Must-see Outdoor Events at Brighton Festival this May
Enjoy the Spring sun with your friends and family at our outdoor events around Brighton & Hove this May. Here are 11 events you can’t miss!
ARRIVALS + DEPARTURES
Fri 30 April - Sat 8 May | FREE
Take a stroll to the Royal Pavilion Gardens to experience an interactive installation by artist duo YARA + DAVINA. ARRIVALS + DEPARTURES celebrates birth, death and the journey in between, inviting visitors to submit the name of someone who has arrived or departed, as a way to celebrate a birth or commemorate a death.
Sat 1- Sun 31 May | FREE
HERSTORY is a city-wide audio storytelling experience that uncovers the stories of women usually hidden from history. Scan a unique QR code at listening posts in Hangleton, Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Central Brighton to discover the stories and portraits of women from Brighton.
Points of Departure
Sat 1- Sun 23 May
Against the backdrop of night, take a walk through the atmospheric industrial landscape of Shoreham Port and be dazzled by otherworldly sound and light installations by award-winning sound artist, theatre-maker and composer Ray Lee. Don't miss out, book your tickets now.
Up My Street
Sat 1 & Sun 2 May | FREE
Step into augmented reality in this street art and performance trail, allowing digital dancers to climb and dance on real buildings. In Up My Street, use the phones provided to interact with graffiti by artist Scotty B and Brave Arts. Experienced through a smartphone, the trail presents themes around migration and culminates in a chance to use your phone like a spray can and create your own virtual street art together, interacting with other audience members and the real world around you. Book your free ticket.
Sat 1 - Sun 2 May | FREE
Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery, and Deanna Rodgers are creating an inspiring light poem that will visit public spaces throughout the City on the opening weekend of the festival. Spot it live or follow on social media as we emerge from the pandemic.
Lemonade: Music on the move
Sat 1 - Sun 31 May
Explore and discover exclusively composed songs hidden across the Brighton landscape. Ranging from hip hop to experimental to UK jazz and neo-soul, inspired by the theme of this year's Festival, ‘Care’. Brought to you by brand new location-based music platform, Lemonade, which are releasing their public beta version for the very first time for Brighton Festival 2021.
Window Gallery at Phoenix Art Space: Care
Sat 1 - Sat 30 May | FREE
Take a stroll to the Window Gallery at Phoenix Art Space, to discover a range of work by Phoenix studio artists. The artists have been invited to consider the theme of ‘care’ for a group exhibition. What does care mean within the context of a global pandemic? How we can better care for ourselves, our communities and our environment?
Sat 1 - Sat 31 May
Cycle through the streets of the city, guided by an app, to search for the perfect place to hide a secret, and ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places.Think about the people in your life while you search for hiding places. Record messages and share them with strangers you will never meet. Find out more about Rider Spoke and book tickets.
Pier to Pier
Mon 10 May - Sun 6 June | FREE
Pier to Pier is a public artwork exploring the 14 miles between Brighton Pier and Worthing Pier. Local theatre and performance company RAPT interviewed 14 people who live or work on the coast and worked with a coastal choir to create an immersive sound installation played from an audio bench travelling the Sussex Coast. Follow the bench’s journey here and take a moment to sit, look out and listen.
Without Walls @ Our Place
Fri 28 - Sat 30 May | FREE
Discover exhilarating FREE and NEW pop-up performances from some of the UK’s most innovative outdoor companies. Bring your family to your local park to celebrate the return of live performance from hip-hop to aerial dance in joyful style! This year, these Without Walls presentations are part of Our Place –our community celebration of creativity – please see here for more information on other events running as part of the exciting Our Place programme.
Fri 26 - Mon 31 May | FREE
Take a selfie and Kaleider’s non-learning AI will interpret it into a line drawing. When you are happy with what it comes up with, press submit and your face could join hundreds of others in a giant mural created by a wall-drawing robot. Wherever you are in the world you will be able to submit your selfie and watch via a livestream as the massive mural emerges over four days. Learn more about Robot Selfie and how to get involved.
A multisensory experience of matter formation in the early universe, by Brighton based artists Semiconductor
The Forked Forest Path
Enter into Olafur Eliasson's immersive installation at Fabrica, and explore the twisting pathways of a fairytale forest
Abigail Conway: The Candle Project
An ode to resilience, a celebration of shadow and light, an ancient ritual for our times