Edinburgh Art Festival: the formation of the Edinburgh Art Festival is a great encouragement to us in the Open House movement in the May Brighton Festival. Nick Dodds, the director of the Brighton Festival, has been ruthlessly adopting the 'Edinburgh Festival model' here -- ie inventing an artificial 'Fringe' in which to offload and marginalise anything not 'officially programmed', including almost all the visual arts. Maybe Richard Demarco's remarks may help him reconsider his snubbing of Brighton's unique selling point -- the thousands of artists who live, work and exhibit here, through the hundreds of Open Houses.

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