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Visual Arts and Film

ARRIVALS + DEPARTURES

A public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, created by artist duo YARA + DAVINA

30 Apr - 8 May 2021
Spoken Word

HERSTORY

A city-wide audio storytelling experience that uncovers the stories of women usually hidden from history

1 - 31 May 2021
Books and Debate

Vintage Poets

Vintage presents some of its new stars for the future: Romalyn Ante, Jay Bernard and Seán Hewitt.

Date TBC
Books and Debate

Artists Working with Data

A panel discussion as part of the HALO talks & workshops programme

1 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Window Gallery at Phoenix Art Space: Care

Our Phoenix studio artists have been invited to consider the theme of ‘care’ for a group exhibition. What does care mean within the context of a global…

1 - 30 May 2021
Theatre

Rider Spoke - Blast Theory

Cycle through the streets, searching for the perfect place to hide a secret. Ride on and the voices of strangers will draw you to new and unknown places

1 - 23 May 2021
Books and Debate

Michael Rosen’s Brighton Birthday

Writer and poet Michael Rosen celebrates his 75th birthday at Brighton Festival, sharing stories of his life and work with Hannah Azieb Pool

Date TBC
Visual Arts and Film

HOME: THE MUSEUM OF ORDINARY PEOPLE (MOOP) and MNEMOSCENE

Discover fascinating stories of ordinary people in this immersive exhibition

1 May - 6 Jun 2021
Visual Arts and Film

I See Red

Miss Represented’s short film gathers material drawn from discussions and work created over the last two terms with young women across secondary schools…

1 - 31 May 2021
Children and Family

Our Place

A FREE Community Celebration of Creativity for Hangleton and Knoll, East Brighton and (for the first time) Moulsecoomb and Bevendean

1 - 31 May 2021
Contemporary Music

Lemonade: Music on the move

A location-based music exploration

1 - 31 May 2021
Theatre

Daily Profundis

Simon Butteriss reads De Profundis in its entirety in daily episodes

1 - 15 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Recovery Poems

An inspiring light poem, visiting public spaces throughout the City

1 - 2 May 2021
Children and Family

Children's Parade At Large

Honouring the spirit of the iconic community event

1 - 31 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Up My Street

Step into augmented reality in this street art and performance trail, allowing digital dancers to climb and dance around the real streets and buildings…

1 - 2 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Ray Lee: Points of Departure

Against the backdrop of night, take a walk through the atmospheric industrial landscape of Shoreham Port and be dazzled by otherworldly sound and light…

1 - 23 May 2021
Online

Birth Café

As part of ARRIVALS + DEPARTURES events, you're welcome to join us, eat cake and talk about birth.

2 May 2021
Books and Debate

Global Conversations: Myth and Discovery

To celebrate the 180th anniversary of The London Library, Monique Roffey (UK) and C Pam Zhang (USA) come together to discuss the common themes of myth…

3 May 2021
Online

Death Café

In these uncertain times, amidst a global pandemic and social isolation, we offer you the time and space to come together and talk about your thoughts…

4 May 2021
Theatre

House Mother Normal - Online

A digital installation inspired by BS Johnson's celebrated novel, directed by Tim Crouch.

5 - 31 May 2021
Books and Debate

Angela Saini on Science

In a career that demonstrates a profound love for science, Angela Saini, award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, has latterly become known for…

6 May 2021
Online

Redefining Grief

Loss is not just about death. We grieve losses of all kinds: people we loved, people we couldn’t love, pets, relationships, lifestyles, our jobs, a home,…

6 May 2021
Online

Tell Me Something About Family

Lemn Sissay's new project, lighting up the world with stories, phrases and sayings about family 

7 May 2021
Books and Debate

Global Conversations: Writing Work

Two pivotal writers of the future, Kiley Reid (USA) & Hiroko Oyamada (Japan), unpack the culture of work and what it tells us about being human

7 May 2021
Children and Family

HALO Family Workshops with Leap Then Look

A workshop for children age 5+ as part of the HALO talks & workshops programme

8 - 15 May 2021
Children and Family

Snow Foal and Otters’ Moon

Author Susanna Bailey discusses her children’s novels and how the natural world can care for us all

8 May 2021
Children and Family

Looking for Clues

Meet the authors of the hottest whodunnits around, with Robin Stevens, Sharna Jackson and Elly Griffiths

8 May 2021
Books and Debate

Global Conversations: African Diaspora Movements

Courttia Newland (UK) & Dr Kelvin C. Black (USA) discuss African Diaspora Movements, from tap dance and patois to South African viral hit Jerusalema

8 May 2021
Outdoor

Pier to Pier

What is it like to live on the edge? What keeps us balanced in turbulent times? What do we feel when we look to the horizon?

10 May - 6 Jun 2021
Books and Debate

Hic Sunt Leones - Hunting for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider

A talk about the science behind HALO, as part of the HALO talks & workshops programme

11 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

this body is so impermanent...

Made in isolation by a group of virtuosic and singular artists on three continents, who have come together to create an hour-long meditation on this transformation…

11 May 2021
Books and Debate

Semiconductor in conversation with Ariane Koek

A talk from artists Semiconductor, as part of the HALO talks & workshops programme

13 May 2021
Books and Debate

Global Conversations: A Heritage of Resistance

Befekadu Hailu (Ethiopia) & Eyob Derillo (UK) unpack their roots in resistance and imagine what Ethiopia's future might be

14 May 2021
Children and Family

Jacqueline Wilson

The beloved children’s author joins us for an online event to talk about past work and her latest novel, The Runaway Girls

15 May 2021
Children and Family

Rainbow Grey

A fun-filled and magical drawalong with Laura Ellen Anderson

15 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Yolk and Aliens

Set within a personal memory shop, we invite you to experience a truly unique journey from Jane Horrocks  

17 - 31 May 2021
Classical Music

Roberto Ruisi and Sten Heinoja

Performing music by Debussy and Beethoven’s mighty ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata

17 May 2021
Theatre

House Mother Normal - Site Specific

A digital installation inspired by BS Johnson's celebrated novel, directed by Tim Crouch.

17 - 31 May 2021
Classical Music

Schwanengesang

Baritone Roderick Williams is joined by rising stars Ella Taylor and Themba Mvula to explore Schubert’s Schwanengesang

17 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

The Forked Forest Path

Enter into Olafur Eliasson's immersive installation at Fabrica, and explore the twisting pathways of a fairytale forest

18 May - 20 Jun 2021
Classical Music

Paul Lewis

One of the world's great pianists Paul Lewis in recital, performing works by Mozart, Mussorgsky and Scriabin

18 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

HALO

A multisensory experience of matter formation in the early universe, by Brighton based artists Semiconductor

19 May - 4 Jun 2021
Classical Music

Adrian Brendel and Joanna MacGregor

Two exceptional soloists perform sonatas by Britten, Bridge and Franck

19 May 2021
Classical Music

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

The Chineke! Chamber Ensemble perform Schubert’s beloved ‘Trout’ quintet alongside two folksong arrangements by the remarkable American composer Florence…

19 May 2021
Contemporary Music

The Informals II: Performance

An improvised documentary experience: an exhibition and performance by artists Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kuhne, in collaboration with emerging talent…

20 May 2021
Classical Music

Benson Wilson and Lucy Colquhoun

The baritone, winner of the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Award, performs works by Schubert, Mahler, Britten and Ravel

20 May 2021
Online

The Exchange

A new collaboration between internationally acclaimed artists and young people in Brighton & Hove

20 May 2021
Books and Debate

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Celebrated journalist Craig Brown reads from his unique Beatles biography in conversation with Dymphna Flynn

20 May 2021
Theatre

The War of the Worlds

Inspired by Wells’ novel and the famous radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative…

20 - 22 May 2021
Contemporary Music

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita return to Brighton Festival with a special live and livestreamed event

20 May 2021
Books and Debate

Global Conversations: A Poet's Music

Award-winning poets Nathalie Handal and Kayo Chingonyi share music and poetry

21 May 2021
Contemporary Music

Live is Alive!

A laid-back evening of subtle moves and tight grooves from jazz, soul, reggae, ska and beat poetry. 

21 May 2021
Classical Music

Under the Wild Wood Tree

A twilight, nature-themed woodland walk in which Same Sky's light sculptures and live choral music from Brighton Festival Chorus transform Stanmer Woods

21 - 23 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

The Informals II: Exhibition

The Informals II is an improvised documentary experience: an exhibition and performance by artists Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kuhne, in collaboration…

22 May - 13 Jun 2021
Children and Family

HALO 11–16yr old Workshops with Leap Then Look

A workshop for ages 11–16 as part of the HALO talks & workshops programme

22 May 2021
Theatre

Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness

From first light to gathering dusk, a ravishing installation takes over the Theatre Royal, acknowledging a year of collective grief and courage in which…

22 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Yolk and Aliens - A Conversation with Jane Horrocks & collaborators

Following the showing of these new films join the discussion with the creatives as they explore memory.

22 - 29 May 2021
Children and Family

Rain Before Rainbows

with author Smriti Halls

22 May 2021
Children and Family

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow

Author Benjamin Dean discusses Waterstones' Children’s Book of the Month

22 May 2021
Contemporary Music

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-winning indie hit is accompanied by a new score performed live by composer Gwenno Saunders and cast-member Georgia Ellery.

22 May 2021
Books and Debate

Spectres

Authors Salena Godden, Maaza Mengiste & Evie Wyld discuss their books, and how background characters can shape narratives in unpredictable ways

22 May 2021
Children and Family

Twitch!

M. G. Leonard shares what she learnt while writing her latest book

23 May 2021
Children and Family

AMPLIFIED!

A group of diverse local young people share their own unique and deeply personal stories in an expression of creativity and confidence

23 May 2021
Classical Music

Monteverdi Vespers

An intimate and audacious new take on Monteverdi’s Vespers performed by this dynamic ensemble

23 May 2021
Books and Debate

A Quick Ting On Afro (1 + beats)

Christian Adofo and Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy talk about The Black Girl Afro and Afrobeats

23 May 2021
Books and Debate

Ways of Being True

Three storytellers discuss what constitutes historical truth and the tools they use to illuminate the blind spots of dominant narratives

23 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Abigail Conway: The Candle Project

An ode to resilience, a celebration of shadow and light, an ancient ritual for our times 

24 - 28 May 2021
Classical Music

Consone Quartet

Performing works by Mozart and Schumann, the Consone Quartet specialise in authentic performance on period instruments

24 May 2021
Classical Music

Dear Nature by John Newling

New music for solo cello by Sally Beamish and Lisa Heute links letters from John Newling appealing for a closer relationship with Nature

24 May 2021
Classical Music

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata Kanneh-Mason's Festival debut performing a showcase spanning three centuries, including works of Mozart, Chopin and Gershwin

25 May 2021
Contemporary Music

The People's Cabaret (A Work In Progress)

In partnership with Brighton People’s Theatre

25 May 2021
Comedy

Josie Long

Three time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long is back with her most critically-acclaimed show to date

25 May 2021
Visual Arts and Film

Robot Selfie

Brighton Festival invites you to be drawn by Kaleider’s wall drawing robot…

26 - 31 May 2021
Classical Music

Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists

Members of Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists' scheme perform operatic excerpts from every corner of the repertory

26 May 2021
Comedy

Sofie Hagen- The Bumswing

Sofie Hagen lands at Brighton festival with a show about memories

26 May 2021
Books and Debate

Travelling Traditions

Reading and conversation featuring authors whose work is flavoured with the waters of a distant heritage

27 May 2021
Classical Music

Strings of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The string players of the RPO perform works for string orchestra by Mendelssohn, Ireland, Tchaikovsky and the contemporary American composer Jessie Montgomery.…

27 May 2021
Children and Family

Without Walls @ Our Place

Discover exhilarating FREE and NEW pop-up performances from some of the UK’s most innovative outdoor companies

28 - 30 May 2021
Comedy

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

In 2017, Mark Watson was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. It wasn't really for him.

28 May 2021
Contemporary Music

Eliza & Martin Carthy: East

A specially crafted evening of musical and poetic works inspired by mesmerising myths, legends, poems, ballads and dance from England’s Eastern seaboard

29 May 2021
Contemporary Music

Le Gateau Chocolat - LIMINAL

The opera occasional black bearded diva comes to the BRIGHTON DOME after a year in absentia with this one-night-only treat - Liminal

30 May 2021
Children and Family

Guess How Much I Love You!

Join professional storyteller Liz Fost for a very special event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved tale

30 May 2021
Children and Family

Sophy Henn - Pizazz

The writer and children’s book illustrator discusses her new series following the adventures of Pizazz

31 May 2021
Children and Family

The Nothing to See Here Hotel

With award winning duo, bestselling author Steven Butler and illustrator Steven Lenton

31 May 2021