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 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