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Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore

Theatre Royal Brighton

Revel in awe, surprise and glorious stupidity with this delightful comedy

TV Presenting Masterclass

Brighton Dome Founders Room

This fun workshop is great for children interested in TV presenting

Adopt an Author

Team up with a children’s author to develop writing, creativity & literacy

Book Swap Boxes

Wed 8 Mar - Sun 28 May

Find books across the city for free during the City Reads reading period

Cathie Pilkington: Doll For Petra

Sat 29 Apr - Wed 31 May
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Cathie Pilkington has created a new body of work in response to the...

The Hum

Sat 6 - Sun 28 May

Half cinema, half reality - an interactive experience by Nic Sandiland

The Hiccup Project: Kitchen Dance Workshops

Sat 6 - Sat 20 May
The Spire

Fun and energetic workshops with The Hiccup Project

Children's Parade

Sat 6 May
Kensington Street

Our annual opening street parade led by 5000 participants

Cathie Pilkington: Exquisite Corpse Drop-in Workshop

Sat 6 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Come along and join the Exquisite Corpse drop-in workshop with Cathie Pilkington.…

Cathie Pilkington: The Life Rooms

Sat 6 - Sat 27 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Provocative and ambiguous, Cathie Pilkington’s sculptures make use of dolls…

They/Onlar

Sat 8 Apr - Mon 29 May
Fabrica

Personal stories reveal the lines of division within Turkish society...

Pitch Perfect

2016 Festival
Royal Pavilion Garden
Brighton Dome Founders Room

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

Chineke! Orchestra

Sat 6 May
All Saints Church

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Kate Tempest: Opening Gig

Sat 6 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Emma Cline

Sat 6 May
Brighton and Hove High School

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled

Hot 8 Brass Band

Sat 6 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

In Their Shoes: Poem Trail

Sun 7 - Sun 14 May

Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes...

NEST

Sun 7 - Mon 8 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

River of Grass

Sun 7 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

The first flim of our Kelly Reichardt season

I Fagiolini

Sun 7 May
Glyndebourne

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

HIV: Is Victory in Sight?

Sun 7 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Brighton is set to become the first city in the UK to have United Nations ‘Fast…

Apples and Snakes: In Their Shoes

Sun 7 May
All Saints Church

England’s leading promoter of performance poetry and spoken word

Eimear McBride introduces Megan Bradbury

Sun 7 May
Brighton and Hove High School

Two of the most exciting experimental novelists working in Britain come together…

Under the Skin

Sun 7 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Mica Levi’s beautiful live soundtrack performance with orchestra

Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Sun 7 May
The Spire

It started with an article in the Guardian, in which George Monbiot argued…

For the Birds

Sat 6 - Sun 28 May
Secret woodland location

A magical night-time adventure in the woods - late admission until midnight

Timothy Ridout

Mon 8 May
St Nicholas' Church

The first British winner of the Lionel Tertis Int'l Viola Competition

Tessa Ross in conversation

Mon 8 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Producer and former head of Film4, Tessa Ross has worked over the last 20 years…

Plan B for Utopia

Sun 7 - Mon 8 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A playful dance-theatre work by Joan Clevillé Dance

Lunchtime Life Club

Tue 9 - Thu 25 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Free and informal drawing classes, suitable for all levels

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Tue 9 May
Brighton and Hove High School

From the bestselling authors of Cameron's Coup comes a devastating critique…

Summit

Mon 8 - Tue 9 May
The Spire

A meeting is called. There is a crisis. Your voice is needed.

Swan Lake

Tue 9 - Wed 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A magical re-adaptation of the famous storytelling ballet, Swan Lake.

Raising Lazarus

Tue 9 - Wed 10 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Kat Francois's acclaimed play about Private Lazarus Francois from Grenada

Ali Smith

Tue 9 May
Brighton and Hove High School

Ali Smith's latest novel, Autumn, is set in the wake of the Brexit vote. Daniel…

Virgin Territory

Wed 10 - Mon 22 May
ONCA Gallery

A moving performance about children engaging with the online adult world

Old Joy

Wed 10 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Part of our Kelly Reichardt season

The Preston Bill

Wed 10 May
The Spire

A story from The North. The story of a life. The story of our lives.

Palisander

Thu 11 May
St Nicholas' Church

This virtuosic recorder quartet performs music inspired by the New World

Sarah Connolly

Thu 11 May
All Saints Church

A recital from one of the greatest vocal performers of our time

Kate Tempest with Mica Levi & Orchestrate

Thu 11 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Billy Bragg in conversation with Alexis Petridis

Thu 11 May
The Spire

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

David Lynch: The Art Life

Thu 11 May
Duke's at Komedia

The enigmatic director narrates this documentary on his life and career

Night Life Drawing Class

Fri 12 - Fri 26 May
University of Brighton Gallery

Enjoy a mix of performance and drawing tuition in this wild evening of art

Alke Quartet

Fri 12 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

'astonishing stylistic and tonal unanimity' The Times on Alke Quartet

SPECTRA: CAST

Fri 12 - Sun 14 May
The Beach at Doughnut Groyne (East Street)

Take part and transform Brighton Beach into the biggest canvas in town!

Optimism for Difficult Times

Fri 12 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Young adult authors share their experiences on dealing with tough subjects

If I Could I Would

Fri 12 - Sat 13 May
All Saints Church

Fast-paced physical theatre and acrobatics - from everywoman to superwoman

Driftwood

Thu 11 - Sun 14 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

The sensational Australian circus troupe Casus return to Brighton Festival

Xiaolu Guo

Fri 12 May
Brighthelm Centre

Novelist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo charts her journey from a remote fishing…

Ocean Wisdom, The Four Owls & Jam Baxter

Fri 12 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

An impressive roster resurrecting the legacy of UK hip hop

Collisions

Sat 6 - Sun 28 May
Lighthouse

Filmmaker Lynette Walworth's virtual reality film experience

Who Let the Gods Out?

Sat 13 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Delve in to Greek mythology with this epic family show hosted by Maz Evans

BAFTA Kids: Behind the Scenes

Sat 13 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

A showcase of the films and TV shows and games for BAFTA Children’s Awards

Your Place: Enjoy, Talk, Create

Sat 13 - Sun 21 May

Learn to dance, see a show and meet artists from around the world

Adventures with Dylan!

Sat 13 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Packed with stories, drawing and lots of fun with Guy Parker-Rees

Weekend Without Walls: Easthill Park

Sat 13 May
Easthill Park

Free family fun in an afternoon of inventive new outdoor performances

Endings

Tue 9 - Sat 13 May
The Old Market

An exploration through sound of our experiences of dying and the afterlife

BAFTA Kids: TV Presenting Masterclass

Sat 13 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The Bolds

Sat 13 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Beowulf

Sat 13 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Hugh Lupton's solo performance (in place of The Odyssey)

The Odyssey

Sat 13 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Due to illness of one performer, this event will be replaced by Beowulf

London Symphony Orchestra

Sat 13 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of the word's top orchestras return to Brighton Festival

Democracy Debate: What Comes Next?

Sat 13 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

*Please note, the panel for tonight's debate has changed. Due to illness, Caroline…

Box Clever

Sat 13 - Sun 14 May
The Spire

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled

Andy Riley

Sun 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Don your crowns to explore Andy Riley's King Flashypants books

Beetle Mania

Sun 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

This fun, fact-packed, bug-tastic event is not to be missed!

Weekend Without Walls: East Brighton Park

Sun 14 May
East Brighton Park

Free family fun in an afternoon of inventive new outdoor performances

Patrick Ness

Sun 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Meet the writer in conversation with Juno Dawson on his new book, Release

Paul Lewis

Sun 14 May
Glyndebourne

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The Story Collider

Sun 14 May
The Basement

This event has now moved to The Basement. All original tickets are still…

City Reads 2017: Sharon Duggal

Sun 14 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

Brighton-based British Asian writer Sharon Duggal’s debut novel is this year's…

Brighton Youth Orchestra

Sun 14 May
All Saints Church

Music from around the world with BYO & a host of young singers

Shirley Collins

Sun 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Beloved folk star Shirley Collins joins us with her new work, Lodestar

Now You See It

Sun 14 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Probe's Antonia Grove presents her brand new solo

The Unfilmables

Sun 14 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Two newly written soundtracks for films that were never made

Vivo Piano Trio

Mon 15 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

The Trio performs one of the masterpieces of the trio repertoire: Tchaik...

Nick Sharratt: Sausages, Spaghetti and Sharks in Parks

Mon 15 May
Sallis Benney Theatre

In this food-themed spectacular draw along with illustrator Nick Sharratt

Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu

Mon 15 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Brighton Festival favourites Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu return

The Furrow Collective and Anna & Elizabeth

Mon 15 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A stunning contemporary-folk double-bill

Jackie Kay introduces Zaffar Kunial

Tue 16 May
Brighton and Hove High School

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled

Songs for the End of the World

Tue 16 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Welcome to New Albion, a near-future dystopia of suffering and exploitation

Tyler Hay

Wed 17 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Virtuosic young pianist Tyler Hay performs Chopin, Haydn and Liszt

Wendy and Lucy

Wed 17 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Part of our Kelly Reichardt season

Jeremy Hardy

Wed 17 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Jeremy Hardy has been doing comedy since 1984. And, without a lottery win,…

No Dogs, No Indians

Wed 17 - Thu 18 May
The Spire

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The Unfair

Fri 19 - Sun 21 May
New Steine

This event has been cancelled - we apologise for any inconvenience

Glyndebourne's Jerwood Young Artists

Fri 19 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Operatic excerpts from young members of the acclaimed Glyndebourne chorus

m¡longa

Fri 19 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A captivating Tango deeply rooted in Argentinean culture

Brighton Festival Youth Choir

Fri 19 May
All Saints Church

A celebration of the rich heritage of the great American Songbook.

Luke Wright: The Toll

Fri 19 May
The Spire

Poet & performer Luke Wright presents his new spoken word show The Toll

An Evening with Picador Poetry

Fri 19 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Picador Poetry celebrates their 20th anniversary with this stellar line-up

Belem

Fri 19 May
All Saints Church

This striking and fresh duo draws on folk, tango and classical music

The Kamaal Williams Ensemble

Sat 20 May
St Nicholas' Church

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family

Sat 20 - Sat 27 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A landmark trilogy that follows one American family through 2016

Tales of Birbal

Sat 20 May
The Grand Hotel

Ancient tales of adventure reinvented through puppetry and music

Helen Oyeyemi

Sat 20 May
Brighton and Hove High School

One of the most striking voices in contemporary literature, Helen Oyeyemi talks…

Gary Younge in conversation with Colin Grant

Sat 20 May
Brighton and Hove High School

On 23 November 2013, 10 children were shot dead in the USA. None made the national…

Five Short Blasts

Sat 6 - Sun 28 May
Brighton Marina West Jetty

Due to tidal complications, this show has been relocated to Brighton Marina

Meow Meow

Sat 20 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Actress, singer, dancer, Meow Meow is a cabaret diva of the highest order

Bang Said the Gun

Sat 20 May
The Spire

Voted the best poetry night in the UK (The Times)

Translation Workshop

Sun 21 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Have fun translating from Russian, even if you don't know a single word!

Meek's Cutoff

Sun 21 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Part of our Kelly Reichardt season

The Gabriels: Hungry

Sat 20 - Sat 27 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

The first play of Richard Nelson's landmark new trilogy

Writing workshop with Candy Gourlay

Sun 21 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Create your own story, using comic book techniques with Candy Gourlay

Petina Gappah

Sun 21 May
Brighton and Hove High School

Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics…

Boys Don't

Sun 21 May
The Spire

What’s a boy to do? From the playground to the classroom, from home to the…

The Gabriels: Women of a Certain Age

Sat 20 - Sat 27 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

The Gabriels gather on election night in the third and final play

Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques with singers from Dutch National Opera

Sun 21 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A stirring concert performance of Monteverdi's rarely heard madrigals

A History of Britain in 21 Women Jenni Murray and Helen Lewis

Sun 21 May
Brighton and Hove High School

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Rich Hall's Hoedown

Sun 21 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Join Rich Hall and his virtuoso musical mates for a frankly gratuitous mash-up…

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo

Mon 22 May
St Nicholas' Church

A sensuous sweep of the tango and the eloquence of newer works

The Hiccup Project: Open Workshop

Mon 22 May
The Basement

A free workshop for dancers of all ages and experiences

The Big Song

Mon 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A glorious celebration of singing that sweeps from science to spirituality

Young City Reads 2017

Tue 23 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Celebrating a love of books with kids throughout our city

Kojey Radical + UnFold

Tue 23 May
The Spire

An evening of Spoken Word and Poetry, headlined by Kojey Radical and UnFold

Adam Buxton’s BUG: David Bowie Special

Tue 23 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

David Bowie was a rock legend – and much more besides. Now comedian Adam…

Tariq Ali

Wed 24 May
Brighthelm Centre

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

"It's okay, I'm dealing with it"

Wed 24 May
The Spire

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

Thu 25 May
St Nicholas' Church

A feast of melody and evocative soundscapes arranged for the moody music...

This Bright Field

Thu 25 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The premiere of Theo Clinkard's stunning new work

Tristan & Yseult

Tue 23 - Sat 27 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Kneehigh's acclaimed staging of the Cornish legend directed by Emma Rice

Raja Shehadeh

Thu 25 May
Brighthelm Centre

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer, a lawyer and human-rights activist,…

May-We-Go-Round?

Thu 25 May
The Spire

The second of two performances from Brighton-based duo The Hiccup Project

Pelléas Ensemble

Fri 26 May
St Nicholas' Church

The harp, flute and viola ensemble performs French music spanning 200 years

The Bright Room: Workshops

Tue 23 - Fri 26 May
114 Church Street

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

The Comedy of Errors

Thu 25 - Sat 27 May
Brighton Open Air Theatre

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's most riotous and farcical plays,…

One Hundred Homes

Fri 26 - Sun 28 May
The Bevy Community Pub

How do we define what makes a ‘home’? Belgian theatre maker Yinka Kuitenbrouwer…

Doric String Quartet

Fri 26 May
All Saints Church

The Dorics perform a programme of Haydn, Brahms and John Adams

Kate Tempest + REMI

Fri 26 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

A Handful of People

Fri 26 - Sun 28 May
Brighthelm Centre

'One must not be frightened of happiness, it is just a beautiful moment which…

Storytelling Army

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May
Throughout Brighton

A dynamic collective of people from all walks of life...

Mango and Bambang

Sat 27 May
Edward Street Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton

The story of a little girl called Mango and her pet tapir Bambang

The Bright Room: Gallery

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May
114 Church Street

Acclaimed photographer Eddie Otchere will set up a community darkroom – an…

Dinosaur

Sat 27 May
St Nicholas' Church

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Chris Haughton

Sat 27 May
Edward Street Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

FK Alexander: (I Could Go On Singing) Over the Rainbow

Fri 26 - Sun 28 May
The Spire

An intimate, visceral experience of Judy Garland's Over the Rainbow

Dare to Write with Siobhan Curham

Sat 27 May
Edward Street Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton

An inspirational workshop for those who dream of writing

The Rap Around

Sat 27 May
The Marlborough

A freestyling and rhyme-writing workshop with Dizraeli & Mykki Blanco

The Gabriels: What Did You Expect?

Sat 20 - Sat 27 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

In the second instalment, the US is in the grip of the election campaign

Jake Arnott in conversation with Mark Lawson

Sat 27 May
Brighton and Hove High School

Jake Arnott’s bestselling debut novel The Long Firm was made into a BAFTA-nominated…

Depart

Thu 25 - Sun 28 May
Woodvale Cemetery

An ethereal collaboration of acrobats, aerialists, choral singers & video

Mykki Blanco

Sat 27 May
The Spire

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Night Moves

Sun 28 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

The final film of our Kelly Reichardt season

The Guilty Feminist

Sun 28 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

This event is fully booked, but returns may be available

Hanif Kureishi

Sun 28 May
Brighton and Hove High School

One of the UK’s most celebrated novelists discusses his latest work, The…

Britten Sinfonia and Brighton Festival Chorus

Sun 28 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Words and music inspired by great American speeches and poetry

Breakin' Convention

Tue 30 - Wed 31 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The world's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre returns

Bernie Sanders

Thu 1 Jun
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Join us for an inside account of Sanders' extraordinary campaign