Our public ceilidhs (We call them Rants)

All about Rant

For over five years, Brighton Ceilidh Collective have been putting on public ceilidhs in Brighton. It's something we love doing.

We hold them on the first Friday of every month from September to May. (Over the summer we get booked to play weddings, parties and festivals.)

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We chose the name just because we like the word – and it's also the name of a folk dance step.

Usually they're held at One Church Brighton, on Gloucester Place, just south of The North Laine pub. Once a year at the Brighton Fringe Festival, we do a huge shindig up at BHASVIC Sixth Form College too.

What do I need to know before I come?

Apart from just a ticket and a pair of comfortable shoes, you don't need anything.

Our ceilidhs are for newcomers and experienced dancers alike. Our callers pride themselves on making first-timers welcome on the dance floor. They'll tell you exactly what you need to do.

Come alone or with friends. Don't worry if you don't have a partner for dances that need one. Just stick up your hand and it's our caller's job to find you someone to dance with.

It's important to us that our ceilidhs are inclusive. The people who come to our dances are lovely – at least we think so.

Even on cold winter nights it can get hot and sweaty on the floor. There's always free water available, but bring a bottle to drink out of if you fancy, and some people bring clean t-shirts to change into half way through.