milling around Madeira Terrace, the air filled with streamers. To limit ‘rowdiness’, the Corporation had banned confetti, squirts, teasers, sneezing powders and smoke bombs from the carnival. But these measures were apparently not enough. The West Sussex Gazette reported ‘a lot of vulgar indecency by silly street cads’ and a feeling that ‘we cannot play the fool gracefully as on the Continent’. The Corporation declined to repeat their bold experiment in 1924. The carnival was over.

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It’s festival time...

Brighton Festival & Fringe Featuring over 130 events from 4-26 May, Brighton Festival 2019 is a space for contemporary expression from around the world. This year’s guest director is Malian musician Rokia Traoré and the Festival begins with the Children’s Parade on 4 May. Marking 50 years since the first moon landings, artist Luke Jerram’s realistic lunar model will light up the sky above Queen’s Park. (Free, 17-20 May) At Black Rock, Madeira Drive, you can see Silence, a large-scale spectacle by Poland’s Teatr Biuro Podrozy, who use light, sound and pyrotechnics to conjure the visceral reality of war. (22-25 May, 8.30pm & 10pm, Black Rock, 12+, £15) Also in Kemptown, alongside Brighton Festival, The Secret Garden (corner of Bristol Gardens/Bristol Place) is exhibiting a stunning selection of major works by sculptor William Pye. His sculptures are made principally from stainless steel and cast bronze, and moving water is integral to most of his work. (Free, 4 May to 2 June, Saturdays, Sundays

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“Silence” will be at Black Rock; photo by Krzysztof Kapica

and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am-5pm, disabled access; secretgardenkemptown.co.uk) Brighton Fringe runs from 3 May to 2 June and there are many events in the Kemptown area, including several shows at The Spire in Eastern Road. Their programme is led by The Fortnight - a fortnight of durational performances by Harry Clayton-Wright. Every day a new work, character, act or ritual is created and performed over an 8-hour period (5-18 May, 1-9pm; drop-in; donations). The Spire Festival Bar returns from 6-11pm at weekends throughout May, where you can discover experimental art and unusual performances from 9pm - all for free. At St Mary’s Church you can attend An Improvised Funeral by Tight Five Comedy, with vibrant vicars, horrendous hymns and flashbacks to the life of the deceased. (25 May, 8pm, £7) Shows at The Crown in Grafton Street include Magwitch by RGR Productions. Charles Dickens’ villain from Great Expectations, convict Abel Magwitch, has returned to England from Britain’s penal colonies in Australia with a wallet full of money and some scores to settle. (13-16 May, 8pm; £10; 18+) Brighton Festival Ticket Office: 01273 709709 Website: brightonfestival.org Brighton Fringe Ticket Office: 01273 917272 Website: brightonfringe.org

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