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Rachel Kneebone

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Remember that we sometimes demand definitions for the sake not of content,…

Portraits of Dissension

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Regency Town House

A new commission by renowned British contemporary artist Nathan Coley, this…

Gauge

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Circus Street Market

Throughout Brighton Festival, Circus Street Market will be transformed into…

Dawn Chorus

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Fabrica

Dawn Chorus, by British artist Marcus Coates, uses unique digital methods to…

Agnès Varda Installation

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
University of Brighton Gallery

We are delighted to celebrate legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda throughout…

A Murmuration

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
ONCA Gallery

What can we learn from a murmuration of birds?

Roundabout - An Introduction

Sat 2 May
Roundabout at Regency Square

Paines Plough is the national theatre of new plays. Its Roundabout auditorium…

Children’s Parade

Sat 2 May
Kensington Street

The Festival takes flight with the annual opening parade, which sees thousands…

The Performing Book

Sat 2 May
Black Rock

This colourful dance installation places the audience in the position of “gamer”…

Pitch Perfect

Sat 2 May
Music Room, Royal Pavilion

Follow a trail around the city’s cultural quarter to hear the best of young…

Nick Sharratt’s Draw-along

Sat 2 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Nick Sharratt’s drawings are instantly recognisable to a whole generation…

Beyond

Sat 2 - Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

After their heart-stopping performance in How Like an Angel (Brighton Festival…

Roundabout: Our Teacher’s A Troll

Sat 2 - Sat 16 May
Roundabout at Regency Square

Two terrible twins rule their school with terror and tyranny until the arrival…

Zoe Williams

Sat 2 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Has the NHS had its day? Has an immigrant stolen your job? Have you ever wondered…

The Apple Family Plays: An Introduction

Sat 2 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

An introduction to this series of plays

The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing

Sat 2 - Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

In That Hopey Changey Thing, the Apples reflect on the state of their family…

Roundabout: Lungs

Sat 2 - Fri 22 May
Roundabout at Regency Square

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not…

Stay-at-Home Dandy

Sat 2 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Decadent boozehound Luke Wright would love to spend his life flouncing around…

The Apple Family Plays: Sweet & Sad

Sat 2 - Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

In Sweet and Sad, a family brunch on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 stirs up…

Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Featuring: Jenny Adejayan celloMarcelo Andrade, Giuliano Pereira saxophone,…

Without Walls Weekend - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Reliquary - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

Louder than Words - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

Hold On - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of new and exciting outdoors…

Bill and Bobby - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of new and exciting outdoors…

BEES ! The Colony - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

8 Songs - Sun 3 May

Sun 3 May
Woodingdean Central Park

A huge hit at Brighton Festival 2012 with Smashed, Gandini Juggling makes a…

The Welcome Mat

Sun 3 May
The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel

The Spire is a new venue in East Brighton to experience great art and you are…

La Pointe Courte

Sun 3 May
Duke's at Komedia

Widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, this is a graceful…

Stephen Hough

Sun 3 May
Glyndebourne

One of the pre-eminent pianists of our time

Kamila Shamsie

Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The brilliant award-winning Pakistani/British author discusses her latest novel,…

The Apple Family Plays:: Richard Nelson In Conversation

Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

The Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington interviews Tony Award winning…

Agnès Varda: Screen Talk

Sun 3 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Agnès Varda was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European…

The Apple Family Plays: Sorry

Sun 3 - Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Sorry finds the Apples sorting through family anxieties and confusion on the…

Roundabout: The Initiate

Sun 3 - Fri 22 May
Roundabout at Regency Square

A British couple are seized by Somali pirates. In East London, a Somali taxi…

Jackie Kay

Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Playwright, novelist, but above all poet, Jackie Kay MBE is one of our literary…

The Apple Family Plays: Regular Singing

Sun 3 - Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Regular Singing, the deeply intimate fourth and final installment, is set on…

Small Fables

Mon 4 May
The Old Market

A host of hand-shadow animals assembles for this enchanting collection of little…

Without Walls Weekend - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Reliquary - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

Louder than Words - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

Hold On - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of new and exciting outdoors…

Bill and Bobby - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of new and exciting outdoors…

BEES ! The Colony - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

Join us from 12 noon each day for a packed afternoon of all these new and exciting…

8 Songs - Mon 4 May

Mon 4 May
Saltdean Oval

A huge hit at Brighton Festival 2012 with Smashed, Gandini Juggling makes a…

Agnes Varda - From Here to There

Mon 4 May
Duke's at Komedia

Part travelogue, part art documentary, part visual essay, this five-part series…

Isabelle Faust

Mon 4 May
All Saints Church

A breathtaking feat of solo virtuosity

On Liberty

Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Liberty is the UK’s oldest human rights organisation. It is a cross-party,…

Adopt an author

Tue 5 - Fri 8 May

In an exciting project to promote literacy and encourage writing, primary schools…

Laura Snowden and Tom Ellis

Tue 5 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Winners of the 2012 Ligita International Guitar Duo Competition

The Spalding Suite

Tue 5 - Wed 6 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

‘When we were young, we worshipped stars.Gleaming long-limbed godsframed…

The Lads in their Hundreds

Tue 5 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

A poignant mixture of war poetry and English music

Carol Ann Duffy

Tue 5 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009 - the first female in the role's…

GLOW

Wed 6 - Thu 7 May
The Old Market

A promenade performance for babies, toddlers and their carers

Louise Alder & James Baillieu

Wed 6 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A recital of Romantic songs

Ruth Scurr with Erica Wagner

Wed 6 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

John Aubrey redefined the art of biography. In his Brief Lives we meet Christopher…

Huw Wiggin & James Sherlock

Thu 7 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The versatile duo perform Bach, Stockhausen and more

Lucia’s Chapters of Coming Forth by Day

Thu 7 - Sat 9 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Obie award-winner and Tony nominee Maria Tucci stars as Lucia Joyce, the adored…

Boldness in the Face of a Blank Page

Thu 7 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The annual New Writing South lecture is a vibrant platform for debate, passions…

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Thu 7 - Fri 8 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say 'biscuit' 16,000 times…

The Company of Wolves

Thu 7 - Sat 9 May

A promenade theatre adventure for walkers and runnersAdapted by Shiona Morton

Alexander Karpeyev

Fri 8 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

One of the most glittering of the new generation of pianists

Vast White Stillness

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May
The Old Ship Cellars

Reality, imagination and memory blur in this intriguing new work by composer…

Squarepusher

Fri 8 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Since his earliest sonic experiments in the 1990s, revered producer, bass virtuoso,…

GoGo Penguin

Fri 8 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Making a welcome return to Brighton Festival, GoGo Penguin’s groove-heavy,…

The Imaginary

Sat 9 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Come and meet the creators of The Imaginary, the funny and frightening tale…

BAFTA Kids: Behind the Scenes

Sat 9 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

In a fascinating showcase of the films, television, games and websites nominated…

Guest Director’s Guests

Sat 9 May

Are you a writer aged under 30? Would you like the opportunity to meet our…

I Do, Do I

Sat 9 - Sun 10 May
The Old Market

How much power could you entrust to a group of children? Would you let them…

Piers Torday

Sat 9 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Piers Torday invites you along to celebrate the publication of his new novel,…

BAFTA Kids: TV Presenting Masterclass

Sat 9 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Cat Sandion and Ben Shires share their secrets in a fun workshop for children…

The Comic World of Alex Milway and Gary Northfield

Sat 9 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Find out about cartooning and comic illustration from two of the best illustrators…

Geminus

Sat 9 - Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The first discoveries in childhood are ones of instinctiveness, curiosity,…

I Do, Do I Workshop

Sat 9 May
The Old Market

Performer Greg Sinclair leads a series of fun tasks exploring experimental…

James Dawson

Sat 9 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Recently voted the ‘Queen of Teen’ and shortlisted for the first UKYA Book…

Sophia Jansson, Philip Ardagh & Philip Pullman…On Tove Jansson

Sat 9 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

The Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914–2001) is one of the best-loved…

Election 2015

Sat 9 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Introduced by Ali Smith and chaired by Polly Toynbee - the Guardian’s political…

Anna Calvi

Sat 9 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

In the four years since the release of her eponymous debut, singer, songwriter…

A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson

Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The best-selling author and former Children’s Laureate talks about her brand…

Liz Pichon

Sun 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Tom Gates is the daft, doodling, disaster-prone diarist whose fun-filled escapades…

Vagabond

Sun 10 May
Duke's at Komedia

This heartbreaking film opens with the jarring death of Mona, a young homeless…

Jim Smith

Sun 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

The creator of the Barry Loser series invites you to join him for an hour of…

Sunday in the Gallery with Ali Smith

Sun 10 May
ONCA Gallery

Our Guest Director Ali Smith would love to know what you’ve seen at Brighton…

The Just William Tea Party Quiz

Sun 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Do you know your Botts from your Browns? Do you long to unleash your inner…

Professor Roderick Kedward & Caroline Moorhead

Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Historian Roderick Kedward and writer Caroline Moorhead consider the complex…

Elif Shafak with Jacqueline Rose

Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Turkish novelist Elif Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling,…

DakhaBrakha

Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms, Ukrainian ‘ethnic…

Stephen Upshaw & Veronika Trisko

Mon 11 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Travel to far-off lands with Stephen Upshaw and Veronika Trisko

Dreams of a Life

Mon 11 May
Duke's at Komedia

Nobody noticed when Joyce Carol Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping…

Jianing Kong

Tue 12 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Performs technically challenging pieces in the piano repertoire

Look at me now, Mummy

Tue 12 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Foyer

Brighton Festival Associate Company Vincent Dance Theatre revives two seminal…

Underworld

Tue 12 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Brighton Festival Associate Company Vincent Dance Theatre revives two seminal…

Britten Sinfonia - Touch tour

Tue 12 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A touch tour around the orchestra

Britten Sinfonia

Tue 12 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Barbara Hannigan soprano, conductor

Teyber Trio

Wed 13 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Three gifted young instrumentalists

Underworld & Look At Me Now, Mummy

Wed 13 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Foyer

Brighton Festival Associate Company Vincent Dance Theatre revives two seminal…

Romeo and Juliet

Wed 13 - Sat 16 May
BOAT

The new Brighton Open Air Theatre opens with Shakespeare’s immortal tale…

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

Wed 13 - Sun 17 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

You are the centre of your little world and I am of mineNow and again we meet…

Rachel Holmes on Eleanor Marx

Wed 13 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Rachel Holmes’s sensational biography of Eleanor Marx – daughter of Karl…

Sam Lee's Nightingale Walk

Wed 13 - Thu 21 May

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Kate Tempest

Thu 14 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The irresistible rise of Kate Tempest has been truly remarkable. Starting at…

Gillian Beer

Thu 14 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Dr Gillian Beer, one of the world's great literary scholars and author of Darwin's…

Being Both

Thu 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

What is it to be a man or a woman? Are we all in some senses BOTH?

From the bottom of the well, the frog believes the sky is round

Fri 15 - Sat 16 May
Hilton Metropole

Mr Brin D’Avoine spends his life collecting houses; some so big that they…

Benjamin Appl & James Baillieu

Fri 15 May
All Saints Church

A programme of music from or inspired by Eastern Europe

Animals

Fri 15 May
All Saints Church

A joyously original programme of choral singing

Water Matters

Sat 16 May
Circus Street Market

The Brighton & Lewes Downs is now a UNESCO World Biosphere site, which…

Ear Trumpet

Sat 16 May
Queens Park

A rich seam of music has been discovered flowing through a geological fault…

451

Sat 16 May
Preston Barracks

Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this incendiary…

Ear Trumpet - Touch Tour

Sun 17 May
Queens Park

Get closer to the event with this free touch tour for visually impaired audiences. 

Archipelago

Sun 17 May
Duke's at Komedia

One of the most important voices in British independent cinema, Joanna Hogg’s…

I Know Where I’m Going!

Sun 17 May
Duke's at Komedia

Selected by film-maker Joanna Hogg to complement the screening of her feature…

Brighton & Hackney Youth Orchestras BBC Ten Pieces

Sun 17 May
All Saints Church

Brighton Youth Orchestra (Andrew Sherwood) and Hackney Youth Orchestra (Lawrence…

Masha Gessen

Sun 17 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

An exploration of freedom of speech and investigative journalism.

The Arbor

Mon 18 May
Duke's at Komedia

Winner of a host of awards, Clio Barnard's extraordinary debut feature is a…

Freeze

Mon 18 - Wed 20 May
Friends Meeting House

Once in a while something raises the hairs on the back of your neck, something…

Edmund De Waal

Mon 18 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Celebrated British ceramic artist Edmund de Waal is perhaps best known for…

Heath Quartet

Mon 18 May
Music Room, Royal Pavilion

One of the finest ensembles to have emerged in recent years

Cavaleri Quartet

Tue 19 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

An exciting young ensemble

The Forgotten / L’Oublié(e)

Tue 19 - Wed 20 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

An epic work at the cutting edge of contemporary French circus, which fuses…

Nina Conti

Tue 19 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Join comedian, ventriloquist, filmmaker Nina Conti for a screening of her BAFTA-nominated…

Give me a reason to live

Tue 19 - Wed 20 May
The Old Market

This solo performance by one of the UK’s foremost artists is inspired by…

Roundabout: Every Brilliant Thing

Tue 19 - Sun 24 May
Roundabout at Regency Square

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something…

Fragments Volume I

Tue 19 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Foyer

A vital presence on the North American and European dance scene and artistic…

Dominic J Marshall Trio

Tue 19 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Multi-award winning pianist, composer and beatmaker Dominic John Marshall is…

Concert for the Nations of Europe

Wed 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Camerata CayrascoSarah Sexton violinHeather Birt violaEligio Luis Quinteiro…

Camerata Cayrasco

Wed 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Concert for the Nations of Europe

Young City Reads - Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom

Wed 20 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Brighton & Hove’s ‘Big Read’ for children returns! This year young…

The Joey Arias Experience

Wed 20 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

With an impressive range and emotionally rich phrasing, Joey Arias is a vocalist…

Andy Miller

Wed 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

What makes a great book? Should we finish difficult books or ones we don’t…

Atea Wind Quintet

Thu 21 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The quintet is a proponent of contemporary and unusual works

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Thu 21 May
St George's Church

Love and the allure of Gypsy life threads through this recital

Julie Fowlis

Thu 21 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Brought up in the Outer Hebrides, Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist…

How We Used to Live

Thu 21 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

In 2009, director Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley…

Benjamin Clementine

Thu 21 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

When an unsigned 24-year-old Benjamin Clementine performed the title track…

The Red Chair

Fri 22 - Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

This intimate show tells the surreal story of a man who could not stop eating,…

The Inequality Conundrum

Fri 22 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Inequality is rising. By next year, Oxfam predicts that the richest 1% of the…

Cats Eyes’ live score for The Duke of Burgundy

Fri 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The lush dreamlike soundtrack for one of the most anticipated films of the

Carleen Anderson

Fri 22 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

‘For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson,’ Amy…

Carousel

Fri 22 - Sat 23 May

Leading the way in stylish and energetic dance theatre, Southpaw Dance Company…

Peacock Poetry Prize 2015

Sat 23 May

The theme of this year’s Peacock Poetry Prize, chosen by our Guest Director,…

Collidescope

Sat 23 May

Calling artists and creators across the artforms

Troll and the Oliver with Adam Stower

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Let your imagination run wild creating crazy characters with the award-winning…

Joyce and Polly Dunbar present Pat-a-cake Baby

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

The latest book by author Joyce Dunbar and her illustrator daughter, Polly,…

PSK Trio

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Africa Railway Project is the new live concept from Portuguese master bassist…

Poetry Workshop with Bridget Minamore

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Everyone has a poem or two inside them, and now it’s time to unleash yours…

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

Sat 23 - Sun 24 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

In the lands of the North, where the black rocks stand guard against the cold…

The Measure of All Things

Sat 23 - Sun 24 May
The Old Market

The Measure of All Things is a new live cinema performance by Academy Award-nominated…

The Hallé

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Manchester’s award-winning orchestra joins ranks with the BFC

Tricky

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Tricky makes complicated music because Adrian Thaws has had a complicated life,…

Guess How Much I Love You

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Is there anyone who hasn’t been enchanted by Sam McBratney’s Guess How…

Bookstory

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

In Brian’s library, the books are all in a muddle. Romance is rubbing shoulders…

Julia Donaldson

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Join one of our best-loved authors and her guitar-wielding husband Malcolm for…

Facing Cancer

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

The word elicits a strong emotional response. Rates are increasing, one in…

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

For as long as we humans can remember, we've been looking up. What is this…

Laurie Anderson

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of America’s most daring creative pioneers makes a welcome return to…

Fleeting

Sun 24 May

Ever witnessed a murmuration of starlings over the West Pier? Shape-shifting…