Brighton Festival 2016Counting down to our 50th
Festival this May

155 results

Gillian Wearing

Sat 30 Apr - Sun 29 May
University of Brighton Gallery

A collaborative work which captures a snapshot of 'views' from windows

Luminary

Sat 9 Apr - Sun 29 May
Fabrica

A series of beautiful LED light-drawings at locations across the city

Writing Home

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
The Writers’ Place

New Writing South will be throwing open its doors to get people writing about…

Unlimited: Three Films

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Café-bar

Three films examining society's attitudes to real lives

The Sprawl

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
Lighthouse

Installation that argues the internet has become a disruptive super weapon

The Doorways Project

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May

An outdoor sound installation, inspired by experience of life on the street

Giddy Brighton

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Walk vicariously down memory lane with memories of Brighton & Hove life

FutureGazers

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
ONCA Gallery

What will Brighton look like in 50 years?

Fanfare

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
Clock Tower

Local artist Bec Britain decorates the clock tower with a 1960’s inspired…

Adopt an Author

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May

This exciting project to promote literacy and writing sees primary schools…

Digging for Shakespeare

Sat 7 - Sun 22 May
Roedale Valley Allotments

A unique promenade performance marking Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Children’s Parade

Sat 7 May
Royal Pavilion, Music Room
Brighton Dome Café-bar

What better way to begin the 50th Brighton Festival than with a cavalcade of…

The Last Resort

Sat 7 - Sun 29 May
Portslade Beach

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

Pitch Perfect

Sat 7 May
Brighton Dome Café-bar
Royal Pavilion, Music Room

Come and hear Brighton’s brightest and best in this annual feast of music…

Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners) - Touch tour

Sat 7 - Sun 8 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

For a visually impaired patrons to access the stage and set before an event

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…

Operation Black Antler

Sat 7 - Sat 28 May

Explore the ethics of surveillance in this new immersive theatre piece

The Litvinenko Inquiry

Sat 7 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

A shocking story, with corruption and subterfuge at every turn

London Symphony Orchestra

Sat 7 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

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

Charles Linehan Company

Sat 7 - Sun 8 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

A return to Brighton Festival with a contrasting double bill of new works

Portraits in Motion

Sat 7 - Wed 11 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Volker Gerling brings his photographic flipbooks to life

Three Score Dance

Sun 8 May
West Pier Beach

Brighton's contemporary dance company for the over-60s return with new work

No Home Movie

Sun 8 May
Duke's at Komedia

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

Know My Neighbour

Sun 8 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Discussing social isolation, one of the most damaging issues in our society

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

Tindersticks

Sun 8 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Performing new album The Waiting Room to a backdrop of short films

Amalthea Duo

Mon 9 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

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

Smoke and Mirrors

Mon 9 - Tue 10 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Circus as you’ve never seen it before: audacious and thought-provoking

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Tue 10 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A vivid cornucopia of musical periods, moods and foreign lands

Music for Dogs

Tue 10 May
Brighton Open Air Theatre

A 20-minute piece, specifically designed for the canine ear

Yanis Varoufakis

Tue 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Former Greek finance minister and campaigner against austerity

New Blood: 130701

Tue 10 May
The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the pioneering label 130701

Heart of a Dog

Tue 10 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

A reflection on love, language and death inspired by Laurie's pet Lolabelle

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

The Encounter

Wed 11 - Sun 15 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Tracing Loren McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest

The Complete Deaths

Wed 11 - Sun 15 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Spymonkey performs all 74 onstage deaths from the works of Shakespeare

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

Chiflón: The Silence of the Coal

Thu 12 - Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Silencio Blanco confronts the black silence of Chile’s mining history

Bridget Christie

Thu 12 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Laser-witted stand-up show and her new book, A Book For Her

Lou Reed Drones

Fri 13 - Tue 17 May
The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel

Feedback loops from his guitars and amps create an emotional experience

The Soldier - From Severn to Somme

Fri 13 May
All Saints Church

An eclectic programme of songs, lieder and chansons

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Fri 13 - Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the world's most celebrated dance companies returns

Of Riders and Running Horses

Fri 13 - Sun 15 May
Withdean Stadium

Under the cover of darkness, we find a space in the margins of the city in…

African Dance Party

Fri 13 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Contemporary Africa with Sharp Dress and Sounds – Come to Dance!

Vox Luminis - Light and Shadow

Fri 13 May
All Saints Church

The a cappella choir performs works from the English Renaissance

Bed

Sat 14 May
George Street, Hove
East Street

A nomadic street event popping up around the streets of Brighton

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

A Weekend Without Walls

Sat 14 May
Easthill Park

Get ready for a weekend of fun and adventures for the whole family

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

BAFTA Kids: TV Comedy Workshop

Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Watch clips of BAFTA nominated shows and learn about what makes them funny

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

Chris Riddell: Ask the Laureate

Sat 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Ask him anything and he will be drawing the answers to your questions

Sara Pascoe

Sat 14 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Comedy storytelling about empathy and its limitations

Bed

Sun 15 May
East Street
George Street, Hove

A nomadic street event popping up around the streets of Brighton

Guy Parker-Rees

Sun 15 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Enjoy stories, lots of drawing and a dance from Gerald the Giraffe

A Weekend Without Walls

Sun 15 May
East Brighton Park

Get ready for a weekend of fun and adventures for the whole family

Release your inner cartoonist with Harry Venning

Sun 15 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Learn how to transform a blank piece of paper into a riot of laughs

Sans Soleil (Sunless)

Sun 15 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

A poetic documentary tour of Tokyo, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland & San Francisco

Chris Riddell: Poems and Pictures Live

Sun 15 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

See Chris’s enchanting illustrations take shape before your eyes

Takacs Quartet

Sun 15 May
Glyndebourne

The legendary chamber ensemble charts the evolution of Romanticism

Brighton Youth Orchestra

Sun 15 May
All Saints Church

An exuberant concert by Brighton’s finest young musicians

Comeback Special

Sun 15 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Greg Wohead's re-enactment of Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Sort of

A Voyage Around My Bedroom

Mon 16 May
Jubilee Square

Make tiny journeys with the outlook of a great explorer

Blackouts - Twilight of the Idols

Mon 16 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

‘Drag fabulist’ Dickie Beau channels the ghosts of his childhood idols

Can I Start Again Please

Mon 16 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Investigating the power and failings of language to tell and hide truths

Real Life Actually

Tue 17 - Sat 28 May
St Nicholas' Church

A film and 3D surround-sound installation inspiring us to acknowledge death

A Voyage Around My Bedroom

Tue 17 May
Royal Pavilion Garden

Make tiny journeys with the outlook of a great explorer

This Is How We Die

Tue 17 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A spiraling odyssey of pitch-black humour and nightmarish prose

Song Conversation

Tue 17 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Our Guest Director Laurie Anderson is joined by fellow musician-composers

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Tue 17 - Sat 21 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Funny, sad, raucously rude - a musical play about singing, sex and sambuca

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

Tue 17 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton's Paradise Lost

Alfred Brendel

Tue 17 May
Royal Pavilion, Music Room

The legendary pianist is as eloquent with words as he is with music

Luka Okros

Wed 18 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The virtuosic Georgian pianist plays Debussy, Beethoven and Liszt

Charlotte Brontë at 200

Wed 18 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Novelist Tracy Chevalier marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë's birth

Slideshow

Wed 18 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A specially created performance monologue about place and places

Duke Garwood

Wed 18 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The veteran blues-rock man in a headline performance

Bronte Hudnott and Joseph Havlat

Thu 19 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The Australian flautist offers both the classical and the contemporary

Young City Reads 2016

Thu 19 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Brighton & Hove’s Big Read for young people returns!

Slap & Tickle

Thu 19 - Fri 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The maverick, indomitable, fearless performance artist Liz Aggiss

Phronesis

Thu 19 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Catchy hooks, complex changes, crackling rhythms and tight-knit grooves

Gemma Lois Summerfield and Simon Lepper

Fri 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Competition winner performs chansons and Lieder

The Great Flight: Poems about Refugees

Fri 20 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Brings together poetry written by and about migrants

At Home

Fri 20 - Sat 21 May
Angel House

Home Live Art has taken up temporary residence in the exquisite Angel House

The Marian Consort - Breaking the Rules

Fri 20 May
All Saints Church

This tour de force performance is a mesmerising fusion of drama and music

Fuga Perpetua

Fri 20 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The more we read and hear about refugees, the less it seems that we understand…

Hacienda Classical

Fri 20 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Taking the euphoria of the legendary club nights to a whole new level

Julia Copus

Sat 21 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Meet the characters, play games, and enjoy a lovely reading from the author

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Sat 21 - Sun 22 May
The Grand Hotel

Welcome aboard! The boy and a bear set out to sea

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat - Touch tour

Sat 21 May
The Grand Hotel

For visually impaired patrons to access the stage and set before an event

Touch Tour - Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Sat 21 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

For visually impaired patrons to access the stage and set before an event

Poetry Workshop with Vanessa Kisuule

Sat 21 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

How to find your unique voice and style from a leading voice in poetry

Clairière Urbaine

Sat 21 May
Lavender Street, Kemptown

Aerial choreography in the bustle of city streets

Shakespeare Untold

Sat 21 - Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The stories you know from the characters you don’t

The Idiot Brain

Sat 21 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores the most bizarre workings of the brain

Chris Riddell: Picture Book Masterclass

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Find out everything you need to know about creating a picture book

Big Steam Print

Sun 22 May
The Level

Bringing the magic of printing into the open air for all to see

Death Market

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Café-bar

Come and ask about one of the most taboo subjects

Writing Workshop with Sita Brahmachari

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Gain writing tips, discuss storytelling and have a creative brainstorm

Let's Talk About Death

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

What constitutes a good death and how to plan for one of life’s certainties

The Human Face

Sun 22 May
Duke's at Komedia

An examination of mankind’s obsession with its own image

The Dream of Gerontius

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

With the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

How a Woman is Made: Sara Pascoe and Laura Bates

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Both tackle femininity and the media's portrayal of women

The New Writing South Annual Lecture: Nikesh Shukla

Sun 22 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Nikesh Shukla talks about his recent calls for increased diversity in books

Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists

Mon 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A performance of operatic excerpts from every corner of the repertory

Complicity and the ethics of undercover security

Mon 23 May
The Old Courtroom

What is the state justified in doing to protect its citizens?

Artificial intelligence and the future of gaming

Mon 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Video games are set to change drastically over the next decade

Zvizdal

Mon 23 - Wed 25 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The poignant story of survival, hope and love in a ghost town

Laura Mvula

Mon 23 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

One of the most distinctive musical talents to come out of the UK

Dr Blighty

Tue 24 - Sat 28 May
Royal Pavilion Garden

Immersive installations, ambient soundscapes and theatrical interludes

Foyle–Stsura Duo

Tue 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The duo perform a cheerful programme of Schubert, Prokofiev and Brahms

Anthony Burrill

Tue 24 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

How to use words properly and avoid cliché or cheesy sentimentality

Moments of Weightlessness

Tue 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Pianist, inventor and performer Sarah Nicolls returns with a solo show

Correction

Tue 24 - Wed 25 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

A beautifully poignant piece about our lack of freedom

Alexander Soares

Wed 25 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

One of the country’s most dynamic young talents

Bodyline

Wed 25 May
Ship Street

A free outdoor show from Gauri Sharma Tripathi’s company of dancers ANKH

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Wed 25 - Sun 29 May
Brighton Open Air Theatre

This riotous new production is led by a joyful ensemble of players

I for India

Wed 25 May
Duke's at Komedia

Documentary following doctor and hobbyist filmmaker from India to England

Brahms & Schumann Song

Wed 25 May
Royal Pavilion, Music Room

A performance of works by the supreme masters of Lieder

Antahkarna

Wed 25 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Kathak is the classical dance form of northern India, defined by fluid grace,…

Y–Squared

Thu 26 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A programme demonstrating the wide-reaching artistry of the imaginative duo

The EU Referendum

Thu 26 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Debating the EU exit and pro-Europe campaigns as they gather momentum

Marlon James

Thu 26 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Join us for an evening with 2015 Man Booker Prizewinner Marlon James

Akram Khan Company: Until The Lions

Thu 26 - Fri 27 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the most respected figures in the dance world, Akram Khan returns to…

Trio Isimsiz

Fri 27 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Music of power and substance from the prize-winning Trio Isimsiz

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Meet the cast

Fri 27 May

Meet the cast of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'.

Past Historic, Future Perfect: New Buildings in Historic Settings

Fri 27 May
Brighton College

How should we approach designing new buildings and adapting old ones?

Stella

Fri 27 - Sat 28 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

A new show inspired by the strange life and lonely death of Ernest Boulton

Mark Haddon

Fri 27 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The author reads from his new collection of short stories

Beth Orton

Fri 27 - Sat 28 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Beth Orton returns to the UK for two shows at Brighton Festival

Alexei Sayle

Fri 27 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Chronicles of a time when comedy and politics collided

Masquerade

Sat 28 May
George Street, Hove

Enter the Masquerade Ball, a world of anonymity and duplicity

The City Reads Book Swap

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

The pure pleasure of taking a little longer over the reading of a book

Letterpress by the Sea

Sat 28 - Sun 29 May
Hove Lawns

Pop-up letterpress studio housed in a replica London Underground Tube tent

Emerge/ncy

Sat 28 - Sun 29 May
The Level

Overnight, a strange portal emerges in Brighton...

Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Catapluf just can’t stay away after last year’s sell-out success!

Catapluf’s Musical Journey - Touch tour

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

For visually impaired patrons to access the stage and set before an even

Our Future City

Sat 28 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Interact with young local artists, experience creativity through their eyes

Murder Mysteries and Bun Breaks

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Discuss the witty and intriguing whodunnits set in a girls’ boarding school

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A special concert marrying classical music traditions from East and West

Minefield

Sat 28 - Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Lola Arias returns with new work about the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas

Debashish Bhattacharya

Sat 28 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the great artists of world music plays a traditional raga concert

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Touch tour

Sun 29 May
Brighton Open Air Theatre

For visually impaired patrons to access the stage and set before an event

Derek Landy

Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Action-packed, loaded with razor-sharp wit, guaranteed to set pulses racing

City Reads 2016: Paul McVeigh

Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

People across the city have been reading Paul McVeigh’s astonishing debut

Dr Blighty: Commemorations

Sun 29 May
Royal Pavilion Garden

We bring the week to a close by laying a wreath at the Indian Gate

The Moon and the Sledgehammer

Sun 29 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

A rare screening of a cult classic

Edward Marshall Hall: A Law Unto Himself

Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Discussing one of the most famous advocates of all time

Penny Arcade

Sun 29 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Force of nature and New York’s undisputed queen of the underground

Floating Points Live

Sun 29 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Dance music trailblazer Sam Shepherd performs with a full live band