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Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Festival

The May Effect

30 May 2012

As Brighton Festival ends for another year, Chief Executive Andrew Comben looks at his highlights of this year's event: Brighton and Hove has revelled in another three weeks of art, entertainment, fun and reflection. But what’s it all for? Of course I believe the arts have an intrinsic value – offering…
Live_Transmission. Photo: Liz Johnson

BF2012 picks up 2 Latest Festival Awards

30 May 2012

Brighton Festival was honoured at the Latest Festival Awards 2012 on Monday 28 May by winning two awards at the packed ceremony.Live_Transmission - which saw musician Scanner and Heritage Orchestra, a gauze cube and a variety of music motifs courtesy of Joy Division transform Brighton Dome Concert Hall into an…
Waterlitz event shot

Brighton Festival 2012 comes to a close...

28 May 2012

All good things must come to an end and Brighton Festival is no exception.The Festival could not operate without the support of everyone involved and the team would like to extend their thanks to all those who have participated this year. Brighton Festival audiences are invited to feedback on their experience for…
Vanessa Redgrave 2012 - Photo by Annabel Clark

Vanessa Redgrave's Brighton Festival interview with The Guardian

27 May 2012

Back in April, this year's Guest Director Vanessa Redgrave gave her first interview about Brighton Festival to The Guardian, where she talked about her involvement and hopes for the Festival. 'I just hope it gives people the jolliest of times and offers nourishment for the soul.'Click here to read the full interview.
Apparition. Photo by Liz Johnson

11 Festival shows win Argus Angels

27 May 2012

Two more shows have been recognised with a much-coveted Argus Angel award, bringing Brighton Festival 2012's total to eleven! The Argus Angels are presented each year to artists and performers who truly stand out from the crowd. DV8's powerful Can We Talk About This? earned them one of…
Peacock Poetry winners

Young Poets Wow Judges

24 May 2012

The winners of this year’s Peacock Poetry Prize have been announced. Just four talented young wordsmiths were selected from a record 150 applicants. The prestigious annual award, produced in partnership with Brighton and Hove Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC), asks budding bards between the ages of 16 and…
An Instinct for Kindness

An Instinct for Kindness creator Chris Larner in the Guardian

18 May 2012

Writer and performer Chris Larner recently spoke to the Guardian about his personal experience with assisted dying how it inspired his play An Instinct for Kindness.'It's Tuesday 9 November 2010. Seven in the morning and I'm in a hotel in Switzerland, drinking espresso, smoking roll-ups and my head spinning cartwheels…
Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

The Kids Are Alright! - Young critics review the festival

14 May 2012

If there's a show for children, then why not let the children review it? As part of our partnership with Child Friendly Brighton, children have been casting their critical eye over performances to give us a different perspective of shows and the festival as a whole. From as young as 6 years old to the lofty heights of…
Graik Warfare

Grafik Warfare and Brighton Festival 2012 create unique street art campaign

3 May 2012

Brighton Festival is joining forces with urban artists Grafik Warfare to create artwork based on the colour schemes and imagery incorporated on the 2012 festival brochure cover. Using both traditional graffiti and yarn-bombing – where everyday items are covered in knitting – the Brighton-based collective will be leaving…

Acts arrive in style as Brighton Festival 2012 begins

2 May 2012

A fleet of 10 specially branded taxis will be out and about across the city this May as Brighton Festival 2012 join forces with Black Cab Advertising.Members from comedy theatre group Spymonkey and staff from charity SameSky – organisers of the annual Children’s Parade, who work with communities to create exciting…
Foyer Bar

Late night DJs start Brighton Festival with a bang

1 May 2012

Brighton Dome foyer will also be opening late every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with a host of post show entertainment through until midnight from an exciting spectrum of DJ’s, and now we've got the line-up for our opening Festival weekend!Sat 5 May from 22:30 - Wyndham Earl - Brighton based producer/musician/Dj/vinyl…