Brighton Festival

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Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival

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The Brighton Festival is an annual arts festival which takes place in the city of Brighton and Hove in England each May. It was founded in 1965 as part of the Federation of Brighton Student’s Arts-Rag Week. It is England’s largest annual festival.  The 2006 festival organised over 200 events during 23 days which were attended by over 500,000 people.

The festival is launched with the Children’s Parade and includes outdoor spectaculars often involving pyrotechnics, and a great deal of theatre, music, literature and visual arts in venues throughout the city, some of which are brought into this use exclusively for the festival.

One feature of the festival is the Artists Open House concept, whereby artists and craftspeople literally open up their houses for the public to view or buy their work.

The Festival regularly commissions new work from companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre; 2006’s Festival included the world premiere of new work by Stomp’s Brighton-based creators, Yes/No Productions. It also encourages cross-fertilisation between different art forms, such as 2006’s “Stories In Motion”, a multimedia collaboration between Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh and Orbital’s Phil Hartnoll; also 2006’s “Warp Moves”, a collaboration between artists from Warp Records and dancers from Random Dance.

Guest directors

Since 2009, the festival has featured guest artistic directors: in that year, Anish Kapoor fulfilled the role,  followed in 2010 by Brian Eno,  in 2011 by Aung San Suu Kyi,  in 2012 by Vanessa Redgrave,  in 2013 by Michael Rosen, in 2014 by Hofesh Shechter,  and in 2015 by Ali Smith.

See also

  • Brighton Fringe (England’s largest arts festival)
  • Edinburgh Fringe (the UK’s largest arts festival)
  • Norfolk and Norwich Festival (The UK’s oldest arts festival)

Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing festival, which continues to win critical acclaim for its ambitious and daring programme. As England’s biggest curated mixed arts festival, Brighton Festival attracts some of the most innovative artists and companies (and some of the most adventurous audiences) from the UK and around the world.

In 2015, we welcomed Ali Smith as our seventh Guest Director. Previous Guest Directors have included critically-acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter  poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen; actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave; Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; renowned visual artist Anish Kapoor; and celebrated musician Brian Eno.

Brighton Festival is produced and delivered by the same team that runs the city’s leading arts venue, the Grade I listed Brighton Dome. Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is a registered charity (registered as Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd) – you can support our work by joining as a Member or Patron, getting involved as a sponsor or making a donation.

Brighton är en känd turistort i södra England. Här anordnas årligen festivalen Brighton Festival under ett veckoslut och ytterligare tre veckors tid. 2015 anordnas Brighton Festival mellan 2 -25 maj

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