Brighton Festival 2016Counting down to our 50th
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Video: Full Dr Blighty projections

One of the 50th Brighton Festival’s biggest talking points was Nutkhut's Dr Blighty; an ambitious, large-scale, immersive outdoor experience co-commissioned in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, which highlighted the story of wounded Indian soldiers hospitalised in Brighton during the First World War. Ending each night with a spectacular light display using projection-mapping, Dr Blighty captivated audiences and critics alike. With audiences reaching almost 50,000 over its five day run, it set the city and social media abuzz.

Look back over Brighton Festival 2016 Highlights

Re-live some of the highlights of the milestone 50th Brighton Festival - with pioneering artist Laurie Anderson as Guest Director including the UK premiere of Anderson's Concert for Dogs, Lou Reed's Drones, Floating Points, Laura Mvula and more.

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.

If you enjoy this live stream then you might be interested in some of the events still coming up at Brighton Festival

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.

If you enjoy this livestream, then you might enjoy some of the events still coming up at Brighton Festival:

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.

Stella: An Encounter with a Truly Remarkable Person.

'Most of all, I hope people are going to realise that even though she's dead 100 years, and even though she lived this unimaginable life in a very different culture, in fact Stella is asking herself the same questions that we are all asking ourselves' Neil Bartlett


Award-winning director, writer and performer Neil Bartlett OBE talks to Kathy Caton about his new show Stella, co-commissioned by and premiering at Brighton Festival.

The show is inspired by Ernest Boulton – one half of the infamous Victorian cross-dressing duo Fanny and Stella - and intimately examines his strange life and lonely death.

In this interview, Neil discusses how he first discovered Stella, her extraordinary history, and how his work both past and current examines her life and character.

This new teaser trailer features the actors Oscar Battingham and Richard Cant as the enigmatic flipsides of Stella, and gives a glimpse into their tumultuous lives. 


From our Spotlight video series, Neil discusses bringing Stella to the 50th Brighton Festival and what he hopes audiences are going to get out of the show. 


Stella is on at the Theatre Royal, Fri 27 & Sat 28 May. Book now.

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.

Book now for Duke Garwood.

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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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If you enjoy this live stream, then you might be interested in some of the events still coming up at Brighton Festival:

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.