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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 brightondome.org/jobs

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 cityreads.co.uk

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 info@fabrica.org.uk 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 fatsandproductions.com 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?

Gillian Wearing: ‘A Room With Your Views’

Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing will present the world premiere of Your Views - one of the largest collaborative film projects ever to be produced - at HOUSE, Brighton’s festival of visual art, and Brighton Festival 2016 – the largest and most established multi-arts festival in England which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

‘A Room With Your Views’, by Gillian Wearing, will be a video installation and exhibition premiering ‘Your Views’, which takes place in Brighton University Galleries and is the artist’s first solo exhibition on the South Coast of England.

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, with HOUSE, for Brighton Festival’s 50th anniversary year, the project invites anyone to film a short clip of either their curtains or blinds opening to reveal a view from their window. Like the curtains going up at the beginning of a stage play, each view is a pictorial unveiling of a landscape, cityscape or even a brick wall. 

The film asks for contributions to be uploaded to www.yourviews.org. It is hoped that Brighton & Hove residents will feel compelled to send their own films to the project as well as participants from far further afield. 

Gillian Wearing, OBE, commented, “It feels personal in the way that each person has approached the instructions to the film and universal as it unites the world in the harmonious gesture of opening the curtains, blinds or shutters to give us a glimpse of their views. I am delighted by this opportunity to present ‘A Room With Your Views’ to the HOUSE and Brighton Festival audience and hopefully the work will include some local participant’s films too.”

Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said, “We are delighted to have co-commissioned Gillian Wearing for Brighton Festival 2016. In this – our 50th year – we particularly wanted to reflect on the nature of ‘home’ and ‘place’ and this project does just that, providing an insight into people’s views from their windows throughout the world. I can’t wait to see the project develop and hope that the whole community will get involved by sending in their own films”. 

Judy Stevens, HOUSE Director, said, “We are pleased to be working with Gillian Wearing and with Brighton Festival, to produce a new piece of work for HOUSE 2016 and excited that A Room With Your Views will form the centre piece of this year’s HOUSE festival. As such the work acts as inspiration and catalyst for a series of further commissions and community projects from an impressive range of young, mid-career and marginalized artists.”

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For further enquiries, please contact:

Emma Robertson, Head of Press and PR – emma.robertson@brightonfestival.org I 01273 260803
Chris Challis, Senior Press Officer – chris.challis@brightonfestival.org | 01273 260838

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Notes to Editors


About Brighton Festival –

• Brighton Festival is an annual mixed arts festival which takes place across three weeks in the city each May, with an average audience reach of 150,000

• Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010, the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012, poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013, choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2014 and award-winning author Ali Smith in 2015..

• Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing arts festival, offering an ambitious programme that makes the most of the city’s distinctive atmosphere.

• Brighton Festival is England’s most established mixed arts Festival and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar

• Brighton Festival includes visual art, theatre, music, dance, books and debates, family friendly events and outdoor performances throughout the city including site-specific and unusual locations.

• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival produces the annual Brighton Festival and also manages the three venues of Brighton Dome year round. It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.

• The first Brighton Festival in 1967 controversially included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin

• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival manages a year round programme of arts at Brighton Dome – a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre - and produces the annual Brighton Festival in May.

• It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and to inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.

• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are a registered arts charity


About HOUSE

• Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a curated, contemporary visual arts strand running at the same time as Brighton Festival, and in part a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. It commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects from Open Submission, the work of critically engaged artists based in south-east England. Inherent to HOUSE is an interest in the threshold between private and public space, where there is potential to experience new ideas and different ways of thinking, both within the artistic process. Previous years’ Invited Artists have been Nathan Coley (2014), Yinka Shonibare MBE (2014), Mariele Neudecker (2013) and David Batchelor (2012).

Brighton Festival Live: The Cult of Water

The Cult of Water will be live streamed on Sun 27 May at 9pm. 

Join ‘masterful storyteller’ (Radio Times) Dr. David Bramwell for a candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our waterways.

Aided by a witch, Jarvis Cocker, and magician-author Alan Moore, David Bramwell battles his own thalassophobia (the fear of ‘what lurks beneath’) to unearth little-known stories and myths that surround our rivers.

The River Don is the focal point for this psycho-geographical journey that blends music, animation and film with captivating monologue. You’ll also learn about Brighton’s lost River Wellsbourne in a post-show Q&A.

Volunteer with England's biggest mixed arts Festival

Embrace Brighton’s epic Festival season, be at the heart of the action in this milestone 50th year and gain invaluable work experience within a busy arts organisation. Any time you can offer would be much appreciated – we'd love to have you on board to help make our 50th Festival the best yet. 

All Volunteers will be provided with an official Festival t-shirt and a tote bag filled with great local discounts, and will also gain access to exclusive Festival ticket offers and social events.

We're still looking for Volunteers to fill the following roles...  

Heritage Ambassadors for Dr Blighty
Req'd afternoon shifts 24th-26th May, and ideally to attend a rehearsal on 21st May
- Working as a team to greet and assist the audience around the Pavilion Gardens
- Giving information to audience members (You will be briefed and supplied with materials)

ONCA Gallery and St Nicholas'Church Invigilators
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- On site to welcome visitors and answer questions at these Visual Art exhibitions

The Last Resort Performance Stewards
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- On site to help guide audience members through the performance.

The Last Resort Full Time Assistants
Req'd full time throughout May
- This opportunity would entail taking on a deeper role within the work and the chosen person would be able to spend time with the company post show learning more about the company's practice and the creation of the show. There is also the added possibility that this person might get the chance to tour with the work in the future.

Marketing & Promotions Ambassadors
Req'd for flexible shifts throughout May
- Getting out and about to our venues to update our branding - banners, flyers, posters etc
- Conducting market research by asking audience members to fill out short surveys
- Giving out flyers and chatting to the public around town to generate excitement about the events
- Exit-flyering before or after our own and external events

Brighton Station Info Booth Representatives
Req'd for flexible shifts Fridays-Sundays throughout May
- Chatting to the public
- Promoting What's On that day
- Generating excitement about the events

Children's Parade Assistants
Req'd Sunday 7th May morning shift
- Setting up banners and bunting
- Handing out schedules, flyers and masks etc.

Registration to volunteer at Brighton Festival 2016 is still open, click here to complete our short registration form...

Alternatively, drop us an email at volunteers@brightonfestival.org stating which role(s) you're interested in, and your availability, or feel free to call on 01273 700747.

Hamptons International are providing generous support towards our Brighton Festival Volunteers programme.

Brighton Festival announces major new commission for 2016 inspired by untold story of First World War

Brighton Festival - alongside commissioning partners 14-18 NOW and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove - has today announced a major new commission inspired by the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of men who travelled from India to fight for the Allies in the First World War.  

Created by performance company Nutkhut and brought together by a creative team that includes designer Tom Piper (Tower of London poppies), the ambitious, large-scale, immersive outdoor experience Dr Blighty is the latest event revealed for the 50th edition of Brighton Festival in May 2016.