three of brighton’s best online events

Zoom this, Instagram live that, virtual quiz this… yes, lockdown life can get a bit overwhelming when it comes to staying connected. But, as we kick off May, usually the most vibrant month of the city’s calendar (sniff), we’ve rounded up some of the best virtual events to keep you entertained, all brought to you by the people of Brighton, Hove and Sussex.

Front Room Fest
If you too are daydreaming about floating freely around a festival, then here’s a little something from Clap Back Club to give you the festival feels during the lockdown. Kicking off tonight, they are teaming up with Girl Code Theatre to bring a line up of some of their favourite performances. Happening at 8.00pm every Friday in May, they will be streaming short clips from ten acts each week, all hosted by the lovely Beth Hodd. The streaming is free, but if you’re able to make a donation then even better. They’ll be split between all the performers of the evening, with a percentage going to The Brighton Community Fund, run by The Social Society. Head over to Facebook to see tonight’s line up.
Every Friday in May, from 8.00pm

There has been so much beauty captured in the stillness of Brighton & Hove during lockdown and Emma Croman (pictured) is a local photographer that has shared some gorgeous work over the last few weeks. Earlier this year she launched a moving project called VALID, which profiled some inspirational Brighton residents with portraits and stories exploring their feelings of validity around their physical selves. Now in lockdown, she’s using the opportunity to take her planned VALID event online, which will be taking place on Thursday 7th May. The 90-minute event will see some amazing speakers talk about compassion around ourselves at this, quite honestly, very strange time we find ourselves in. Performance coach Mary Meadows is on the line-up, as well as Emma herself, body inclusive fitness coach Christine Cheeseman and psychologist Sal Jefferies. Join them for an extended lunch break and stick around for the live Q&A panel, which will be hosted by The Social Society‘s Toni Finnimore.
Thursday 7th May, 1.00 – 2.30pm; free sign up via Eventbrite below

Join the virtual Children’s Parade
Okay, so the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe may have been cancelled, but the good news is that they both have some online fun happening. As the children’s parade can’t work it’s colour around the city tomorrow as planned, they’re encouraging you to get involved from the comfort of your own home. Everyone is welcome, so get the fancy dress and whistle at the ready as you wave from your window, dress up on your doorstep and strut your stuff. They will be kicking the start off on social media tomorrow at 10.30am with some samba drumming. Share your fun by tagging #ChildrensParadeAtHome and @brightonfestival. More great news from Brighton Fringe too, as although they won’t be running the festival in ‘real life’, they have got lots of great online events planned in for May. Take a look here.
Saturday 2nd May, 10.30am