Archive for May, 2011

Let’s Dance

New Road, Saturday 28 May @ 1-4pm

brighton-fringeThis free, outdoor event is being held by Brighton’s ever-growing Festival Fringe !
‘Let’s Dance’ is a three hour celebration of music and choreography with some amazing dance demonstrations inspired by many different cultures. For those of you who fancy having a go yourself, there’s going to be many opportunities to join in with Capoeira, Jive, Break Dance, Belly Dance, Samba, Irish Jigs and even Flamenco !!

It’s going to be great fun and suitable for all ages. It’s an afternoon of celebration so get on your dancing shoes and let’s go and stomp our feet !!

For more information on Fringe Festival, click here

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Royal Escape

Friday 27 May

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The Royal Escape is one of the biggest ocean races on the South Coast ! The collection of yachts will depart this Friday near the Brighton Pier and head off into the distance as they compete to be the first to arrive on the Normandy coast. The event was inspired by Charles II’s escape across the channel and is a charitable, fun event with a great vibe on both shores as they set sail / arrive !

The time has not yet been confirmed if you wanted to show your support as they yachts set sail , but please check out the official website as they will be giving full details in due course.

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Artists Open Houses – Brunswick Trail

Once again this year, May has seen the city come to life with festivals of music, entertainment and the arts.
There are still two more weekends of open houses and we here at The Oriental strongly reccomend you go and see whats going on.
Not only are there private showcases of artwork for you to check out but did you know that most of the displays are part of a trail ?

brunswick_town1One of the most talked about this year is the Brunswick Trail. There are 13 venues involved and being in the Brunswick area, they are all stunning and unique buildings as well as being in a wonderful, historic location. This Trail invites you to enjoy the homes and works of distinctive artists from all around the world.  Offering a diverse collection of displays from people living and working in this unique regency town.

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OLYMPIC TORCH TO VISIT BRIGHTON

Brighton to Accommodate the Olympic Torch Relay 16 July 2012

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Redgrave carries Olympic Torch

The London Olympics Torch Relay route has been announced and Brighton and Hove are delighted to be receiving the torch on its journey to the Olympics on the 16 July 2012 when the torch will stay overnight in Brighton.  The Relay begins in Lands End on 18 May 2012 and ends 70 days later in London at the Olympics and will involve 8,000 torch bearers.  You can be sure that Brighton and Hove will be laying on a party to remember to celebrate the torch’s visit to the City beside the sea.

For more information on the route and how to nominate a torch bearer visit the London Olympics website.  We’ll be opening up our website for bookings shortly.

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The Common Tongues Celebrate their Single Release

May 23 , The Hope

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Up and Coming Brighton Based Band ‘The Common Tongues’ will be holding the launch party for their single release on 23 May at The Hope in Brighton.
The single ‘Jumping Ships’ will be released on Something Nothing records that day.
Join them in celebrating at this free event which will have a masquerade ball theme. Masks and flowers will be given out on entry and the first 20 people will get a free copy of the single.

Supporting the band will be Chris Simmons, Joe Janiak and our very own receptionist Jenna Bennett.

The band have made a real impression on people of Brighton, London and Cambridge over the last year. The acoustic, folk five piece perform with 5 part harmonies, incredible lyrics, catchy melodies and driving rhythms that have crowds in awe. Last year they came in the top 5 “best new acts in Brighton” via the Brighton Music Awards and big things are expected of them , so all I’m going to say is check them out whilst it’s free !!

For more info the the night find the facebook event.
To listen to the single and view The Common Tongues videos click here

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The Script , One off show in Brighton

July 17 @ The Brighton Centre

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The Script are coming to Brighton to do a one off show in July. Their other gigs this summer are just going to be festivals so make sure you take advantage of the event. For tickets and more info please follow this link.

If you are not from Brighton and are looking for somewhere to accommodate you for the gig then please give us a call at The Oriental. We are a 9 bedroom boutique guest house situated a stone’s throw from the seafront, 3 minutes into town and 5-10 min walk to The Brighton Centre.

Give one of our friendly staff members a call on 01273 205050 or check out our website for more information.

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Oriental Live

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Can you believe another month has passed?  but yes and Oriental Live is on again this coming 7 July from 7.30pm with you usual amazing line up plus special guests if we are lucky and Aiden’s delicious cocktails to wash down your perfect Thurdsay night chill concoction.  See you there….

http://www.orientalbrighton.co.uk/bar.htm

Thursday On 5 May we held our first ever music night at The Oriental Bar, called Oriental Live. The evening was a huge success with both guests, friends and people of Brighton sharing the night with us. We had three hours of acoustic music in our bar from local singer/songwriters and performers.
First up we had Lisa Wadham and Simon Eden who gave us half an hour of stunning lounge-style covers. We then had our new barman Aiden play a couple of his own songs , followed by receptionist Jenna Bennett and her friend Kelly Barnes who performed a number of  duets with covers and originals mixed in.
Whilst enjoying the music, our bar was open making drinks and cocktails for the audience. It was a wonderful night and great to see so many people support it.

223266_10150610221695393_630050392_18746047_1472685_nOur next music night shall be Thursday 2 June and we shall blog all information in the next two weeks.
For more photo’s please find The Oriental’s facebook page.

If you would like to come and stay with us to come and see this evening then please give us a call on 01273 205050 and speak to one of the team. See our website for more details of the Oriental’s Bar and opening times.

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Jardin Flambeau – Review

Compagne Carabosse are a french company who travel around europe staging fire displays at various landmarks.
Last weekend they came to Brighton and I went to check it out. . .

Hundreds of people headed to Ann’s Well Gardens last weekend to check out the fire display that was set up as part Brighton Festival. The whole place was lit up high and low with a variety of lanterns and small fires. There were also a number of interesting features (some bizarre and some breath-taking . . . !) , a small cafe and three or four musical acts.It was a beautiful sight that took my breath away. After exploring , I found myself spending an hour or so sitting in front of a candle-lit stage area where I watched an incredible musician play atmospheric music using a loop peddle.

The vibe of the whole evening was amazing. I strongly recommend going next year or finding one of the company’s other locations.
Here are some of my photos from the night but if you wish to see more then please click here

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A Taste of Italy

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The Oriental Brighton is delighted to welcome Aiden di Massimo to the team as our new Barman / Mixologist. Aiden, who is also a singer-songwriter, grew up in northern Italy, but moved to England at the age of 20 to further his music career. His other passion in life is drinks and cocktails, so why not pop in to the Oriental Bar this weekend, say “Ciao”, and try Aiden’s special Amaretto Cooler for only £6.00.

Also, to celebrate the imminent arrival of summer, the Oriental is delighted to announce that the Oriental bar is now open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5.00pm to 9.00pm

Our barman for the past two years has been James Jack. Having finished his degree in Graphic Design , he has now left The Oriental to concentrate on his career, if you wish to view his work or are looking for a graphic designer take a look at his website. James was always very  popular with the guests and will be truly missed here , so thank you James for all your help and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations !!

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Naked Bike Ride

Sunday June 12

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The naked bike ride is back for it’s 6th year. This is not just a Brighton even but one that happens all over the country as a peaceful protest against car culture and oil dependency (and also a fun celebration of the human body and freedom of expression)

Hundreds of people take part in the event yearly and it brings a fun and free atmosphere to the City. The day consists of lunch , a bike ride , a paddle in the sea and a picnic – all with the dress code ‘bare as you dare’

For more information on the event please click here for the website.

If you are looking for accommodation with secure bike storage then we can help !
Please call us 01273 205050 to speak to one of our team.

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