Brighton & Hove White Night

Dusk to dawn, marking the end of British Summer Time, this contemporary, all night, free arts festival was unique in the UK, a “cultural reclaiming of the streets”, attracting over 40,000 participants. It took place annually from 2008 - 2011, inclusive, throughout Brighton & Hove: in cultural venues, cafes, parks, squares, streets, ‘pop up’ spaces and sporting facilities.

This showcase for the arts in Brighton & Hove, a microcosm of the city’s creativity, all in one night, was an opportunity for venues, artists, programmers and curators to create new work, new approaches and new audiences. 

Brighton & Hove White Night was led by Brighton & Hove Arts Commission. Partners include the Royal Pavilion; Brighton Dome & Festival; Brighton Libraries; Sealife Centre; Brighton Early Music Festival; Universities of Sussex and Brighton; Lighthouse; Fabrica; Phoenix; Safety in the Community; Infinity Foods Co-operative. It was supported by Brighton & Hove City Council; funded by Interreg IV A France (Channel) England; co-financed by ERDF and was a sister festival to Nuit Blanche Amiens. 

Press coverage

BBC Radio 4 Midweek

19 October 2011
14 minute interview with Gloria Elliott, chair of the Noise Abatement Society (first broadcast at 9am; repeated at 9pm)

Easyjet Inflight magazine

September 2011
Article about White Night including a photograph 

Arts industry

20 October 2011 
Feature by Simon Tait about White Night with an image, also featured on front page of website. Canned Culture

25 October 2011
Large blog feature by Bella Todd about White Night, with two photographs and links to individual projects.

Independent Information

29 October 2011
Featured, with an image, in the ‘ten best events’ column.

Guardian Guide

29 October 2011
Included in events listings

Preview piece, with an image, included in the ‘What’s On’ section. website

Event Listing


Meridian east tonight

28 October 2011
45 second piece, including interview with Donna Close and footage of CompARTment preparing for White Night.

BBC Radio Sussex

29 October 2011
5 minute interview with Geoff Mead on breakfast programme, plus 40 second interviews with Donna Close (about White Night generally) and Dr Harry Witchel (about the Noise Abatement Society project) in news bulletins throughout the day.

The Argus

31 October 2011
White Night featured with large photograph on front page, and centre spread with report and six photographs.

29 October 2011
Double page spread interview with Dr Harry Witchel about the Noise Abatement Society project at White Night featured in The Argus Magazine.

29 October 2011
The Alternative Village Fete included in the Argus Daily Guide section, with an image.

28 October 2011
Featured on front page of the Guide, with interview with Donna Close, photograph of Miss High Leg Kick and link to the live Metahub video stream, which ran throughout the night on 29 October. Full page inside the Guide, with selected highlights and six photographs.

26 October 2011
Large photograph of ‘Miss High Leg Kick’ with brief news report.

4 October 2011
News story by Rebecca Evans, highlighting plans for White Night events.

16 September 2011 
News item about funding for White Night by John Keenan.

Latest 7

25-31 October 2011
Large 'Snap Shots' photograph and feature with Donna Close, and preview with photograph.

Source Magazine

October 2011
Full page article about White Night Festival highlights by James Kendal, with an image.

Sussex Society

October 2011
News item about White Night with an image.


October 2011
News item about White Night, with three images.

Sussex Life

November 2011
White Night included at top of ‘The Diary’ section, with a listing about the event at the Royal Pavilion.

Love Brighton

28 October 2011
News item about White Night, and the Noise Abatement Society project, with two images.

Brighton & Hove Community Radio: Mernet Radio Show

27 October 2011 
Interviews with Donna Close and Jay Thornton in the studio.

Radio Reverb

27 October 2011
Interview with Donna Close in the studio. Online Magazine

21 October 2011
Brief event listing, with White Night logo. Online Magazine

16 October 2011
Article about White Night and ACE funding four of the individual projects, with two Youtube video links.

Hove People Online Magazine

15 October 2011
News feature about White Night, with an image.

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