Brighton Festival 2017Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Get involved and be part of Brighton Festival 2017

‘Exhilarating, horizon-expanding, whirlwind of an experience. A privilege to be part of’. Naomi Alexander, theatre director, Collidescope Artist 2015

There are plenty of wonderful ways to get involved with Brighton Festival and we’d love you to be part of it. We’ve tonnes of volunteer and artist opportunities, with more being announced all the time. Read on to find out more...

Peacock Poetry Prize

For the 51st Brighton Festival, our annual poetry competition in partnership with Brighton & Hove 6th Form College (BHASVIC) takes the theme of ‘Everyday Epic’. 

Short Story Competition 

Lulu.com, sponsor of Brighton Festival commission the Storytelling Army, has launched a short story writing competition inspired by Guest Director Kate Tempest’s theme Everyday Epic.

Volunteering at Brighton Festival


Do you want to be part of the biggest annual mixed arts festival in England?

Volunteering with Brighton Festival  is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in developing their skills and knowledge within a busy arts organisation, whilst joining the festivities and helping to make this year's event happen. We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people who have a keen interest in the arts. Please volunteers at Brighton Festival for more info. 

Young City Reads

Young story-lovers, get ready to enjoy another thrilling book this year. You are invited to read and discuss A.F. Harrold’s Fizzlebert Stump The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) – the story of a boy, a book, some very bad people, some very brave deeds, and the importance of rubber teeth for lions.

This city-wide 'big read', brought to you by Collected Works CIC, is designed to spread a love of books to the widest possible audience of young readers throughout Brighton & Hove.

Children’s Parade

What better way to begin Brighton Festival than with a cavalcade of colour and cacophony? And what better theme for this special year than ‘Poetry in Motion’? Brighton Festival always kicks off with the Children’s Parade, an irresistible tide of fabulous costumes and music-making.

Celebrating our past but with an eye on the future, the 5000 participants from more than 80 schools and community organisations take inspiration from the people, places, ideas and innovations that shape Brighton’s unique character and identity.

Join in the festivities

Explore our programme and come and see a show - there’s heaps on offer – join in our celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events. Immerse yourself fully and challenge yourself to see all our free events this May too!

Keep an eye open for competitions. Rapid review will return, with plenty of tickets as prizes and there'll be plenty more competitive ways to get involved with Brighton Festival  – just watch this space…