Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Brighton Festival Picks: Jonathan Granger

We asked a selection of Brighton dwellers, Brighton lovers and Brighton businesses to give us their Brighton Festival picks. Jonathan Granger who is currently studying in Sussex University shares his highlights...

What do I hope to see this year at Brighton Festival? I don’t even know where to begin!

With such a vast selection of artforms, it would be an understatement for me to list my top three choices.

To keep it short and sweet, I’d have to say, first and foremost, that I’m most looking forward to the dramatisation of Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22”. I’m actually in the middle of reading the book, and now find myself very curious as to how the intriguing slow-paced narrative might translate to theatre. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I’ll just leave it there, but if the performance enchants me like the novel did; then I’ll be sure to get my money’s worth.


I’ve got to say – I’m a sucker for film. Cinema, to me, is the most visually appealing art form because it most accurately portrays situations and emotions. I hope that “Willow and Wind” by Mohammed-Ali Talebi proves that a deep message can be conveyed across the simplest of storylines. The plot is as follows: a school window is broken, and the children can’t concentrate because the rain keeps coming in. I’m hungry to find out how this story might unfold, and greatly anticipate its screening on the 19th of May.


Finally, my love for Jazz can only be satisfied by the French trio: Louis Sclavis and Friends. Renowned leaders in the French jazz scene; Louis Sclavis and friends are sure to leave you in a cigar and brandy kind of mood. So if you’re looking for some relaxing tunes, I really recommend getting tickets for what’s going to be a memorable performance.


So there you have it, my top three picks for Brighton Festival. I greatly look forward to being there, and hope to experience a vibrant atmosphere at one of Britain’s most acclaimed art festivals.