Within seconds of arriving in Brighton you will get a sense that this is a city full to the brim with life and activity. There isn't just one or two things going on, but there's a veritable cornucopia of excitement with something for everyone. Whoever you are - a cinema goer, a party animal, an art lover or theatre fan, Brighton is the perfect haven for a culture vulture. Its rich pickings are just waiting to be discovered.
Brighton's Theatre Royal is well known for bringing West End shows to the seaside. You'll find good-quality and well-known productions here. It's one of the oldest working theatres in the country and realising that this fabulous regency auditorium that has been putting shows on for over 200 years will really blow you away. Not only can you watch a great piece of theatre, but you can also revel in the history of the stunning building.
Theatre Royal isn't the only place to catch a play, there are the smaller theatres including the Marlborough Theatre and Nightingale Theatre, which generally put on local productions. It all depends on your taste of course. Then there is also the Brighton Dome, which has put on a wealth of events ever since it was converted from a stable in the 1860s. Known for holding live music, dance and comedy events, there'll definitely be something to take your fancy there.
If you like live music then Brighton is an ideal destination for you. There are lots of venues to choose from and the chance to see independent artists or the big name acts.
Before seeing a band, why not check out a few of the bars and pubs scattered around the city? Brighton has a great collection of drinking places, including an exciting mixture of old fashioned pubs, swanky bars and just about everything in between, there's over 300 of them. There are pubs for all the family, bars ideal for pre-clubbing, sports bars, student bars, wine bars and of course gay bars.
Brighton is a popular destination for, and also a home of, a large gay community, which has a big influence over the culture of the city. One of the key cultural events of the year has to be the Gay Pride carnival which takes place every August. Thousands attend this fabulous celebration which finishes with a huge party and funfair in Preston Park. During the rest of the year you'll find the city very gay friendly, with plenty of shops, clubs and pubs catering for the community.
Gay Pride isn't the only festival held in the city. The second largest arts festival in the UK, the Brighton Festival, takes place here every May. Lasting for nearly three weeks, the festival hosts concerts, dance, theatre, debates, music, parades and much, much more. While this takes place, the Brighton Festival Fringe runs alongside it. Incredibly, this is the second biggest Fringe festival in the world, so it's really not to be missed.
So, for culture you won't find much bigger, better or more exciting than Brighton. There's something for everyone, every night of the week. Let's get cultural!