Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Why the sheep?

Many of you have been asking why we’ve chosen a sheep to represent Brighton Festival 2014.

Initially, inspiration was gleaned from seeing Hofesh Shechter’s Sun and spying this lovely fella in the production.


Since our Guest Director Hofesh Shechter was going to bring Sun ‘home’ to Brighton on the conclusion of its first world tour, it seemed appropriate we should celebrate this and work from it as a starting point. As the idea grew other elements were added – had you noticed the fleece is made up of dancers? Our sheep was designed to celebrate and symbolise many of the strands and themes that are important to this year’s Festival and to convey the sentiments of our Guest Director Hofesh Shechter. We wanted everyone, from anywhere of any background to be able to ‘flock to the arts’, which Hofesh can explain more succinctly…

‘I always loved performing in festivals. It’s a place where everyone is an outsider and – immediately – nobody is. A place of gathering, where cultures and society can be questioned, celebrated and ridiculed, a space where we restructure the world the way we want it – a great festival feels like a country all of its own. It’s been my quest to bring as many disruptive voices, imaginative and interpretative responses to the world we live in – as many black sheep as possible to our newly formed republic.’

If you’d like to know more about the illustrator, Chris Kasch then head this way.

If you missed the spectacular Sun at our opening weekend, don’t panic - there’s heaps more fantastic dance and performance to come. Take a look at this video from our Dance programmer Cath James - Programme Director at South East Dance and leads Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival Dance Programming.