Was there ever a better time to restore the tradition of formal debate? Where one side presents an argument while the other listens carefully before responding. This is what the Brighton & Hove Debating Society has been doing for over 60 years. Our membership reflects the cosmopolitan mix of the Brighton and Hove area
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Before COVID we met at St John’s Day Centre in Palmeira Square, but for the moment you can join us on Zoom. Please click here for more details on how to participate .
We believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and should be accorded a fair hearing. Throughout the year we debate a wide range of topics from matters of public concern to lighter subjects. The Chair presides to ensure everyone abides by a few simple rules: to talk within the given time limit and to listen to other speakers without interrupting.
In this way we maintain a friendly atmosphere.
After an unavoidable absence of several months we are delighted to announce that we are resuming activities from September 15th, and will be re-instating many of the debates from our previous programme. As our venue is still closed and is unlikely to reopen for hire imminently we have decided to follow the pattern of many other organisations, and much of the world debating community, by going online for a Zoom debate. We are optimistic that a large number of our members will by now be very familiar with this popular online meeting platform! Details for connecting to the Zoom session will be published at the beginning of September, so check back here regularly for updates, or join us on Meetup to receive emailed event reminders.
We have published a programme through to December 2020, and will decide the venue or online platform on a month-by-month basis as we receive updates from our venue at St John’s. If you have suggestions for topics for our 2021 programme do please make use of our Contact page