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Life Model II

2018 Festival
Fabrica

Life Model II plays on the age-old tradition of life drawing classes...

Gilbert and George

2018 Festival
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Gilbert & George are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership

Pivot

2018 Festival
Beach Level by the i360

This joyful, provocative intervention will unleash your inner child

Corita Kent

2018 Festival

The ground-breaking work of Corita Kent comes to Ditchling Museum...

Brett Goodroad

2018 Festival
Phoenix Gallery

Exhibition from the San Francisco-based artist

Belonging: Morag Myerscough

2018 Festival

Celebrating the spirit of seminal 1960s Los Angeles artist Corita Kent

Adopt an Author

2018 Festival

Linking local classes with children’s authors

Children’s Parade 2018

2018 Festival

Join our annual tradition of bringing the streets of Brighton alive with a…

A Piece of 2

2018 Festival
Beach Level by the i360

Awe-inspiring outdoor performance of epic proportions!

Pitch Perfect

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Café-bar

Young musical talent performing in a range of ‘perfect pitches'

Brett Goodroad Exhibition Tour

2018 Festival
Phoenix Gallery

Tour the exhibition from the San Francisco-based artist

The Boy, The Piano and The Beach

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

This blend of puppetry, dance and projection is a wordless visual treat

Rear View

2018 Festival

‘If at 65 you could say something to yourself at 23, what would it be?’

Cuckmere: A Portrait & Environmentalism 2.0

2018 Festival
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Filmmaker Cesca Eaton and composer/conductor Ed Hughes trace the changing moods…

Business for Bohemians

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Tom Hodgkinson talks advice & anecdotes on finding freedom from the 9-to-5

Performance with Blood of a Poet

2018 Festival
Duke of York's Picturehouse

A double bill of films featuring Performance and The Blood of a Poet

Grand Finale

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

An exceptional international ensemble of ten dancers and six musicians

NoFit State: Lexicon

2018 Festival

Dazzling production Lexicon is a daring, seductive, modern take on circus

Vox Luminis

2018 Festival
Glyndebourne

The virtuosic Belgian early music ensemble perform a feast of Baroque

Cuckmere: Schools’ Performance

2018 Festival
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Four local schools and colleges respond to Cuckmere: A Portrait

Brit(ish)

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Afua Hirsch explores questions of identity raised by her new book Brit(ish)

The Myth of Sisyphus

2018 Festival

'One must imagine Sisyphus happy’ concludes Albert Camus in his great essay

Jungle

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Soul/funk collective with a spectacular seven piece band

Wot? No Fish!!

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Absorbing storytelling about the unique language of family

This is Going to Hurt

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

This Is Going to Hurt provides an account of working on the NHS front line

Eleven Exhibition

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Café-bar

A showcase of an eclectic mix of art from eleven regional artists

SHUT DOWN

2018 Festival

Movement, spoken word, rap and striking visual imagery collide

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

2018 Festival
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

An extraordinary love story, tracing the life of Marc and Bella

Deerhoof + Stargaze

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Revered rockers Deerhoof are joined by Stargaze

Van Kuijk Quartet

2018 Festival
All Saints Church

A brilliant showcase for the virtuosity of a dynamic young ensemble

A House Repeated

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Explore Brighton Dome without leaving your seat in this unique performance

Coat

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Yomi Sode prepares a feast of words in this humorous and poetic response...

This is the Kit & Stargaze

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

This is the Kit joins forces with orchestral collective Stargaze

The Journey to Publication

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Two of literary fiction’s new stars talk the transition to published author

Problem In Brighton

2018 Festival
The Old Market

Alt-rock/pop pantomime starring Pauline Knowles and Stephan Kreiss

John Surman

2018 Festival
St George's Church

British saxophonist joined by Norwegian pianist, Vigleik Storaas

The Nature of Forgetting

2018 Festival

From our friends at Worthing Theatres

Joep Beving

2018 Festival
St George's Church

The story of Dutch pianist Joep Beving is truly a remarkable one...

Me and My Dad

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Founders Room

A fun-filled interactive workshop with author/illustrator Robin Shaw

What's Your Story?

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Find out more about writing for older children and teens

Cuckmere Nature Trails

2018 Festival

Explore the evocative landscape of the Cuckmere River with Michael Blencowe

Played Twice: Miles Davis Kind of Blue

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Hear Miles Davis' Kind of Blue reinterpreted by a live band

Writing workshop

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Join the award-winning author and practice your writing skills

Woodland

2018 Festival

French & Mottershead’s audio work is a gentle confrontation of mortality...

Adam

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Adam is the remarkable true story of a young transgender man

War Requiem

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Britten’s searing masterpiece performed to mark the centenary of WWI

Travis Alabanza: Before I Step Outside (You Love Me)

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

An evening of Black trans poetics with one of the UK’s leading trans voices

Rachel Cusk

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

This event is cancelled

Electric Miles: Miles Davis through the ‘70s

2018 Festival
St George's Church

A special evening event celebrating Davis’ pioneering jazz fusion

Apples

2018 Festival

Wordless and charming, a feast for the senses

Jacqueline Wilson

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Join Britain’s best-loved children’s author to talk about her new book

If with Zéro De Conduit

2018 Festival
Duke of York's Picturehouse

A series of double bills featuring If with Zéro De Conduit

Penguins

2018 Festival

A delightful show about the changing nature of family, based on a true story…

Cloudscapes

2018 Festival

Look up and contemplate the changing nature of clouds

The Castle Builder

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Like an inspirational TED talk with a punk rock soundtrack

Songs of the Sea

2018 Festival
Glyndebourne

A voyage through words and music inspired by the sea

The Journeys

2018 Festival

A map of the world across the floor traces migration routes across time...

CITY READS 2018

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

City Reads, Brighton and Hove’s BIG READ, returns to Brighton Festival

Brighton Youth Orchestra

2018 Festival
All Saints Church

A concert of the great and the unusual with special guest artists

Lemn Sissay MBE

2018 Festival
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Lemn will read poems from his latest anthology, amongst other choices

Amanda Palmer

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Half of cult-favourite punk-cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls and alt-rock icon

The Enormous Room

2018 Festival
The Old Market

An uplifting meditation on saying goodbye and moving on

Future Perfect

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Two leading novelists discuss how they write about and imagine the future

The Arms of Sleep

2018 Festival

A magical overnight experience in the grounds of Firle Place

Magnard Ensemble

2018 Festival
St Nicholas' Church

The Magnard Ensemble perform a varied programme of music spanning 300 years

There and Back Again, An Odyssey

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Patrick Lynch's pioneering mix of theatre and film in a thrilling journey.

Joan

2018 Festival
The Basement

Take a fresh look at history’s greatest underdog, Joan of Arc

KAYA

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Dynamic dance fusing traditional Turkish folk with contemporary styles

Free Admission

2018 Festival
The Old Market

Celebrating the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human

Palmyra

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

A powerful exploration of revenge and the politics of destruction.

The Last Poets

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

An electrifying celebration of 50 years of powerful words and music

Ugly Chief

2018 Festival
The Old Market

Experience a living memorial like no other...

Iain Sinclair

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Iain Sinclair talks his latest book, exploring the transformation of London

Les Kapsbergirls

2018 Festival
St Nicholas' Church

The baroque vocal ensemble performs a ravishing selection of airs de cours

Attractor

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A visceral tour de force where sound and movement reach heightened states

Chopin’s Piano

2018 Festival
Royal Pavilion, Music Room

A fascinating blend of words and music

Alexander Panfilov

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

The Russian-born virtuoso Alexander Panfilov takes a musical journey

Xylouris White

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Combining free-jazz, avant-rock and ages-old Greek folk traditions

John Finnemore’s Flying Visit

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

John Finnemore brings his new live sketch show to the stage

Michael Rosen

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Michael Rosen talks about his early life as recalled in his memoir

XFRMR

2018 Festival

Visual artist Robbie Thomson harnesses the power of the Tesla coil...

Young City Reads 2018

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The annual 'Big Read' for schools is back with Kid Normal

Jerwood Young Artists

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Jerwood Young Artists perform excerpts across the operatic repertoire

Bridget Christie

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Join Bridget Christie for a night of hope and despair

Lankum

2018 Festival
St George's Church

This Dublin four-piece bring traditional song to a new generation

Sail Away

2018 Festival

Two programmes of classical music specially designed for babies & toddlers

Your Place

2018 Festival

Your Place returns, following its wonderful success in 2017

The Funny World of Gary Northfield and Alex Milway

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Find out about cartooning and comic illustration

Peter Bunzl

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Join Peter Bunzl to talk about all things adventure

Fauna

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

A captivating exploration of primal behaviour in the animal kingdom

Nakhane

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Don’t miss one of South Africa’s brightest stars...

Three Cheers for Women

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Join master storyteller and illustrator Marcia Williams

Dance The NELKEN-Line

2018 Festival
Beach Level by the i360

Join the iconic promenade Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter from NELKEN

The Exploded Circus

2018 Festival

From our friends at Worthing Theatres

The Big Book Group

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Craig Melvin hosts the show for book-lovers, with authors Matt Haig, David

Bang Said the Gun

2018 Festival
St George's Church

The poetry night for people that don’t usually like poetry...

Maisy Mouse Stories

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Join Maisy for her birthday celebrations with professional storyteller Liz

Cake!

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Prepare for props, silliness, singing and fun!

Wriggle Around the World

2018 Festival

Two programmes of classical music specially designed for babies & toddlers

Witch Finder General with A Field in England

2018 Festival
Duke's at Komedia

A series of double bills with Witch Finder General and A Field in England

Football School

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Football can teach you all about science, maths, history and more

Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Meet TV/radio presenter and children’s author Danny Wallace and hear about…

The World of Moominvalley

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

A family event for Moomins fans young and old

Pongwiffy v Magenta Sharp

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

The prolific children’s author is joined by two of her illustrators

Blaas (Blow)

2018 Festival

A weird and wonderful ballet of abstract configurations

The Humours of Bandon

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

A coming-of-age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom

Kronos Quartet with Sam Green and Trio da Kali

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A double dose of Kronos Quartet; looking to their past with a live cinema..

Brett Anderson

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

The lead singer of Suede discusses his memoir Coal Black Mornings

Lucy Humphris and Harry Rylance

2018 Festival
St Nicholas' Church

Trumpeter Lucy Humphris & pianist Harry Rylance perform a varied programme

A Shit Odyssey

2018 Festival
Duke of York's Picturehouse

Documenting David Shrigley's work on Pass the Spoon (2011)

Elephant and Castle

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Theatre show about the joy and terror of talking in your sleep

A Change is Gonna Come

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A concert of interpretations of iconic songs from the Civil Rights movement

Viv Albertine

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Viv Albertine talks on her memoir, and what propelled her to the punk world

Alexander Ullman

2018 Festival
All Saints Church

Meteoric young pianist Alexander Ullman performs Liszts nocturnes

Peacock Poetry Prize 2018

2018 Festival

Young poets aged 11–19 are invited to enter the Peacock Poetry Prize. This…

Lose Your Head

2018 Festival
Duke's at Komedia

Celebrating learning disabled workers in a selection of short films

The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Sex, anxiety and music comes to a head in this remarkable new production

Tangomotan

2018 Festival
All Saints Church

A dynamic quartet that is weaving new musical sounds into Tango

David Shrigley Talk

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

David Shrigley will present an illustrated talk about his work

Chineke! Junior Quartet

2018 Festival
All Saints Church

Chineke! Junior Quartet performs a masterwork by Beethoven

The Wave Epoch

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Artists and muscians imagine what culture will be like in 2000 years

Les Amazones d’Afrique

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

West Africa’s 1st all-female group has formed in the fight against violence

Robert Peston

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Robert Peston on his latest book, exploring what has recently gone wrong

Malcolm Middleton + Iain Shaw

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Malcolm Middleton will preview new songs and revisit older work

Argenta Trio

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

The Argenta Trio performs seldom-heard early trios by Debussy and Shostakov

The Tempest

2018 Festival

Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men for Shakespeare’s spellbinding The Tempest

Megadate

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Tim Key returns with his first stand up show in three years

Brownton Abbey

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A new Afro-futurist collective that will take you to church!

Snigel & Friends

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Founders Room

An inviting new work for children aged 0 - 12 months and their adult

Your Place

2018 Festival

Your Place returns, following its wonderful success in 2017

I Wish I Was A Mountain

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Based on Faldum, a Fairy Tale by Herman Hesse, adapted by Toby Thompson

A Weekend Without Walls - Easthill Park

2015 Festival
Easthill Park

A free afternoon of inventive performances

Brownton Abbey Saturday Service

2018 Festival
The Basement

Get wise to afro-futurist cosmologies with the artists of Brownton Abbey

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Prepare to take flight. A thrilling live experience by virtuoso musicians

Shami Chakrabarti

2018 Festival
Brighton and Hove High School

Shami Chakrabarti talks of her book & examining impact of gender injustice

Poets & Illustrators

2018 Festival
St George's Church

Pairing the finest poets with live illustrators for a sharp night of poetry

Medea, Written in Rage

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

Medea returns from history. And this time she’s telling her own story...

Ezra Furman

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Chicago’s rock’n’roll hero has to be seen to be believed

Sense of Unity

2018 Festival

Discover illuminated puppets baby Dundu and the gentle giant Dundu

A Weekend Without Walls - Beach level by the i360

2015 Festival
Beach Level by the i360

A free afternoon of inventive performances

Creation (Pictures for Dorian)

2018 Festival
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

The arts collective who enjoy a cult-like following bring their new show

Belshazzar’s Feast

2018 Festival
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The great Brighton Festival Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a performance…

Andy Hamilton

2018 Festival
Theatre Royal Brighton

The comedy performer Andy Hamilton will teach you how to cope with change

The Cult of Water

2018 Festival
Brighthelm Centre

Join ‘a masterful storyteller’ in exploring the secrets of our waterways...