It was sooooo good to be back live and in-person again! There was such a buzz as both regular and new Soupers gathered at Community Base and the projects got ready for their pitches.
The kitchen was busy with soup being prepared and raffle tickets were selling like hot cakes! And we were free of zoom! Read on for how the evening went and who won the prize fund…
On Friday, for our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the third time.
Since BrightonSoup first started in 2015 we have raised over £24,000 for local community projects, all thanks to you, the audience. So despite some uncertainty when first planning this, our 23rd BrightonSoup, we decided to go ahead with another Zoom event to ensure we could carry on raising money.
The decision paid off with everyone who replied to a quick quiz on Friday night answering that BrightonSoup is “the best feel-good event around – supporting community projects to do their thing in the community”
For our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the second time.
The success and feedback from our first online Soup in March meant we decided to go online again, rather than wait longer for a real life Soup. Even though many are now hitting ‘peak Zoom’ a Zoom Soup is way better than most video meetings :), and we had a lovely turnout for a June evening.
We raised £445.75 from ticket sales and prize fund donations and 100% of Zoom Soupers gave the evening 4 or 5 stars. We had some people brand new to BrightonSoup as well as some who have been at every Soup since our very first one. So a really wonderful mix of people all contributing and quizzing the projects on their pitches before hitting the online voting.
Sue Hunter from The HIV Hour delivered the winning pitch and received £445.75 which will enable Sue and the team of volunteers to rent studio space so they can continue with their weekly broadcast on Radio Reverb.
For our 21st BrightonSoup event we went online for the very first time.
Our last in-person Soup was in December 2019, and the pandemic meant we could not hold a Soup for the whole of 2020. However, we had heard that some fellow Soups (there are many across the UK and internationally) had held online versions of a Soup evening, so we thought we would give it a go…
Team Soup embarked on getting to know how Zoom worked for large groups and seeing how we could recreate as much of one of our evenings as possible. We couldn’t do it all – but on Friday 05th March a quite nervous Team Soup went live with over 100 people joining us to hear four fantastic pitches, see some soup being made and listen to live music.
Zoom can never recreate the same feeling of being together, but we raised a record amount (over £550) and 95% of everyone who attended said the evening was fabulous or good! So a massive thank you everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways, we will be holding another virtual Soup soon!
It has been a while since our last blog, and sadly even longer since our last Soup. 2020 has meant we haven’t been able to hold our spring, summer or, even worse, our favourite Christmas Soup.
However, inspired by some fellow Soupers in different parts of the country, the Brighton Soup team are working on plans to hold a virtual Soup in March 2021.
We can’t all be in the same room but we are aiming to recreate the spirit and fun of a real life Brighton Soup online.
You will be able to buy a ticket and then access the virtual Soup live via Zoom on the night.
There will be:
- Four projects doing short pitches via Zoom, with time for questions
- A soup making demo with a delicious recipe so you can make it at home and eat along
- A musical interlude
- Online voting for your favourite project
So, we hope to see you for Soup on Zoom in March. Tickets will be on sale in the New Year, so watch this space.
If you are an organisation who would like to apply to pitch at our very first Virtual Soup, you can do so here.