Brighton Festival’s inaugural Guest Artistic Director Anish Kapoor turned Brighton into a city-wide art gallery. His pieces, including two Brighton Festival commissions, were placed in various locations ranging from a disused market building to Pavilion Gardens and even up on the South Downs where C-Curve attracted over 10,000 people who made the mile long walk to reach it.
Brighton Festival 2009 saw world-class artists converge on the city: the music programme saw special performances by Diamanda Galás, Bon Iver and Orquestra Aragón. Brighton Dome’s Resident Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, wowed audiences with two commissions: The Art of Not Looking Back, choreographed for and performed by the female members of the company, and Bangers and Mash performed by three bands and 10 dance groups from across the region. Rimini Protokoll made their first visit to the UK with Breaking News and Hydrocracker's The Erpingham Camp took over Brighton Pier for a riotous and anarchic promenade performance.