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Brighton Festival Highlights - Day by Day

What a smashing Festival. We loved every second and we loved sharing it with you. We thought we’d have little reminisce with some of many Brighton Festival highlights and some of the wonderful comments we received.

Day 1
Hofesh Shechter leads the Children’s Parade to the beat of his own riff ably supported by the Mayor
Over 1000 people visit Nowhere & Everywhere at the Same Time No.2, on its opening day
Enjoyed the William Forsythe pendulum installation at Circus St so much we went twice today! The kids were captivated too” - Jon
Sun comes home to Brighton
Yvonne says: “Received strong dose of Sun at brightfest and spent the night dreaming of sheep. Stunning production.”

Day 2
Murikamification picks up passers by to follow this amazing dancing and then join hands for a circle dance and wins an Argus Angel
12 year old boy says: “I don’t know what it is - but I like it. This is just hardcore Parkour – he ends like a majestic swan"
Art and Sound installations draw the crowds to great acclaim: Jessie says: “LOVED the Zimoun: Sound in Motion exhibition nice to be reminded that things can be beautiful in all kinds of ways”
Hofesh Shechter reveals all in Sun Dust 
“Enjoying @brightfest this weekend. Hofesh Shechter demonstrated what his dancers are actually listening to whilst dancing. Amazing” - audience member tweet

Sun Dust

Day 3
Daily Telegraph describes opening weekend of the Festival as “visionary” – we are chuffed!!

Day 4
Turner prize winner Martin Creed and his band deliver an off-beat performance and Opus No.7, another Argus Angel winner, continues to delight

Day 5
Talvin Singh’s Bombay Talkie blows the audience away…
Rowan says: “Heart melted & mind blown watching Bombay Talkies for @ Brightfest. Talvin Singh is the coolest guy I've ever seen. Roopa Panesar - just wow.”

Day 6
We welcomed Cheek By Jowl to Theatre Royal with Tis Pity She’s a Whore the audience said:
“absolutely tremendous, fantastic, thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.. If you are going to see anything through the Festival, this is the one to see!”

Day 7
Down By the Greenwood Side opens in Lewes in the disused Harvey’s Brewery depot and wins an Argus Angel 45 years after it premiered at Brighton Festival on the West Pier
“A gripping show” Richard Morrison, The Times****

Day 8
Invisible Flock’s Bring the Happy open their happy memory collecting shop at Onca gallery.
543 happy memories are collected over 10 days

Day 9
Legend of Hamba’ world premieres in Pavilion Gardens
Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 80th birthday
Gavin Henderson Antiphonies are performed in the Pavilion Gardens and Action Hero attract the crowds for more free events with Slap Talk

Day 10
Whilst Zara McFarlane is the big jazz star of the Festival at TOM – she says “Definitely the best weekend of the year so far @brightfest”
Ours was the Fen Country expands to fill the Corn Exchange part of the caravan showcase

Day 11
Hauschka puts his pianos through their paces and his performance is one of the 12 shows that are live streamed
Catch 22 opens at Theatre Royal with a WW2 bomber right across the stage!


Day 12
Brian Lobel opens his poignant installation Mourning Glory in the Founders Room
Hofesh’s dancers return with the wonderful In Good Company

Day 13
Wild Justice from Hydrocracker claims another Argus Angel
Lost Dog premiere their Festival Commission Like Rabbits – which they are!
David McCandless fills the Concert Hall and shares data stories about “the new soil” revealing whether toast or porridge is more popular (its toast by a mile) – George says “informative, beautiful & fun. Wish I could do a Venn diagram of it”.

Day 14
Our lunchtime concerts continue to delight: “Just been to a piano recital by the superbly gifted Jonathan Biss - definitely the highlight of my #BrightFest so far!”
Jeremy Deller shares his Desert Island Pics
Whilst Gruff Rhys finds his inner animal - “Charming, funny & beautiful musical journey with Welsh adventurer John Evans & the captivating vocals of Gruff Rhys"

Day 15
ZOO use a prepared piano in their enhanced dance with John Cage for 5 year olds
‘Safe House’ wins an Argus Angel described as, “Innovative, graceful, effective, well staged, clever. Loved it. Come back to brightfest again”.

Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music

Day 16
Ida Barr mashes things up outside the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Brian Lobel performs ‘Purge’ - “Purge- stunning, funny, insightful, heartfelt. Off to complete my own purge and can't wait”
Cat Power brings her extended song set to Brighton Dome
“An artist at the peak of her powers”, Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian****

Day 17
The Epicene Butcher wins another Argus Angel
“Loved The Epicene Butcher. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, always engaging”
Peaches brings the Theatre Royal house down 
“What a woman. What a show”, Caroline Sullivan The Guardian

Peaches Christ Superstar

Day 18
Tipping Point opens including a live performance and our Visual Art installations continue to entice and excite.

Day 19
Circus Feria Musica mesmerise with Sinue 
 Laurence says:“Amazing show - playful, exhilarating, funny, beautiful”. 
“I leave the theatre as if I have just emerged from a flotation chamber.”  - The Circus Diaries

Day 20
The Sleeping Army march primary schools into the Brighton Dome Concert Hall for Francesca Simon’s Young City Reads talk.
Flown fuses comedy, music and circus to fill the Theatre Shakespeare’s Globe brave the elements in Much Ado About Nothing … and win

Day 21
Dark & Stormy mini crime fest weekend opens
Bring the Happy Live uses the record breaking 543 memories to create their live wedding/wake show
Emmylou Harris makes a special visit for a sold out Brighton dome Concert Hall gig
One Million takes Black Rock by storm with 60 local young people in the cast

Credit: Dan Dennison

Day 22
Munch!’ shares out some waffles to an appreciative audience
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus on stunning form in the Brighton Festival exclusive concert which had a staggering 237 performers and then the 23 strong string section give a spine-tingling late night performance of Strauss’s Metamorphosen the atmospheric Circus Street Market.

Day 23
Spies: Fact & Fiction sees Stella Rimington admitting to reading the odd spy novel under her desk in her younger days
26 Letters leaves us believing in Unicorns and wins another Argus Angel
People enjoyed a last dance in the Forsythe installation – record-breaking last day with 1280 visitors – also wins final special critics choice Argus Angel
Hofesh Shechter finishes with his closing night joke, with Les Slovaks performing their improvised Opening Night

William Forsythe Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

We'lll finish up with this wonderful tweet now: “In fact, I think this year's @brightfest is one of the best yet. Excellent programme of events”

WHAT A FESTIVAL! We had a lot of fun! Thank you all and thank you for your feedback!

We’ll see you next year - 2 – 24 May 2015