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Pitch Perfect

Sat 3 May
Pavilion Gardens

A glittering showcase of young and emerging talent presented in and around…

Music Box Orchestra

Sat 3 - Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Students from University of Brighton’s Music and Visual Art programme respond…

Children's Parade

Sat 3 May
Kensington Street

Start Brighton Festival the way you mean to go on: with an explosion of fun,…

Zimoun

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Harnessing sound and space in works of minimalist power, the Swiss artist Zimoun…

The Monopoly of Legitimate Use

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Lighthouse

This unique new project making a point of connection with the subject explored…

Salt Field

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
The Brighton Waste House, University of Brighton

This unique new project making a point of connection with the subject explored…

On Balance

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Fabrica

Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren has created two interactive works that celebrate…

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Circus Street Market

William Forsythe's choreographic object populates the Old Municipal Market…

No One Owns The Land

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Regency Town House

This unique new project making a point of connection with the subject explored…

Caste/Cast

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Regency Town House

This unique new project making a point of connection with the subject explored…

Asylum in the City

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May
Regency Town House

A local community of people share their experiences of displacement through…

While You Wait

Sat 3 - Sun 25 May

While You Wait is a series of podcasts, each of which is a different meditation…

Murikamification

Sat 3 - Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Café-bar

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The White Balloon & 10 Minutes Older

Sat 3 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Opus No. 7

Sat 3 - Thu 8 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Conceived and directed by Dmitry KrymovSet design by Vera Martynova and Maria…

One

Sat 3 - Mon 5 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

They say I’m Iranian, but is that what I really am? 

Elias String Quartet: The Beethoven Project Part 1

Sat 3 May
All Saints Church

Last year the Elias Quartet’s residency was a major stepping stone in its..

what happens to the hope at the end of the evening

Sat 3 - Mon 5 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Your friend is late. The meal is spoiled. A shadow has fallen. The story of…

Sun

Sat 3 - Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Perfection becomes warped and harmony gives way to a visceral depiction of…

Creative Writing with Catherine Johnson

Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Want to write characters and action that jump off the page? Stories to sweep…

Simon Thacker’s Karmana

Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Fusing Indian and Western music to create a sound all of its own, Simon...

Get set to write a story!

Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

When faced with writing a story, there’s nothing wrong with staring out of…

Sun Dust

Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Hofesh Shechter gives a fascinating insight into his creative process and the…

Angela Hewitt

Sun 4 May
Glyndebourne

One of the world’s great pianists and one of the pinnacles of classical music…

Alphabet Book-making Workshop

Sun 4 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Join Matt Fleming & Lee Shearman from art company Borbonesa to create a…

Viv Albertine

Sun 4 May
The Old Market

One of punk’s true originals, Viv Albertine talks to award-winning journalist…

Bonanza

Sun 4 - Tue 6 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Once Bonanza was booming: there were 6,000 inhabitants, 36 saloons, seven dance…

Irvine Welsh

Sun 4 May
The Old Market

Twenty-one years after the publication of his seminal novel Trainspotting defined…

Louis Sclavis and Friends

Mon 5 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

One of the leading names in French jazz has put together a trio...

Little Fugitive

Mon 5 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

After their mother leaves them alone in New York for the weekend, seven year-old…

Baroque Inspiration

Mon 5 May
St George's Church

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Amarillis Trio

Tue 6 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A fresh and dynamic voice on the Baroque music scene, the French ensemble..

Running On Empty

Tue 6 - Wed 7 May
The Old Market

Running wild. Running out of time. Running on empty… The story of a man,…

Martin Creed Band

Tue 6 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed performs work from…

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Wed 7 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A string quartet, but not as you’ve heard it before: the Aquarelle Guitar..

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Wed 7 May
The Old Reference Library, Brighton Museum

As the lead artist for this year’s HOUSE, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s new sculptural…

Yinka Shonibare

Wed 7 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

An exciting opportunity to learn more about Yinka Shonibare MBE’s practice,…

Ben Watt

Wed 7 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Ben Watt talks about his new book Romany and Tom, a moving memoir that chronicles…

Talvin Singh’s Bombay Talkies

Wed 7 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Talvin Singh tabla Meg Hamilton violinRoopa Panesar sitarZosia Jagodzinska…

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Thu 8 - Sat 10 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Thou hast told a tale whose every word, Threatens eternal slaughter to the…

Mozart Exsultate, Jubilate

Fri 9 May
St George's Church

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Down by the Greenwood Side

Fri 9 - Sun 11 May
Harvey's Depot, Lewes

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

William Forsythe

Sat 10 May

An inspiration to many, including our Guest Director, this is a special Festival…

Plans

Sat 10 May
Brighton Station

Amidst the bustle of Brighton Station, the city’s first contemporary dance…

Bring the Happy

Sat 10 - Mon 19 May
ONCA Gallery

Invisible Flock invites you to create a map of happiness in Brighton. This…

David Almond

Sat 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

The best-selling author talks about his work, explores the nature of creativity…

Frantic

Sat 10 May
Brighton Seafront (east of petanque court)

Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rain-storms: our relentless devotion to busyness…

Hugo and Josephine

Sat 10 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

The lonely daughter of a rural pastor makes friends with a wild boy who lives…

Angie Sage

Sat 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Come and meet bestselling author Angie Sage as she talks about the Araminta…

Darren Shan

Sat 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Meet the master of horror and dare to be scared with Darren Shan as he…

Illustrators’ Evening

Sat 10 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Join three established illustrators – Chris Riddell, Mini Grey and Emily…

Marcia Williams

Sun 11 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Let Marcia bring Shakespeare’s plays to life with her fun and lively comic…

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Sun 11 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Join the best-selling duo behind The Edge Chronicles, Fergus Crane and Muddle…

The Legend of Hamba

Sun 11 May
Pavilion Gardens

In 1914 Hamba set off to war. He won and lost empires, became a king, a beggar,…

A Story of Children and Film

Sun 11 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

With extracts from 53 great films from 25 countries, A Story of Children and…

The Professor McGonagall Tea Party Quiz

Sun 11 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Do you know your quaffle from your quidditch? Hagrid from Hedwig? Join Peta…

Ester Svensson & Rosanna Martin In Conversation with Annie Cattrell

Sun 11 May
The Old Market

This talk will explore Svensson & Martin’s HOUSE 2014 commission within…

Sir Harrison Birtwistle in conversation with Gavin Henderson

Sun 11 May
William IV Room, Royal Pavilion

Free ticketed event (to bookers of Down by the Greenwood Side or Orpheus Britannicus)

Zara McFarlane

Sun 11 May
The Old Market

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Orpheus Britannicus

Sun 11 May
Music Room, Royal Pavilion

Andrew Watts counter tenorMelinda Maxwell oboeHelen Tunstall harpPaula Chateauneuf…

Gym Party

Sun 11 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Three intrepid contestants compete in a series of games, from the hilariously…

Slap Talk

Mon 12 May
Unitarian Church

Over five hours, an autocue scrolls in a continual violent barrage; the passive…

Push Me, Pull You!

Mon 12 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled

Children in the Wind

Mon 12 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Sampei is a little rascal who leads his village gang with the Tarzan cry of…

Blush

Mon 12 May
Duke's at Komedia

Alongside his work as a choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus is a bold film-maker…

Ours Was the Fen Country

Mon 12 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

For two years Dan Canham captured conversations with people of East Anglian…

Catch-22

Tue 13 - Sat 17 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

For 60 years Joseph Heller’s explosive satire on the absurdities of bureaucracy…

The Bullet and the Bass Trombone

Tue 13 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

There’s an orchestra, trapped in a city during a military coup. Violence…

Talk to the Demon

Tue 13 - Wed 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Witches, magicians, demons. You find them in every culture, but they always…

Hauschka

Tue 13 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Three pianos, 264 keys - but only two hands: the German pianist and composer…

Mourning Glory Part 1

Wed 14 - Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Brian Lobel’s installation and performance trilogy about love, death and…

Wim Vandekeybus & Hofesh Shechter

Wed 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A special opportunity to hear from Wim Vandekeybus, director and choreographer…

Francoise Green Piano Duo

Wed 14 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

It was a shared passion for the 20th century repertoire that brought...

Mourning Glory Part 3

Wed 14 - Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Grant Falland was an author of the Lehman Brothers Examination Report, and…

Leah Gordon in conversation with John Cussans

Wed 14 May
University of Brighton Gallery

John Cussans and Leah Gordon explore the themes in Gordon’s work and the…

In Good Company 2014

Wed 14 May
The Old Market

Dancers become choreographers as members of Hofesh Shechter Company present…

The Building of England

Wed 14 May
St Michael and All Angels Church

From awe-inspiring Norman castles to semi-detached suburbia, the chief executive…

Long Live the Little Knife

Wed 14 - Thu 15 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Liz and Jim are small-time con artists on a mission to be the greatest art…

Gildas String Quartet

Thu 15 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Praised for their refreshing approach and exciting precision

Tobias Revell in Conversation with Anab Jain

Thu 15 May
Lighthouse

Artist, critical designer and futurist Tobias Revell talks with filmmaker Anab…

Wild Justice

Thu 15 May
Unitarian Church

'Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to,…

Like Rabbits

Thu 15 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Information is Beautiful

Thu 15 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The author and designer David McCandless shares his passion for the merging…

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

Thu 15 May
All Saints Church

As one half of the electronic music sensation Goldfrapp, the keyboard-player…

Jonathan Biss

Fri 16 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

This young pianist has already established an international reputation as..

The Tempest in Musick

Fri 16 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A musical voyage into the mysterious realms of The Tempest

Gruff Rhys

Fri 16 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Desert Island Pics

Fri 16 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller is noted for strong, politically…

Walking Stories

Sat 17 - Sun 18 May
Stanmer Park

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Troyka

Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

With its visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music, the Trokya trio...

Crows & Palle Alone in the World

Sat 17 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Crows (1994, Poland)Dorota KedzierzawskaWrona (pl. crow) is neglected by her…

Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music

Sat 17 - Sun 18 May
The Old Market

Nothing is normal here. Or rather: Everything is extraordinary! Dance as you've…

Alex Bellos

Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Join writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos on a journey of mathematical discovery…

Elias String Quartet: The Beethoven Project Part 2

Sat 17 May
All Saints Church

Elias Quartet is joined by Swedish violist Malin Broman for the second...

The Immigration Debate

Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

David AaranovitchTrevor PhillipsProfessor Paul StathamDr Madge DresserSimon…

Bob Stanley

Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

As the founder of the influential band Saint Etienne, whose brand of collage…

Safe House

Sat 17 May
Hove Park

Home: a place of safety, sanctuary and security, or a place of isolation and…

African Dance Party

Sat 17 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

London's calling, Nigeria's speaking - in the voice of Eno Williams, who retells…

Ida Barr's Mash Up

Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Musically pitched somewhere between Lady Gaga and Lord Haw-Haw, Ida Bar is…

AC Grayling

Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

In an age of iconoclasm, few voices are more articulate than that of A.C. Grayling.…

Brighton's Youth Celebrate Sir John Tavener

Sun 18 May
St Bartholomew's Church

Brighton Youth OrchestraBrighton Festival Youth Choir

Who pays the price?

Sun 18 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Chair Polly Toynbee

Cat Power

Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Returning to solo performance for the first time in years, the American singer-songwriter…

Mourning Glory Part 2

Sun 18 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Where does online friendship stop and real friendship begin? Does the distinction…

Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists

Mon 19 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

This special concert presents members of Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young...

Willow and Wind

Mon 19 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

(1999, Iran, PG)

The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults

Mon 19 - Wed 21 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Did you ever wonder what cats dream about when they're in heat? What happens…

Peaches Christ Superstar

Mon 19 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Building on the work's own brand of subtle subversiveness

KlezMahler

Mon 19 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Aurora OrchestraShe'KoyokhNicholas Collon conductor

Tipping Point

Tue 20 - Fri 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Sound and water form the focus of this unique audio-visual installation, in…

Benjamin Appl & James Baillieu

Tue 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

An intimate programme of lieder masterworks performed by a singer who...

Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté

Tue 20 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

'Born a griot, die a griot!' says Toumani Diabaté. Griots are the musical…

Tipping Point Live

Tue 20 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Rosalind Ventris & Gretel Dowdeswell

Wed 21 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

A highlight of last year’s Festival was the recital series...

Tomorrow

Wed 21 - Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

This new work from Vanishing Point explores what it is to grow old and be cared…

Tavener Supernatural Songs

Wed 21 May
All Saints Church

Stephen Layton conductorAlexandra Woods violinCatherine Carby mezzo-soprano

Sinué

Wed 21 - Thu 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Inspired by a coming-of-age tale by French author Anne Ducamp and driven by…

Perhaps all the Dragons

Wed 21 - Sat 24 May
The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Fournier Piano Trio

Thu 22 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

The young but accomplished Fournier Trio is already blazing a trail...

Young City Reads: Francesca Simon

Thu 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Young City Reads – the ‘Big Read’ for children of Brighton &…

Much Ado About Nothing

Thu 22 - Sun 25 May
St Nicholas' Rest Garden

Claudio loves Hero and Hero loves Claudio, and it seems that nothing will keep…

Flown

Thu 22 - Sat 24 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Get ready for a captivating night at the circus packed with thrills, extraordinary…

Twisted Angels

Thu 22 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

In this celebration of Brazilian literature, a leading poet and two translators…

Morning After: Much Ado About Nothing

Fri 23 May
St Nicholas' Rest Garden

Join members of the Globe on Tour in this special opportunity to meet the performers…

Ashley Fripp

Fri 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Described as ‘disarmingly precocious’ by The New York Times and ‘a master..

Much Ado About Nothing: Touch Tour

Fri 23 May
St Nicholas' Rest Garden

A touch tour for visually impaired audiences before the 6pm performance. 

Layer Cake Tea Party

Fri 23 May
Duke's at Komedia

You can have your layer cake and eat it at this screening of Matthew Vaughn’s…

Phillip Hall-Patch in conversation with Dr Mary Anne Francis

Fri 23 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Phillip Hall-Patch talks about his new work Salt Field, his thinking behind…

Elias String Quartet: The Beethoven Project Part 3

Fri 23 May
All Saints Church

As the culmination of its Festival residency, the Elias Quartet’s closing..

Bring the Happy Live

Fri 23 - Sun 25 May
The Old Market

With the outstanding six-piece band Hope & Social, the happy memories collected…

Peter James

Fri 23 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

One of the UK’s most popular crime and thriller novelists, Brighton’s own…

Emmylou Harris

Fri 23 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

One Million

Fri 23 - Sat 24 May
Black Rock

How do you get onto the career ladder when all the rungs are broken? What does…

Florentine and Pig

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Shiver me timbers! Florentine and Pig are setting sail on a pirate adventure,…

Tom Percival

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

In Herman’s Letter, the latest picture book by writer and illustrator Tom…

The Brighton and Sussex Medical School Debate

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

David Cameron has described dementia as ‘the key health challenge of this…

Munch!

Sat 24 - Sun 25 May
The Old Market

Most shows are for watching and listening. Not this one: it’s for sniffing,…

GoGo Penguin

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Their groove-heavy, highly lyrical acoustic-electronica sound has made...

Tomka and his Friends

Sat 24 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

When the Nazis occupy an Albanian village after the withdrawal of the Italian…

Nicola Davies

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Natalie Haynes & Lindsey Davis

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

What is the draw of the ancient world for contemporary novelists and readers?…

Lynn Barber

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Britain’s most ferocious interviewer asks whether celebrity interviews serve…

Down Terrace

Sat 24 May
Duke's at Komedia

Filmed over eight days entirely on location in Brighton, the directorial feature…

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pianoJohn Wilson conductor

Tony Parsons

Sat 24 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Renowned as a chronicler of the emotional challenges faced by a generation…

Metamorphosen

Sat 24 May
Circus Street Market

Yearning and contemplative, Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings is…

I Believe in Unicorns

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Tomas hates reading, but his world is turned upside down the day he is…

Brighton Rock

Sun 25 May
Duke's at Komedia

The first great classic of British crime film enshrines Brighton as a brooding…

Spies: Fact & Fiction

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The world of espionage has provided rich material for novelists, but how accurate…

Holly Smale

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Holly Smale spent two years as a teenage catwalk model before finding…

Opening Night

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Five friends. Five dancers. Five relationships that can fragment and reform…

Murder on Sea

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Keith Waterhouse said that Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is…

Edmund White

Sun 25 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The American man of letters Edmund White is a master memoirist as well as a…

Breakin’ Convention

Tue 27 - Wed 28 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

We welcome dance in from the streets as the venue is transformed into…