Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Guest Director

The inaugural Guest Director was visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), followed by musician Brian Eno (2010), Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012), poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013), choreographer, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter (2014), award-winning author Ali Smith (2015), pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson (2016), acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest (2017) and visual artist David Shrigley (2018) and Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré (2019)

2009: Anish Kapoor

Brighton Festival’s inaugural Guest Artistic Director…

2010: Brian Eno

Brian Eno's contribution to 2010's programme ranged…

2011: Aung San Suu Kyi

Brighton Festival celebrated liberty and freedom with…

2012: Vanessa Redgrave

Stage, screen and television actress, UNICEF Goodwill…

2013: Michael Rosen

Celebrated poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children's…

2014: Hofesh Shechter

This year the critically acclaimed choreographer,…

2015: Ali Smith

The 49th Brighton Festival Guest Director is award-winning…

2016: Laurie Anderson

Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson took…

2017: Kate Tempest

The Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 was…

2018: David Shrigley

Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2018 was David…

2019: Rokia Traoré

Brighton Festival 2019 Guest Director was Malian singer,…