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Have you got the skills to be this year's Brighton Festival Photographer?

Would you like to be an integral part of England's largest mixed arts festival? Are you an amazing photographer?Are you looking to boost your portfolio? Then we have just the thing for you. Read on....

Brighton Festival Photography Brief - 2013
Project fee: £1,500


Produce and supply professional photography for three weeks of Brighton Festival 4-26 May 2013, to include photography of at least 20 events, rehearsals and/or live show, including audience shots if appropriate.

Photograph selected Brighton Festival venues and key installations.

Photograph people at selected Brighton Festival venues and events.

To take portrait shots of the Guest Director, CEO and other stakeholders at the above events and on other occasions to be mutually agreed between photographer and Brighton Festival.

Fee inclusive of digital processing, edit and supply of corrected RGB files on CD both high and low res versions.

All photographs will be licensed to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival for use in marketing, publicity, development and advocacy activities in print and online. All photographs will be credited as appropriate and licensed for 25 years.

These photos will also be licensed for the use of the Festival’s key partners defined as 1. Arts Council England 2. Department or Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) 3. Brighton & Hove City Council 4. Visit Brighton 5. Visit England 6. South East Dance 7. American Express 8. Peyton & Byrne

This assignment and terms would be for Brighton Festival 2013 only.


  • Must have previous experience of photographing live events and people.
  • Must have experience of working with in the arts.
  • Must have experience of photographing in a wide-range of lighting settings.
  • Must have own equipment; cameras, lenses and lights.


Please send a covering letter and a link to your online portfolio to by Fri 22 Mar 2013.

We want YOU for this year’s Brighton Festival!

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are excited to announce a great opportunity to get involved with our historic, vibrant arts venue and the biggest arts festival in England. 

If you are passionate about the arts, friendly and energetic perhaps you’d like to be a volunteer Festival Maker this year?

Festival Makers will carry on the fantastic success of the volunteers in 2012 and make 2013 another amazing year of culture and entertainment.

As a Festival Maker you will have the opportunity to assist in delivering a whole range of exciting events for the Festival including helping the Marketing department or Ticket Office, organising Welcome Packs for artists, supporting Front of House staff, meeting and greeting artists and setting up displays and decorations.

There will be opportunities for Makers to work weekdays and weekends, daytimes and evenings – so whatever your availability please get in touch if you would like to be part of the vibrant Brighton Festival.

This is an exciting opportunity for anybody interested in learning more about working in a busy arts organisation and developing their skills and knowledge in this area.

We are looking for reliable and enthusiastic people who have a keen interest in the arts, so please do get in touch to take part.

There will be an Open Evening Tuesday 12 March at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre from 4pm – 7pm.

For more information about our volunteering opportunities and to download full details of each, please visit

Record-breaking year for Brighton Festival ticket sales

The Ticket Office opened today for the first morning of Brighton Festival public booking and it’s been a record-breaking year that even a rainy day couldn’t quell. 

This year, Members bought over 10,000 tickets in the last week and today there had been sales of over 5,000 tickets by 2pm.

Bestsellers so far have included The Flaming Lips, Britten: The Canticles, The Tiger Lillies, Sutra, Sinead O’Connor, King Lear, Lucinda Williams, How Like An Angel, Musik Kabarett and Earfilms. Tickets are still available for all of these shows too.

This year 60% of bookings have also been made on online via the new Brighton Festival website. And even with the wet weather there have been queues of hardy people visiting our Ticket Office despite the rain and out five-strong counter team have been working hard since the opening hours.

'It’s always great to see the reaction to Brighton Festival’s programme when we open booking to the public. The demand and enthusiasm for this year’s events has been record-breaking - with so many shows across a wide range of art forms, it’s wonderful to see our programme capturing the imagination of ticket buyers old and new. Despite the damp weather, the queue outside the ticket office this morning was in good spirits and we are pleased to see continued public support of this, the 47th city-wide Festival.' Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

Some events have now sold out including Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt & Chocolate Cake; Daniel Kitson; The Contents of a House and the free (but ticketed) events Felix Machines and A High Street Odyssey.

However there is plenty time for those who still want to snap up some tickets to this year’s Festival which is set to be a great one with Guest Director Michael Rosen at the helm.

HOUSE 2013 launches with news of Brighton Festival Co-commission

HOUSE, Brighton’s festival of art and domestic space, is pleased to announce Mariele Neudecker as Lead Artist for the 2013 edition of the Festival, in a co-commission with Brighton Festival. 

Other artists also being announced for HOUSE 2013 include Andrew Kotting with Anonymous Bosch, Emma Critchley, Dylan Shipton & Ben Fitton and David Wightman who have all been chosen by Open Submission to develop work connecting to Neudecker’s commission - Heterotopias and other domestic landscapes - and responding to the Festival’s overarching domestic theme.

For her commission Neudecker undertook a sled expedition with native hunters to North West Greenland, documenting the experience using cameras spanning the whole history of photography – from pinhole through Polaroid to modern digital technology- to createHeterotopias and other domestic landscapes. The work utilises Brighton’s Regency Town House as a container for an increasingly immersive installation of sculpture, film and photography.

Andrew Comben, CEO Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said, 'We are delighted to have co-commissioned Mariele Neudecker’s visionary installation in partnership with HOUSE 2013, which reflects on one of the themes of this year’s festival - Vergissmeinnicht forget me not) - and in particular considers the disappearance of people, ideas of loss and the extinction of habitats. By working in partnership with HOUSE 2013 and others across the city we have again been able to thread together an ambitious and wide ranging festival of events including a strong visual arts offer of which this co-commission is part.'

Guest Curator for HOUSE 2013, Celia Davies, said, 'HOUSE 2013 revolves around the idea of inside/outside landscapes that distort and play with our ideas of perception. With human interest and relationship to landscape central to Neudecker’s work, her ambitious commission attempts to capture change and temporality, permanence and stability in the otherworldly atmosphere of Regency Town House.'

HOUSE 2013’s other commissioned artists have responded to Neudecker’s mediated dissection of the landscape, and the festival’s domestic theme by taking real or imagined journeys inside the Earth, high above it, underground, or simply by staying put in suburbia: Andrew Kotting and Anonymous Bosch go on a subterranean adventure in the French Pyrenees; Emma Critchley interweaves voice and under water movement underground; Dylan Shipton& Ben Fitton’s grounded airship collapses the Sublime with the ridiculous; and David Wightman collages large-scale Romantic landscape paintings using patterned domestic wallpaper.

One City, One Book

Today is World Book Day!

What better way to celebrate than with the launch of the first ever Young City Reads project as part of Brighton Festival 2013.

Brought to us by Collected Works CIC, the organisation behind Brighton & Hove’s annual citywide reading festival City Reads, Young City Reads offers children across Brighton & Hove the experience of reading and exploring a book as a part of a community.

The book in question is the classic children’s adventure story, Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner’s which has been specially chosen by Brighton Festival 2013 Guest Director, Michael Rosen.

‘Emil and the Detectives flowers with inventiveness, excitement, humour, originality and tension. I think it’s wonderful that a whole city is going to read the book at the same time. I think this will build up a great sense of everyone exploring the book together.’ Michael Rosen

Young City Reads will be engaging the young people of Brighton until the 24th May through a host of special events, workshops and performances that will allow children to discuss, debate and creatively engage with one of Michael Rosens’s favourite books with the hope of inspiring a new generation of story lovers.

For more information about the project and how to get involved, visit

Fabrica needs the shirt off your back

Well not literally, but if you want to give us the actual shirt off your back then that’s fine too.

Leading Brighton gallery Fabrica is working in partnership with Brighton Festival to commission two major new works, one for its gallery space and another for an outdoor location in the city, both created by leading Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen.

Working primarily in public and easily accessible places, Kaarina Kaikkonen uses simple, everyday objects such as second-hand clothing and shoes to create large-scale sculptures.

The two new works that she is creating for Brighton Festival will be made from shirts. Lots of shirts. Probably around 1200 of them. And that’s where you come in!

Over the next few weeks we are collecting men’s, women’s and children’s shirts of all shapes, styles and sizes. We are working in with Oxfam to get started but we also need your help. So have a rummage in your wardrobe, your partner’s wardrobe or anyone else’s wardrobe and let us have your no longer loved (or fitting) shirts. The shirts will be used whole (not cut up, dyed or damaged in any way) and at the end of the exhibition they will all be donated to Oxfam. In the meantime they - and by extension you - can become part of these new artworks.

'My idea is that people could feel themselves to be part of my work' Kaarina Kaikkonen

Shirts can be donated at the Fabrica office at 40 Duke Street during office hours or by arrangement. Contact 01273 778646 or if you have any questions.

Video: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're not scared! Michael Rosen's much-loved poem is reinvented exclusively for Brighton Festival 2013. A big thank you to everyone who gave their time to help make this film.

Filmed and produced by Fat Sand Productions. 

The making of ‘Bear Hunt’

This year we decided to do something different to raise awareness of Brighton Festival, and with a Guest Director like Michael Rosen what better way to kick things off by making a film based on one of his most iconic poems? 

Brave Brighton-based filmmakers Fat Sand Productions took on the challenge of helping us in our mission and tracked down Michael Rosen himself, friends of the Festival, members of the public and even some of our own team to each read a line of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt each in an iconic setting in across the city.

One of the filmmakers, Sarita Tam, commented, "I remember being in primary school, sitting on the floor watching my Year 3 teacher read this poem aloud to us, actions and all. But what I didn’t remember was quite how long the poem is: 99 lines to be precise! From the onset, we knew it was a rather large mountain to climb for a sleepy January, but we wanted to burn off the Christmas calories!"

Over a 16 day period and working through some very snowy conditions and late into the nights, the Fat Sand team managed to film a varied bunch of people including Michael Rosen, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, our local BBC news crew, lawyers, engineers, journalists, artists, surfers, students, builders, councilors, ice-cream men, artists, choirs, chefs and even a dog named Archie; who all valiantly read a line of ‘Bear Hunt’ to camera.

Fat Sand ventured into the depths of Brighton Dome and then onto the roof, into the sea, onto the pier, up to Preston Manor and even over to visit some school children in the Book Nook in Hove during the filming.

Each of our brave participants read one or two lines from the poem, which Fat Sand cleverly edited together for a full, and rather interesting, recital of the poem. We were proud to show the film at our launch events on Wed 27 Feb, but you can watch it online here.

See more of what Fat Sand Productions get up to by visiting or follow them @fatsand

Brighton Festival Live Streams

We announce the first live streamed event here. How many do we think they'll be in total?