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The Last Resort

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
Portslade Beach

For those brave enough to return to a long deserted resort...

Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)

Sat 7 - Sun 8 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Will asks Father Christmas for a space ship, but he gets a piano instead. As…

London Symphony Orchestra

Sat 7 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the world’s great orchestras makes a long awaited return to Brighton

No Home Movie

Sun 8 May
Duke's at Komedia

The final film of the great Belgian film-maker Chantal Akerman

Howard Jacobson

Sun 8 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

A discussion with Guardian Book Club host John Mullan about his new novel

Dido and Aeneas

Sun 8 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Ann Murray brings her magisterial artistry to the role of Dido

Amalthea Duo

Mon 9 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A delightfully varied programme featuring work by Mozart, Einaudi and more

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Tue 10 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A vivid cornucopia of musical periods, moods and foreign lands

Yanis Varoufakis

Tue 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Former Greek finance minister and campaigner against austerity

Alke Quartet

Wed 11 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The Alke Quartet captures the many moods of the string quartet

Michael Morpurgo

Wed 11 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Master storyteller who created some of the most brilliant children's books

Brighton - Symphony of a City

Wed 11 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A fusion of silent film and live music inspired by our vibrant city

Lionel Shriver

Wed 11 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

A talk about her dark, witty and dystopian new novel, The Mandibles

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Fri 13 - Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the world's most celebrated dance companies returns

The Story Stew Show

Sat 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Is there a recipe that will make our stories taste even better?

BAFTA Kids: TV Presenting Masterclass

Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

A unique insight into the exciting world of television presenting

Daddy’s Sandwich

Sat 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Expect joining in, drawing, and helping make a gigantic sandwich yourself!

Kate Summerscale

Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Kate Summerscale returns to a murder scene in her new book, The Wicked Boy

Secret Homes

Sat 14 May
The Keep

A discussion pondering the meaning of ‘home’ to undercover operatives

Belonging(s)

Sat 14 - Sun 15 May
Kings House (meeting point)

Migration, belonging and the fleeting nature of what surrounds us