Brighton Festival 2018Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Get involved and be part of Brighton Festival

‘Exhilarating, horizon-expanding, whirlwind of an experience. A privilege to be part of’. Naomi Alexander, theatre director, Collidescope Artist 2015

There are plenty of wonderful ways to get involved with Brighton Festival and we’d love you to be part of it. We’ve tonnes of volunteer and artist opportunities, with more being announced all the time. Read on to find out more...

Peacock Poetry Prize

For the 52nd Brighton Festival, our annual poetry competition in partnership with Brighton & Hove 6th Form College (BHASVIC) takes the theme of 'Hard Work’, inspired by Guest Director David Shrigley’s book of the same title. 


Volunteering at Brighton Festival


Do you want to be part of the biggest annual mixed arts festival in England?

Volunteering with Brighton Festival is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in developing their skills and knowledge within a busy arts organisation, whilst joining the festivities and helping to make this year's event happen. We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people who have a keen interest in the arts. Please follow the above link for more info. 

Young City Reads

The annual 'Big Read' for schools is back with Kid Normal, a hilarious, laugh-out-loud, adventure story for young readers about ordinary boy Murph, who is accidentally enrolled at a school full of superheroes.

Join popular radio personalities Greg James and Chris Smith as they take centre stage for this live and interactive schools event.

Children’s Parade

What better way to begin Brighton Festival than with an explosion of sound and colour. This year’s theme, in honour of our visual artist Guest Director David Shrigley, is ‘Paintings’. Each school has been allocated an artwork to take away and explore in detail before they reveal the results of their hard work in front of thousands of spectators.

Young people and their teachers will be hitting the streets of Brighton with art on their minds…and in their costumes, music and carnival structures. So join the arty-party to help the Festival create the first masterpiece of 2018!

Join in the festivities

Explore our programme and come and see a show - there’s heaps on offer – join in our celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events. Immerse yourself fully and challenge yourself to see all our free events this May too!

Keep an eye open for competitions. Rapid review will return, with plenty of tickets as prizes and there'll be plenty more competitive ways to get involved with Brighton Festival  – just watch this space…