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In Pictures: Brighton Festival 2016

The 50th Brighton Festival is almost over, so we're taking a look back at the pictures from some of the shows and events we've loved the most. 

Picking out these images put a grin on our faces, and we hope it makes you smile too! 

Why not have a look through some more photos from this year's festival and re-live something special?

Photo credits: Victor Frankowski, Adam Weatherley, John Hunter

In Photos: Dr Blighty Pavilion Projections

Dr Blighty projections light up Brighton's Royal Pavilion from 9.30pm every day until Sat 28 May.

This major outdoor event in the Royal Pavilion Garden inspired by the story of the thousands of Indian soldiers who were treated in the temporary military hospital housed in Brighton Pavilion.

Dr Blighty is a Nutkhut production co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museums & 1418 NOW : WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.

Photos: Victor Frankowski

Discover more about Dr Blighty events and see what everyone's been saying about the whole project below...


In Pictures: Week 2

The second week of Brighton Festival 2016 saw two performances from our Guest Director Laurie Anderson: the spellbinding Song Conversation, where she performed with fellow musician-composers Nik Bärtsch and Eivind Aarset, and Slideshow, a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey touching on projects, memories and adventures from her past. 

On top of this, there were blockbuster performances from Duke Garwood and Haçienda Classical, Children's Laureate Chris Riddell answering questions and illustrating the answers live, the sonically spiritual Lou Reed Drones, and much more besides. 

Find out what's going on in the third and final week of Brighton Festival 2016. 

Photo credits Adam Weatherley, Vic Frankowski

Brighton Festival Brochure Covers: 2007 - 2016

Have a peek at Brighton Festival's recent brand history

Browse through the fifth decade of Brighton Festival Programme Covers. Here's to another five decades!

You can check out the the firstsecondthird and fourth decades of brochure covers, or find out more this year's branding to mark our milestone 50th anniversary. 

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In Pictures: For the Love of Dogs

Last month we launched a competition inspired by our Guest Director Laurie Anderson's canine concert Music For Dogs and her new film Heart of a Dog.

We asked you to send in photos of your dogs and tell us a bit about them, so we could pick 50 to be immortalised in a mural. We were touched and delighted by the stories we received, and it was pretty tough to pick just 50 for the wall. 

On Sat 14 May all the winning dogs had been painted and we invited dog and owner alike to come and see the mural. 

The dogs’ owners were delighted. One said, ‘I’m just a dog fan...for Stanley to be immortalised in the North Laine – I’m so proud!’

Another said, ‘I think it’s fantastic – he’s famous! We came to live in Brighton about two years ago…and the idea that our dog is now on a mural feels like we’ve finally arrived and been fully accepted into the city. It’s the happiest thing!’

Big thanks to Sinna One for creating such a fantastic piece! You can see it yourself in Kensington Street in Brighton's North Laine or check out some pictures of the piece in progress and the grand opening!

Photo credit: Vic Frankowski. 

Brighton Festival Brochure Covers: 1997 - 2006

Dip into Brighton Festival design history

Browse through the fourth decade of Brighton Festival Programme Covers.

You can check out the the firstsecond and third decades of brochure covers, or find out more this year's branding to mark our milestone 50th anniversary. 

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In Pictures: Week 1 continued...

As we embark on a whole new week of Brighton Festival events, we thought we'd share more photos from an incredible opening week. We hope you've enjoyed the first few days of our 50th Festival as much as we have.

Look back through this excellent week, which has featured the likes of  Vox Luminus, African Dance Party, Without Walls Weekend, Of Riders and Running Horses and so much more.

See what else is in store this Brighton Festival.

In Pictures: Music For Dogs

Brighton Festival plays host to the UK premiere of Laurie Anderson's unique concert for dogs this week. 


Brighton Festival played host to Guest Director Laurie Anderson’s Music for Dogs this week – a pair of concerts specially designed for the canine ear. Around 400 dogs were in attendance accompanied by their human counterparts at BOAT (Brighton Open Air Theatre).

This was the UK premiere of Music For Dogs following performances at Sydney Opera House, and again in New York’s Times Square earlier this year which made headlines around the world. The idea was initially prompted by a backstage conversation with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in which Laurie mused: 'Wouldn’t it be great if you’re playing a concert and you look out and everyone’s a dog?' 

Here is a selection of photographs from the evening.

Photo credit Vic Frankowski

In Pictures: Three Score Dance - Tall Tales

To celebrate the 50th Brighton Festival, Three Score Dance brought together 50 dancers aged over 50 to perform a very special dance piece on the beach. 

On a gloriously sunny day, crowds gathered on West Pier Beach to see Tall Tales, a specially commissioned piece choreographed by Lea Anderson drawing upon the history of Brighton Festival over five decades.

Enjoy these photos of the event! 

Photo credit Vic Frankowski

In Pictures: Week 1

Brighton Festival 2016 kicked off in grand sunny style with the Children's Parade (click to see more photos) on Saturday, and we've been celebrating since then! 

Here are a few photos from the first week, from the touching Portraits in Motion to a very special canine concert in Music For Dogs. 

Photos by Vic Frankowski, Tom Oldham, John Hunter and Adam Weatherley.