OUR PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

YOUR CULTURAL DIGEST

A programme of events that offers visitors and locals a cultural digest, inspired by the places we call home. From up and coming musical talent, talks and salons that offer insight and opinion to ‘side hustles’ and special interests, all grounded by our time and place. We hope to see you soon.

PREVIOUSLY IN THE PROGRAMME:

HERstory: IN BRIGHTON
Making HERstory: International Women’s Week 2020 at Brighton Palace Pier
Thursday 5th March
To highlight the significance of International Women’s Day, the power of women, and 101 years since the Suffragettes Movement, Healys Women in Business has partnered with some of the region’s leading businesses to present, MAKING HER-STORY – a showstopping conference and networking event to celebrate International Women’s Week in style. Find out more here.
Join us for an after party in Merkaba, My Brighton from 8pm.

UNWIND: IN BRIGHTON
Acu Gong at My Brighton
Lay back, relax and allow the beautiful sounds and tones of the gongs and crystal singing bowls to wash over you, whilst our acupuncturist deepens the relaxation and restores balance in the body. Acu Gong is brought to you by Rainbow Acupuncture & Dao Natural Health read more here.
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NYE: IN BRIGHTON
A Night of 90’s Classics
Tuesday, 31st December from 2pm until late.
FREE ENTRY
Prosecco £20 a bottle between 2pm-5pm and classic cocktails just £8.50 all night.
As we enter a new decade, we are throwing it back to the rhythm of the 90’s – from hip hop to Britpop, our special guest DJs have got your favourites covered.
For more information please contact: merkababrighton@myhotels.com

PRIDE: IN BRIGHTON
The Original 70’s & 80’s Night at Merkaba, My Brighton: “REFLEX”
Sunday, 4th August from 830pm until late.
Entry is free
Pride is turning 50 and we are celebrating by bringing back everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure. Our very own DJ Adam Rice will be spinning the tunes with drinks offers all night. The perfect post street party celebration in support of The Brighton Rainbow Fund
For more information please contact: eventsbrighton@myhotels.com

FEMALE: IN BRIGHTON
Fierce Females: “Takeover” at My Brighton
Sunday 7th July, from 8pm
The second in our Fierce Females series, will see some of the city’s finest female bartenders team up to run the hotel’s cocktail bar – Merkaba, for one very special Sunday night. Join us as some of Brighton’s best-known, rebellious and downright talented ladies take you through their interpretations of your favourite cocktails.
RSVP: rsvpbrighton@myhotels.com

AUCTION: IN BRIGHTON
Oliver’s Auction
Friday, 5th July from 6pm until 10pm
Entry is free
Oliver Dall of Oliver’s Brighton (the award winning wizarding shop) is hosting a special exhibition throughout the month of June in My Brighton Hotel culminating in a charity auction in our award-winning cocktail bar, Merkaba. With around 40 pieces of original artwork and with every penny going to Sussex Homeless Support, this is a must for your social calendar.

FACES: IN BRIGHTON
My Brighton & Havana Club present: “FACES”
In association with Brighton Cocktail Week
Sunday, 9th June from midday to midnight

FACES BY DAY – 12pm-6pm in Jubilee Square
A day festival promising live music, sustainable cocktails, food pairings and live up-cycling – and Brighton Cocktail Week’s official closing party. With live performances from local talent to be announced soon, as well as Havana Club’s sustainable drinks list and street food. You’ll also witness live art up-cycling courtesy of Cassette Lord and RP Art.
Entry is free.
Drinks discounts available with a BCW19 wristband.

FACES BY NIGHT – 6pm-12am in the Car Park under My Brighton
An underground street art exhibition with special guest DJ Goldierocks. The exhibiting artists include, Cassette Lord along with iownthisart, Maz Can, Will Blood, Manic Minotaur and Lois O’Hara. These local street artists have come together to create an immersive mural that captures the city’s most inspiring trait – its Faces. Merkaba’s cocktails will be available in the car park, as well as delicious canapés and a DJ line-up in collaboration with 1BTN.

Entry is ticketed, and you can buy your tickets here: BOOK NOW
Availability is limited.

SWOP SHOP: IN BRIGHTON
Circular Brighton & Hove – Make Fashion Circular – A Revolution for Good!
Wednesday 3rd April, from 6pm
Free Entry
Join us in Mercury and be a part of a hands-on and fun way to explore how to re-use, re-design & upcycle your existing clothing. Reinvigorate your wardrobe by exchanging or repurposing your old clothing. A Circular Brighton & Hove event, organised by RubyMoon, The Revival Collective & Slow Re Purpose in collaboration with My Brighton.

FEMALE: IN BRIGHTON
My Brighton & Merkaba in association with QM Records present: “Fierce Females, Back to Back”
Friday 8th March, from 8pm
Free Entry
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Moxxy, Phonetic & Boudicca will be playing back to back sets throughout the night in Merkaba at My Brighton
For more details please contact eventsbrighton@myhotels.com

NYE: IN BRIGHTON
New Year’s Eve: “DECADES”
A celebration of everything that once was.
Monday, 31st December from 8pm until late.
Remember all the way back in the day? From platforms to hairspray, and Ray Ban’s to boot cut jeans with checked shirts… Okay, so we know none of that happened in the same decade, but we’re celebrating all of it together in one big NYE bash in Merkaba at My Brighton *queue the disco balls*.
Our special guest DJ Tony B will be revisiting past decades with a line up that hits some of your favourite tunes from the 60s to the present day.
Free entry.
For more information please contact: merkababrighton@myhotels.com

TALK: IN BRIGHTON
My Brighton, Brighton On The Inside, Grizzly Bear & Cassette Lord, present: “SETTING THE PULSE”
Wednesday, 17th October from 630pm
Brighton is a hub of creativity and our panel are at the heart of this. Come and chat to some of Brighton’s best talents ask your questions, listen to them debate and generally get to know the people behind the art. From street artists to cultural enthusiasts and graphic designers, we’ll find out just who’s setting the cultural agenda. Followed by an evening of vinyl from our resident vinyl specialist in Merkaba.

READ: IN BLOOMSBURY

My Bloomsbury presents: “THE BIG BOOK OUT”
From 17th-21st October we’re hosting a fascinating literature events series with a distinctly Bloomsbury angle presented by in partnership with Bloomsbury Festival. Entry is free to all events for The Big Book Out, but to confirm attendance please visit here.
WALK: IN BLOOMSBURY

“Publishers of Bloomsbury”

This walking tour will visit some of the many sites associated with Bloomsbury’s long history of involvement with the publishing industry, both past and present. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the penthouse of My Bloomsbury Hotel which will give guests a chance to meet and greet representatives from the prestigious publishing houses still based in the area today.

“An Evening with Unthology”
Enter the wonderful and frightening world of Unthology 10, the latest in Unthank Books’ acclaimed series showcasing short fiction from new and established writers. Hosted by editor Ashley Stokes, there will be readings from Jay Merrill and Liam Hogan.

“The Author as Architect – Changing the Real World into Fiction”
To craft a compelling setting in a novel can be a daunting task. How does one import real-life locations into fiction? Is it possible for an author to boil an entire place – with all its sights, sounds, and smells, its geography, its architecture, and the people who inhabit it – down to the printed page? How much can be conveyed, or indeed, how much is it desirable to attempt to convey? What is lost? What must change? These and other questions will be put by former Waterstones Marketing Director Martin Lee to a panel of three novelists: Elise Valmorbida (Madonna of the Mountains, forthcoming, Faber), John Simmons (Spanish Crossings, Urbane), and Gareth Dickson (A Minor Fifth, forthcoming), who will discuss the strategies they have used to represent place in their own work, and the evocations of settings that have inspired them in the work of other writers.

“Vita and Virginia – the love that made one of the great works of English literature”
Vita and Virginia – two extraordinary women, a passionate love affair and an enduring friendship. Bestselling biographer Sarah Gristwood talks about the work, friendship and love affair of two prolific novelists, who came to redefine conventions of femininity, sexuality, art and politics for the modern world. Illustrated with photographs from the homes and lives of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, Gristwood draws on their poetry and treasured correspondence to tell the story of this thoroughly modern affair.