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University opens doors to locals for first-ever community festival

Residents across Brighton & Hove and Sussex are invited to a day of free fun and discovery at the end of June as the University of Sussex throws open its doors for its first-ever Sussex Community Festival. 

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a packed programme of events and activities for all ages, from 11am-4pm on Sunday 25 June. 

The festival will offer sports, crafts and interactive workshops as well as live music, debates and guided tours. 

On the day, visitors will get to: 

  • see how scientific discoveries are made with a guided lab tour
  • learn about law courts by engaging in a mock trial
  • explore a ‘bee’s eye view’ of the world using virtual reality
  • meet the Sussex researchers who are designing the medicines of the future
  • make mathematical connections between a zombie apocalypse, long queues and traffic
  • try out a range of exciting sports, including handball and extreme Frisbee
  • enjoy live music at our Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
  • discover the beautiful South Downs on a campus boundary walk. 

They will also have another chance to watch Brighton: Symphony of a City, the acclaimed film about Brighton in all its festive, bohemian, campaigning glory. The piece – fusing silent film and an original musical score - debuted at last year’s Brighton Festival and is the work of filmmaker Lizzie Thynne and composer Ed Hughes from the University of Sussex. 

There will be a number of stalls selling delicious food and drink, or festival-goers are welcome to bring a picnic. 

Free car and bicycle parking is available on site and the campus is easily accessible by public transport. 

Keep an eye on the festival web pages, as a full programme of activities will be coming soon. 

Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell says: “At Sussex we are lucky to be part of a vibrant mix of communities and cultures, and we care about the role we play. 

“This is hopefully the first of many such festivals and I hope it will be an enjoyable celebration of the talent and community spirit we have here at the University and across the county. 

“Whether you are a close friend of the University or have never set foot on our campus, I hope to see you there on the 25th for what I’m sure will be a fantastic afternoon.” 

You can go online to find out more about the activities of Sussex in the community

The University is encouraging members of the local community to email community@sussex.ac.uk if they have an idea for a project that they feel the University should be supporting.


By: James Hakner
Last updated: Thursday, 15 June 2017

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