Brighton Festival

'Brighton Festival has been at the forefront... an arts festival that makes connections with the real world' The Times

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.

Discover more about past Festivals with videos, pictures and podcasts in our Extras section.

Read our News round-up of 2015's events to give you an idea of the fun that awaits you in 2016.