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Guest Director 2017: Kate Tempest

We are delighted that the Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest.

Described by the Guardian as ‘one of the brightest British talents around',’Tempest’s prolific artistic output across multiple disciplines has attracted her considerable acclaim and a unique range of audiences. Having made her live debut as a spoken-word artist at just sixteen, Tempest initially conceived of herself as a rapper, however she is now equally at home as a poet, novelist, musician and playwright - garnering extraordinary success in each field.

Kate Tempest’s appointment as Guest Director follows a number of successful appearances at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. After her acclaimed play Wasted sold out Brighton Festival 2012, Tempest performed Brand New Ancients to two full houses in the Corn Exchange as part of Brighton Dome’s spring 2014 programme. In 2015 she headlined an exclusive Brighton Festival event alongside fellow wordsmiths George the Poet and Hollie McNish.

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Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010; the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011; actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012; poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013; choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2015; award-winning author Ali Smith in 2015 and pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson

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