Brighton Twestival raises £2435 for charity

Brighton tweeple ‘Twit the night away’ for charity

Brightwest, part of the international event Twestival kicked off in spectacular style on the 12th of February, raising £2435 for charity:water. Brighton has been dubbed as the ‘Silicone beach’ of the UK with a huge number of digital agencies, start ups and movers and shakers in the industry who descended on the Black Lion in Brighton to move, shake and donate. Over 140 tickets were sold with many more on the door, the atmosphere was fantastic. The main man of the night Andy Keetch, or @special_noodles as he is known on Twitter worked the room, with the help of Dan Richardson (@shortlisted) and Catherine Pryce (@prycie) all of Leapfrogg Digital Marketing, so a big thank you to Leapfrogg too for not only sponsorship, but support and enthusiasm for the night itself. With little over three weeks to drum up all the sponsorship the response from local businesses was fantastic, with special shout outs please to:Beachdown, Content & Motion, Daharmafly, iCrossing, NixonMcinnes and the Press Dispensary. Dragged from the slumbers of his hangover, Andy managed to say this :

“I’m really chuffed we managed to organise such a successful event at such short notice, not only was it a great party and chance to meet new tweple, but we also raised a load for money for a great cause”.

Twestival has gained a lot of press recently, having featured online in the broad range of news sites from the Sun to the Guardian running up to the night itself with many a celebrity joining the early adopters in the online digital world, however, last night was the opportunity for cities all across the world to get the twits together to ‘meet, tweet and donate’. Twitter is a 140 character micro blogging social media tool that has taken off in a massive way, and lends itself for sharing ideas, information, links, business, as well as the drab to the bizarre elements of peoples lives including preference for lunch and hangover cures (of which much was needed this morning I am sure). Twestival connected the mass of followers we have all gained ‘in real life’ and was the perfect stage to put a face to a name, network and ultimately have a great deal of fun!

A game of ‘Twingo’ had been conceived well in advance by local whiz kid @akacarlos (it’s bingo with Twitter avatars) and with a prize of tickets to Beachdown Festival, £600 was raised for that alone with @prycie and @Laurenfisher on a hard sales whirlwind around the room. Compered by local charmer @willmcinnes, he had some moving words to address the room before the games began, and this the morning after the night before:

“Judging by the hangover, Brightwest rocked. It was friendly, lively and silly, and all for charrideee. Best of all, it brought together some of the wonderful people that make up Brighton’s creative DNA that otherwise wouldn’t have met.”

Peppered with a bit of ‘Twit it on’, £1 for a track and a raffle with an abundance of prizes including a bamboo keyboard from Minkbaby (very Brighton, very ethical!) the evening wound up with some serious shape throwing on the dance floor so thanks to @rah_rah for starting off the dancing and all the DJ’s that helped out including @oswald808, @beansbeansbeans and @Bennap for the vinyl! Overall the evening was a resounding success, some fantastic feedback of the night, generosity from all that attended and is testament to the close knit community of digital people of Brighton.

Thanks for photographers www.flickr.com/lukielou of yougotpapped.com and www.flickr.com/photos/tristanbailey/
Props for fatsand.com for filming and @rosiefresh for the vox pops!

Here are some tweets of feedback:

I have a twangover @huddlesuz 🙂

CliveAndrews: Just remembered the multiple occasions last night when #Brightwest strangers asked me if I was @stevepurkiss! I think it’s a hairstyle thing

rogerwarner: big up to the #brightwest crew – esp @special_noodles & @rosiefresh & team – top night. take home: must type better. twitter not twatter.

JimCallender: Loving the energy from tonights #brightwest #twestival Wow, who knows where
this will go. Great to meet new people and friends. Shanti!

Greevsie @Prycie Had lots of fun last night – thanks to you all for organising!
miss_scribbler @Prycie yes i had a brilliant time despite only knowing a few folks from previous lives. a bus & friend chicken saved me, as did escaping !

robshepherd @Prycie didn’t get anywhere near winning Twingo (3 off) even tho I knew all but 1 name on my sheet. But brilliant #twestival night. Thankyou

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