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Brighton Festival Live: Alexei Sayle

As Margaret Thatcher moved into Downing Street in 1979, Soho’s Comedy Store opened its doors with Alexei Sayle as its master of ceremonies. Sayle’s painfully funny new memoir, Thatcher Stole My Trousers, chronicles a time when comedy and politics collided in new and electrifying ways. Join the godfather of alternative comedy as he discusses his career, from Marxist art-school student to star of The Comic Strip and The Young Ones.


Read our interview & spend a quick Five minutes with Alexei Sayle ahead of the event.

Brighton Festival Live: Debashish Bhattacharya

Debashish Bhattacharya - slide guitar
Gurdain Rayatt - tabla

After being immersed in the twilight years of Edwardian England, emerge into the vivid Indian sunlight. Songlines Music Awards 2016 winner Bhattacharya will play a traditional raga concert, alongside virtuoso tabla player Gurdain Rayatt. Bhattacharya plays slide guitar, an instrument he has developed himself – a unique event from one of the great artists of world music.

Brighton Festival Live: Marlon James

Join us for an evening with 2015 Man Booker Prizewinner Marlon James. A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of an attempt to assassinate Bob Marley in 1976, a novel described by the New York Times as a ‘Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come… sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex’. Spanning three decades, the novel uses multiple voices – CIA agents, drug dealers, ghosts, beauty queens – to explore the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics.

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Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Guardian Gaming - Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Gaming

The way video games are made is set to change drastically over the next decade. Through 'procedural generation', games like Minecraft can create whole new landscapes every time you play, while advances in artificial intelligence allow computer controlled characters that can build new stories based on player preferences. Guardian games editor Keith Stuart talks to an expert panel of designers and programmers about what this all means for the future of games and the people who play them.


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Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Let's Talk About Death

The Brighton and Sussex Medical School Debate

It’s official – the UK is the best place in the world to die. But what does this actually mean? It seems death is still a taboo subject that we would rather skirt around than sit down and discuss candidly.

This engaging discussion will range over many aspects of death and dying, including living while you’re dying, what constitutes a good death and how to plan for one of life’s few certainties.

The panel of experts includes Tim Crouch, director of The Complete Deaths at this year’s Festival; Dame Barbara Monroe, ex Chief Executive of St Christopher’s Hospice; Dr Andrew Thorns, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Pilgrims Hospice, Kent; Doctor Paul Davies, Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sussex; and Andreas Hiersche, Lead Clinician Palliative Care, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust.

The event will be chaired by Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at BSMS.

Also on is the Death Market, a drop-in session about everything and anything you have ever wanted to know about death.

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Dr Blighty
This installation and series of events commemorates the Indian soldiers who were given medical care in Brighton's Royal Pavilion estate during the First World War, examining their legacy through their history and the letters they sent. 

Minefield
Argentinian artist Lola Arias brings together veterans from both sides the Falklands-Malvinas conflict to examine and re-enact their memories and how they are still affected, 33 years later. 

Zvizdal (Chernobyl - so far so close)
Acclaimed theatre company Berlin brings you a 'filmic portrait' of an elderly couple who refuse to leave their home. A poignant story of survival, hope and love in a ghost town.

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Duke Garwood

‘Duke Garwood is the real thing… an old soul and a saint’ Kurt Vile

Veteran blues-rock man and multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood is most definitely the musician’s musician. Mark Lanegan, with whom Garwood collaborated on 2013’s Black Pudding, calls him a ‘musical genius’, while Josh T Pearson says his songs are ‘as close to heaven as you can get with a guitar’.

Newly signed to Heavenly, Garwood’s acclaimed fifth solo album Heavy Love, his first since 2011’s Dreamboatsafari, sees his intriguing brand of powerful, understated blues on top form. Special guests Smoke Fairies and Woven Entity join Garwood to perform a mix of old and new material. Don’t miss one of contemporary rock’s best kept secrets in a headline performance at Brighton Dome.

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Moments of Weightlessness
Pianist, inventor and performer Sarah Nicolls developed her unique ‘inside-out piano’ to explore the belly of the instrument and to coax out its hidden sounds. See this monumental piano in surprising motion, hear the beautiful melodies and textures of Sarah’s piano-songs and contemplate the moments of life where everything seems to stand still.

Beth Orton
Beth Orton has been one of the country’s most unique and beguiling voices in contemporary music for the past two decades. She returns to the UK for two shows at Brighton Festival premiering highly anticipated new material exploring her electronic roots. 

Floating Points
Dance music trailblazer Sam Shepherd – otherwise known as Floating Points – is renowned for his ambitious, forward-thinking DJ sets around the world. Performing with a full live band, don’t miss what promises to be a remarkable live performance from one of electronic music’s most perceptive new artists.

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: The Soldier: From Severn to Somme

Christopher Maltman baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano

Including works by Butterworth, Gurney, Somervell, Mahler, Musorgsky, Schumann, Wolf, Finzi and Poulenc

In the first of two recitals by Malcolm Martineau, the pianist accompanies the celebrated baritone Christopher Maltman – hailed as one of the country’s leading exponents of song ever since winning the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Colouring the contrast between the idyll of Edwardian England and the horrors of the Great War, an eclectic programme of songs, lieder and chansons charts the soldier's experience, from boyhood to battlefield and beyond.

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Gemma Lois Summerfield and Simon Lepper
A selection of chansons and Lieder showcases the expressive talents of Gemma Lois Summerfield, who won the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, accompanied here by vocal specialist Simon Lepper.

The Marian Consort - Breaking the Rules
Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, composed some of the most intense and glorious music of the Renaissance. He was also a brutal killer. As the obsessive composer relives the past and makes his final confession, the full horror of his crimes stands in stark contrast to his astonishing music. 

Philharmonia Orchestra
Music, words and imagery combine in this special concert. The Philharmonia Orchestra perform some of the best-loved English works of the period, including Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending (the nation’s favourite piece of classical music as voted by Classic FM listeners), alongside violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath's own traditional music scored for violin, orchestra and Indian folk instruments. 

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Michael Morpurgo

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is spellbinding company, a master storyteller who has created some of the most brilliant children’s books of recent years. 

Join him as he talks about his work, which includes War Horse, Private Peaceful and Why the Whales Came, and hear all about his latest book, An Eagle in the Snow, the extraordinary story of the man who could have stopped World War Two before it even began.

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Poetry Workshop with Vanessa Kisule
23-year-old award-winning poet Vanessa Kisuule will show you how to find your unique voice and writing style and teach the performance and breathing techniques that will help your words get heard.

New Writing South Annual Lecture: Nikesh Shukla
Nikesh Shukla discusses his recent calls for increased diversity in literature and asks: "Do I need to see myself in stories to enjoy them?"

Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant
creator Derek Landy’s epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America continues in Demon Road: Desolation. Join Derek to get a sneak peek of what will happen in the thrilling closing chapter of the trilogy.

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Yanis Varoufakis

In his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis assesses the history of the European monetary union.

A passionate campaigner against austerity, Varoufakis argues that it is a fundamental threat to Europe and to the global economy. He also shows that the origins of the Eurozone crisis lie not with governments or the banks but in its founding structure. 

He will talk to Channel 4 economics editor and Guardian columnist Paul Mason about the current crisis and present his case for economic reform.

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Chiflón: The Silence of the Coal
Premiering in the UK, Silencio Blanco confronts the black silence of Chile’s mining history and the personal histories of the miners in this unique and poignant work. 

Fuga Perpetua
Meaning 'always running', this potent and thought-provoking new work by Yuval Atival combines music, sound, movement and visual projection to reflect and give insight on the situation of refugees and displaced people. 

New Writing South Annual Lecture: Nikesh Shukla
Nikesh Shukla discusses his recent calls for increased diversity in literature and asks: "Do I need to see myself in stories to enjoy them?"

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Smoke and Mirrors

Circus as you’ve never seen it before: audacious and thought-provoking, technically brilliant and profound. The Ricochet Project is pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus using poetic acrobatics, contemporary dance, contortion and high-flying feats to explore the human condition. Revealing the inner workings of the mind and our search to find a place of realness and connection in an enduring culture of illusion, Smoke and Mirrors is a mesmerising and intimate two-hander for grown-ups.

Caution: contains strobe lighting and partial nudity


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Belonging(s)
Thoughts of migration, belonging and the fleeting nature of what surrounds us are subtly provoked by this site-responsive promenade piece, which combines contemporary dance, physical theatre and an unusual use of objects and locality.

Clairière Urbaine
French company Retouramont creates an opening in the dense sprawl of the city – a ‘clairière urbaine’, or urban clearing – for this free outdoor dance performance. Finding outlets for its expressive aerial choreography in the bustle of city streets, its dancers integrate into the architecture and populate the empty spaces between the buildings, monuments and thoroughfares of the urban jungle.

Correction
Imagine a world where you can’t progress despite your best efforts to push forward. Multi-awardwinning Czech company VerTeDance presents a beautifully poignant dance piece about our lack of freedom and our power to make decisions.