Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Advent beach huts in Brighton and Hove

Coming home on the bus one night this week I noticed that the floral garden display in Grand Saconnex seemed to be lit up and at a strange angle. In daylight it became obvious that an Advent calendar has been built above the flower bed and that it will light up in some way - at the moment light just glows intriguingly through the gaps between the unopened doors. Once the camera comes back from being with the Stranzblog's roving reporter in Berlin I'll try to take a photo of it.
In the meantime here is a photo of a brilliant idea from Hove of Advent beach huts (hat tip to Maggi Dawn for this).

Next week sees the launch of our most ambitious project yet - the world premiere of The Advent Beach Hut Calendar. All along the Hove seafront from the border with Brighton up to the Hove Lagoon there are some 440 beach huts and it occurred to us a year ago that opening their doors was rather like opening the doors on an advent calendar to reveal a piece of chocolate and a suprise picture. We've been able to recruit beach hut owners who are prepared to open their hut for an hour between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at some point during the month and to create a display themed around a Christmas Carol. Some hut owners who weren't able to do a display have been teamed up with local artists and a theatre company who are going to put on something on their behalf.
We hope that this will get the whole community here in Brighton & Hove talking about advent and what it means to look forward to the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.
We will be posting photos and comments from each opening here on the blog as often as possible throughout the month so please come by and see what we're doing and take part in this advent event.

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