Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Dr Blighty

An ambitious new project inspired by a remarkable story of the First World War, Nutkhut's Dr Blighty remembers an unexpected episode in Brighton's history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. Directed by Ajay Chhabra with design by Tom Piper (Tower of London Poppies), a week of installations in Royal Pavilion Garden is accompanied by two concerts at Brighton Dome marrying classical music from East and West.

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Diya-making sessions

We bring the Dr Blighty week to a close with Dr Blighty: Commemorations (Sun 29 May, 4pm), laying a wreath at the Indian Gate; unveiling a Blue Plaque honouring Subedar Mir Dast (awarded the Victoria Cross at the Royal Pavilion by King George V); and arranging thousands of diya lamps to commemorate the soldiers’ stay in the city.

Come along to one of the drop in diya making sessions at Brighton Dome Café-bar throughout the Festival and make your very own decorated clay pot for the final installation. 

Nutkhut has taken the diyas or clay pot lamp as one of the symbols of its interpretation of the Dr Blighty story - connecting the mud of the trenches, and the conditions in which the soldiers were faced, and used the clay pots as a mechanism of interpretation to connect with this aspect of the Great War. Housing a small flame these lamps were used as a form of commemoration, celebration and to provide light in times of darkness for the writing of letters.

Find out more about the Dr Blighty project on Nutkhut's website

Sun 8 May 10am–12pm
& 2–4pm
Mon 9 & Tue 10 May 12–3pm & 4–6pm
Fri 13 May 10–12pm
Sat 14 & Sun 15 May
10am–12pm & 2–4pm
Mon 16 & Tue 17 May 4–6pm
Wed 18 & Thu 19 May 12–3pm & 4–6pm
Sat 21 May 10am–12pm
& 2–4pm
Sun 22 May 10am–12pm
FREE - drop in