Laser fireworks, silent discos, film screenings & more: it can only be Third Thursdays!

Laser fireworks, silent discos, film screenings & more: it can only be Third Thursdays!

Put the date in your diary, as Third Thursdays Brighton, brings culture to the city centre with a digital laser firework display, silent disco, an exciting film showing, and film trail, all taking place from 5-8pm on Thursday 17th March.

The fourth monthly Third Thursdays Brighton event (a partnership project between Brilliant Brighton BID – formed of 517 city centre retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, and the ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan, over 100 creatives who have come together to add more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative culture to the city, following the pandemic), follows three successful arts-filled evenings, that have seen crowds of culture-lovers, enjoy free film trails, music and more.

For March’s event, commissioned films, with an environmental theme, will be projected onto buildings in The Lanes and North Laine with the return of the highly anticipated film trail, starting at TK Maxx, North Street, at 7pm.

Third Thursdays includes an exclusive screening of Oska Bright Film Festival’s ‘Other Worlds’ at Komedia, where attendees are invited to step into alternate realities, unknown environments, and strange worlds. See the unexpected in a world through the eyes of a young autistic girl, a radio producer at his wit’s end, and a person who’s scared to step outside into a potentially life-threatening environment. Oska Bright Film Festival is the world’s biggest film festival featuring films made by, or featuring learning disabled and autistic people. By being part of Third Thursdays, these important stories can be shared with a wider audience and offer a glimpse into another world.

The environmental theme continues in films in businesses’ windows (including Infinity Foods, Simon Webster Hair, Knoops and Habitat) throughout the evening, while further interactive fun, including Electric Laser Flares by Seb Lee-Delisle (in collaboration with Abby Shum, an emerging British-Asian laser artist) – environmentally-friendly digital fireworks projected onto buildings in Brighton Place using your smartphone – and X-CITE (a new collective and record label by and for young Brighton DJs) welcomes music-lovers to join their live DJ sets, via headphones, on the streets of Brighton.

“Third Thursdays’ theme for March is Environment. There are a number of interpretations of environment in the programme, from artists exploring ecology and environmentalism, to filmmakers looking at their environment and how they respond to it,” Third Thursdays curator and co-founder of videoclub, Jamie Wyld explains.

“Third Thursdays’ film trail will be showing a collection of films which delve into environmental themes. A silent disco, DJ’d by X-CITE will bring new experiences to locations across the city centre. Films in windows by international artists explore themes of landscape, environment and disaster. An exhibition by Little Green Pig showcases Letters to the Earth written by young people in Simon Webster Hair’s window, and musicians bring hopeful music to the streets of the city, turning Brighton’s outdoor areas into places for enjoying performance.”

“After seeing so many people take to the city centre streets last month, we’re really looking forward to March’s events, with such an exciting array of free cultural activities – from leisurely enjoying films in businesses’ windows, to taking on the film trail, and enjoying an exclusive film in Komedia, as part of the trail, seeing a digital fireworks show and hearing DJ sets from the city’s next generation of DJs – we hope even more people will come out and enjoy all Brilliant Brighton has to offer,” Shelley Welti, Marketing Manager for Brilliant Brighton says.

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About the ABCD Cultural Recovery Fund

The disruption of the pandemic brought together over 100 creatives in Brighton & Hove to explore how arts & culture can be more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative in the City in the future. This resulted in a recovery plan that runs to the end of 2022 and has so far raised over £350k for the cultural sector in the City. The plan is overseen by an independent group of people formed of a Governance Group and a series of Working Groups. Their aims are to create paid work and professional opportunities for creative workers in the City, to develop a more inclusive cultural offer and to encourage partnership working to strengthen the creative sector in the long term. Their partners include Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England, Brilliant Brighton Business Improvement District, the Pebble Trust and many funded arts organisations in the City. If you work in the creative industries and want to get involved and/or find out more visit:

About Brilliant Brighton

Brilliant Brighton (also known as Brighton city centre’s Business Improvement District) is an organisation formed of 517 businesses in Brighton city centre, who come together to make Brighton a brilliant place to work, live and visit.

As well as partnering with the ABCD Cultural Recovery Fund for the Third Thursdays events and the Enliven Brighton Art Trail (featuring local artists work on lampposts, litter bins, bus shelters, businesses’ walls and more) ,Brilliant Brighton provides the city’s Christmas lights (at a cost of approximately £75,000 per annum), plus on-street Ambassadors, enhanced on-street cleansing and dressing the city with bunting, hanging baskets and banners during the summer.

About Third Thursdays

Third Thursdays are a partnership project by Brilliant Brighton and the ABCD Cultural Recovery Fund, curated and produced by videoclub.

Third Thursdays are a monthly opportunity to see, experience and take part in art, music and culture, which aims to make Brighton city centre the place to be, with events, performances, film projections and new artwork commissions.

About videoclub

videoclub is an artists’ moving image and digital culture agency, showing artists’ work across the UK and internationally. They support artists through curated programmes, engaging the public through screenings, exhibitions, residencies, commissions and online.

videoclub works in collaboration to develop inventive, stimulating events and opportunities to show artists’ work. Collaborating with small collectives to large institutions, we exhibit work in cinemas, festivals, museums, galleries, non-arts spaces and online, presenting diverse work by early career to established artists.

videoclub are curating the Third Thursdays event.