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Brighton Beach Culture is calling the world this week. The Brighton Festival and Fringe Festival – the 2nd biggest arts festival in the UK – is in full swing and befittingly there is plenty of beach culture to indulge in.

Brighton lays claim to be one of the world’s first beach resorts to develop in the 18th and 19th centuries.  To preserve modesty, wooden huts on wheels were made for bathers to change in and emerge into the freezing briny of the English Channel.  So one of highlights of this year’s festival are the Dip Your Toe bathing machines which have been built to house performances, theatre, films and puppets.  Next weekend they will move to Brighton Marina where they’ll say goodbye to the beautiful Boat Project – a 30 foot boat made from wood donated by people from SE England. The Boat Project houses art and memories made from found objects.

This Saturday also sees a first – Rock Up – a series of surf films projected onto the the white cliffs of Rottingdean. The films are all by local surfers and film-makers including the original, Richard Gregory of Wavedreamer! It promises to be a bumper weekend for all culture-gulls.

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