About Brighton & Hove Arts Council


Brighton & Hove Arts Council is delighted to be organising and producing their first ever combined poetry competition and festival.

Brighton & Hove Arts Council was founded in 1974 by a group of enthusiasts to support and promote the not-for-profit arts sector in Brighton, Hove and beyond. The BHAC is a registered charity that continues to be run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

As well as individual members, the BHAC currently has over sixty group members in the fields of theatre, music, poetry, debating, painting, sculpture, singing, local radio and the written word.

What Brighton  &Hove Arts Council does

Regular activities include the quarterly publication of a printed Arts Diary that is distributed free throughout Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas. The diary gives a comprehensive guide to Arts events in the area. Listings are free to  group members and this is an excellent way for them to publicise their events to an extensive audience. Members’ events are also listed on the  Arts Diary Online.

The BHAC hold a number of events each year, including an arts exhibition, a drama awards evening and a poetry competition every other year. This year – 2017 sees the first time that the BHAC will run a Poetry Festival.

The thinking behind attaching a festival to the usual bi-annual competition is to continue the  objective of celebrating and encouraging the Arts for people of all ages in Brighton, Hove and Sussex. The BHAC believe that there is considerable talent out there and  see it as our remit to provide opportunities and platforms to express that talent.

The BHAC will continue to work with all Arts groups and Universities to encourage talent. As with all initiatives the BHAC need to publicise and showcase that talent and it continues to work with commercial organisations in partnership to broadcast all Art events and initiatives around the region.

Visit our website to find out more.