Brighton’s Autumn Lates


Summary: Brighton’s White Night festival has charmed culture-lovers for the last four years, but this year it’s being replaced by the Autumn Lates season.

In cultural cities across the world, it’s become increasingly common to have one night or a weekend every year where museums and galleries are open late to the public. In New York and London, for instance, it’s become a major event for tourists and locals alike.

Personally, I love this trend – I often leave work in the evening and feel the desire to wander around a museum to unwind, but many of them are shut by this time. So when I heard that Brighton was hosting a new Autumn Lates programme this year, I was immediately intrigued.

Autumn Lates versus the White Night festival

Autumn Lates is a new programme for Brighton this year, temporarily replacing its previous White Night event. White Night was an all-night free arts festival that took place in venues across Brighton annually in October for the last four years. By taking place on the last weekend of October – when Daylight Savings time traditionally kicks in – White Night marked the end of British summertime and the start of the long winter months in style.

This year, the festival is taking a break and may return next year, although it’s unclear what the organisers’ plans are at the moment. However, the Autumn Lates programme that’s appearing in its stead this year looks just as exciting. Taking place throughout October and the start of November, Brighton’s Autumn Lates is putting on a number of evening events in venues across the city – so many, in fact, that it’s hard to choose which to attend!
In my opinion, one of the most interesting events on the Autumn Lates programme is the film screening of the Jarman Awards Shortlist on October 15th at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse. Jarman was on the UK’s most visionary filmmakers, and his legacy is still strongly felt in the world of British film, so I’m interested to see how the people on the shortlist fare.

I’m also looking forward to the Brighton Early Music Festival on the 27th, in which five young ensembles will play classical pieces for free at St Bartholomew’s Church. And one of the last events on the schedule, late night openings at the Brighton Photo Biennial venues, is a must for any photography fans. The Brighton Photo Biennial is a festival that puts photography in the spotlight, and this free Autumn Late event means you can browse its exhibitions until 10pm on Friday November 2nd.

Getting to Brighton for Autumn Lates

If you don’t live in Brighton, rest assured that it’s easy to get to. Trains go to the city directly from London or, if you live further afield in the UK and would prefer to take a flight, the city’s also well-connected to several major airports. The short journey time means it’s easy to get back to London by rail in an evening, but there’s also bound to be lots of Brighton hotel deals this autumn as hoteliers try to weather the low season. So Brighton’s Autumn Lates season could be the perfect chance to grab an autumn break before the hustle and bustle of the festival season arrives


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