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

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Katharina Wulff

Sat 21 Mar
Brighton CCA

Wulff’s first UK solo exhibition, focusing on relationships between people

Double Murder

Fri 1 - Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Hofesh Shechter Company perform a new work, in an evening of two halves

Washed Up Car-go

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Hove Warehouse

At first glance, it might seem like an ordinary car. But take a closer look…

The Young Americans

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Phoenix Art Space

Today’s generation of Indigenous American artists takes centre stage

The Informals II

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Lighthouse

Brighton’s music subcultures are showcased in an interactive exhibition

HALO

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

HALO is a multisensory experience of matter formation in the early universe

Art of Attachment

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
ONCA Gallery

Combining oral testimonies and visual imagery

Arrivals & Departures

Sat 2 - Mon 11 May
Friends Meeting House garden

Public artwork about birth, death and the living that happens in between

Adopt an Author

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May

A schools project to promote reading for pleasure and confidence.

Adopt A Nation

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May

Your chance to adopt Lemn in a one-on-one experience

A Simple Act of Wonder

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Fabrica

This playful new work explores the mythologies of modern life.

The Sleeping Tree

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Hove Warehouse

Enter one of the last great rainforests of North Sumatra, Indonesia

Children's Parade

Sat 2 May
Jubilee Street

Our annual opening parade will fill Brighton with colour and creativity

HALO Workshop

Sat 2 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A creative workshop for young people responding to installation HALO

Sollievo

Sat 2 - Sun 24 May
Hove Warehouse

Spine-tingling theatre with exquisite poetic technique

In C by the Sea

Sat 2 May

Young musicians alongside members of BPO perform an interpretation of In C

Ali Smith: Seasons

Sat 2 May
Brighton Girls

Iconic author Ali Smith discusses her quartet of novels exploring contemporary…

You Aren’t Doing It Wrong If No One Knows What You Are Doing

Sat 2 - Tue 5 May
Brighthelm Centre

An interactive solo performance

Artists Working with Data

Sat 2 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A panel discussion exploring the intersection of art and science

HALO Family Drop-in Workshop

Sun 3 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Leap Then Look lead a fun and interactive workshop for all the family

I Fagiolini Purcell: 'Tis Nature’s Voice

Sun 3 May
Glyndebourne

Explores the music of England’s Orpheus on flora and fauna.

Superior: Angela Saini

Sun 3 May
Brighton Girls

Science journalist Angela Saini on enduring myths and the political motive

Time Shifts

Sun 3 May
Brighton Girls

A human existence is all motion – some in distance, some in time.

Béatrice Martin

Mon 4 May
St Nicholas' Church

Jewels of the Baroque repertoire performed by a leading harpsichordist

Mulatu Astatke

Mon 4 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Kick starting a whole new genre Ethio-jazz

Baby Bushka

Mon 4 - Tue 5 May
Komedia

Epic four-part harmonies and choreography capture the magic of Kate Bush

The Patient Gloria

Tue 5 - Sat 9 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

A wild and experimental extravaganza

Roberto Fonseca Trio

Tue 5 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

One of Cuba's most gifted pianists

Semiconductor in conversation with Ariane Koek

Tue 5 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A chance to hear the Brighton based internationally acclaimed artists Semiconductor…

Behn Quartet

Wed 6 May
All Saints Church

Behn Quartet perform Fanny Mendelssohn and Beethoven

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

Wed 6 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Hear about the science behind HALO from Professor Antonella De Santo

Brighton Festival Youth Choir

Wed 6 May
All Saints Church

A collection of choral works and songs reflecting on nature

My Name Is Why

Wed 6 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Guest Director Lemn Sissay reflects on a childhood in foster care

Likkle Rum With Granny

Wed 6 May
Brighthelm Centre

The theatrical début of poet SugarJ Brown exploring migration, displacement…

The Informals II Performance

Wed 6 May
Jubilee Square

A live, improvised audio-visual performance

Florian Mitrea

Thu 7 May
All Saints Church

The British–Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea performs Mozart and Schubert

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Thu 7 May
All Saints Church

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble perform Schuber and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Points of Departure

Thu 7 - Sun 17 May

Ray Lee's wondrous kinetic sculptures emerge to a strange, haunting effect

Benson Wilson with Lucy Colquhoun

Fri 8 May
All Saints Church

The baritone Benson Wilson performs works by Butterworth and Schubert

Vintage Poets

Fri 8 May
Brighthelm Centre

Vintage presents some of its new stars of the future

The War of the Worlds

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May
Connaught Theatre Worthing

Listeners believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey

Out of Chaos

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Gravity & Other Myths return with their most ambitious performance yet

Dear Nature

Fri 8 May
All Saints Church

Socially engaged artist John Newling’s letters to nature.

A Weekend Without Walls | Crawley

Sat 9 May
Queens Square

Spend an afternoon discovering exhilarating FREE and new pop-up performance

Groove Baby

Sat 9 May
Brighthelm Centre

Join your child on the dance floor with the Groove Baby Organ Trio

A Place in Time Evie Wyld & Niven Govinden

Sat 9 May
Brighthelm Centre

Acclaimed writers Niven Govinden & Evie Wyld probe injustice in two novels

Tribes: David Lammy

Sat 9 May
Brighthelm Centre

Member of Parliament, Spurs fan and a tireless campaigner for social

One Two Three Four: The Beatles In Time

Sat 9 May

Celebrated journalist Craig Brown reads from his unique Beatles biography.

A Family Outing – 20 Years On

Sat 9 - Sun 10 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Join Ursula and her mother Mila in this wryly honest and frank conversation

A Weekend Without Walls | Brighton Beach Level

Sun 10 May
Beach Level by the i360

Spend an afternoon discovering exhilarating FREE and new pop-up performance

News News News

Sun 10 May
Brighthelm Centre

News News News is a television news show made by children for adults

Paul Lewis

Sun 10 May
Glyndebourne

One of the world’s greatest pianists performs

Looking for Clues - Why we love Mystery Books

Sun 10 May
Brighton Girls

Meet the authors of the hottest whodunnits around!

Brighton Youth Orchestra

Sun 10 May
All Saints Church

Marking the orchestra’s 70th anniversary with the best young local talent

BIG UP!

Sun 10 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

No set, no instruments, no puppets. No rules

Travelling Traditions

Sun 10 May
Brighton Girls

Exploring the enduring DNA of storytelling.

Medea Electronica

Sun 10 May
Brighthelm Centre

A powerful and deeply moving retelling of an ancient Greek tragedy

Roberto Ruisi

Mon 11 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Violinist Roberto Ruisi & pianist Sten Heinoja perform Debussy & Beethoven

Undersong

Mon 11 May
Brighton Unitarian Church

Critically-acclaimed Undersong live singers build vibrant a capella music

Jamal Gerald: Idol

Mon 11 May
Brighthelm Centre

Unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation

Eliza & Martin Carthy: East

Mon 11 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Compiled and curated by Eliza Carthy and her father Martin Carthy.

Amy Bell: The Forecast

Mon 11 - Tue 12 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A brave and personal solo celebrating particularity and creating connection

Life: LIVE!: Lucy McCormick

Mon 11 May
Concorde 2

Subversive, immersive, pop concert spectacular - Lucy McCormick

The End

Tue 12 May
The Old Market

In this new piece created in collaboration with Laura Dannequin, Bert &…

Roman Kosyakov

Tue 12 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Russian pianist Roman Kosyakov charts music across three centuries

Civilisation

Tue 12 May
The Old Market

A day in the life of a woman following a tragic event

Josie Long

Tue 12 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

New show on motherhood involving kindness, optimism and silly voices

Queens of Sheba

Tue 12 May
Brighthelm Centre

An exciting and diverse creative movement

MERCY MERCY

Wed 13 May
Depot

New parents, but are they better off?

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters

Wed 13 - Thu 14 May
Brighthelm Centre

Unearthing the hot-as-hell letters from history that make sexts blush

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Wed 13 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Award-winning harp/keita duo explore Canada's Acadian musical tradition

Take 5

Wed 13 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Five of the most compelling poets working right now are brought together

RPO with BFC Sea Symphony

Thu 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A concert brimming with brio and majesty.

Polly Toynbee

Thu 14 May
Brighton Girls

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee dissects the dark decade that was

Lime Time

Thu 14 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Poetry celebrated with Caribbean poets, including Roger Robinson

Hot Brown Honey

Thu 14 - Sat 16 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Genre-defying mix of cabaret, music and dance that promises to empower you

The Time Has Now Come: New Habesha Visionaries

Fri 15 May
Brighthelm Centre

What does the world’s oldest civilisation have to say to the future?

Live at Brighton Dome

Fri 15 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Brighton’s most amusing night out returns

Our Place: East Brighton

Sat 16 May
The Manor Gym

Come and enjoy a FREE afternoon of theatre, dance, music, crafts and games

Children Who Changed the World With Marcia Williams

Sat 16 May
Brighthelm Centre

Celebrate all the incredible children who’ve changed the world!

Christopher Edge

Sat 16 May
Brighthelm Centre

Christopher Edge presents a new book, blending awesome stories with science

Kieran Larwood

Sat 16 May
Brighthelm Centre

Author Kieran Larwood introduces his new fantasy book Uki and the Outcasts

Ivan Coyote

Sat 16 - Sun 17 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Gifted storyteller, spoken word performer, and LGBT advocate

Alain Mabanckou: The Death of Comrade President

Sat 16 May
Brighton Girls

Renowned writer Alain Mabanckou explores his witty, emotive novel.

Guess How Much I Love You?

Sun 17 May
Brighthelm Centre

The 25th anniversary of the beloved tale Guess How Much I Love You!

Fearless with Liam Hackett

Sun 17 May
Brighthelm Centre

A go-to guide to being your best self !

Cressida Cowell: The Magic of Writing

Sun 17 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Join Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell

Vashti Hardy

Sun 17 May
Brighthelm Centre

Explore fantasy worlds from author Vashti Hardy

Jacqueline Wilson

Sun 17 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Discover how she started her writing career and latest book, Love Frankie

Kit de Waal

Sun 17 May
Brighton Girls

Kit de Waal delivers her New Writing South Statement on democracy

Mark Watson

Sun 17 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Tackling anxiety, multiple phobias and a history of poor self estem

Time Capsules Courttia Newland & Lisa Blower

Sun 17 May
Brighton Girls

A time capsule that speaks of a universe greater than its contents.

Slime

Mon 18 - Fri 22 May
Brighthelm Centre

Enter the undergrowth to SQUISH, SQUELCH and PLAY

Handel’s Unsung Heroes

Mon 18 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Countertenor Iestyn Davies to explore set-piece arias from Handel’s operas.

Burgerz

Tue 19 - Fri 22 May
The Old Market

Travis Alabanza's performance is timely, unsettling and powerful

Bromance

Tue 19 - Sat 23 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

International award-winning 5-star circus about camaraderie and affection

Le Gateau Chocolat Pandora

Tue 19 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The fabulous drag and contemporary opera performer opens up Pandora’s box…

Young City Reads 2020

Thu 21 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A town where strange stories seem to wash up on the shore

Consone Quartet

Thu 21 May
All Saints Church

Works by Haydn and Mendelssohn performed by the Consone Quartet

How To Be Autistic: Charlotte Amelia Poe

Thu 21 May
Brighton Girls

Reflecting back on adulthood we challenge neurotypical narratives of autism

Are we not drawn onward to new erA (Ontroerend Goed)

Thu 21 - Sat 23 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A thrilling yet devastating show about humanity’s point of no return

Amadou & Mariam with Blind Boys of Alabama

Thu 21 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Mali's musical ambassadors have joined forces with the legends of US gospel

Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists

Fri 22 May
All Saints Church

Performing operatic excerpts from every corner of the repertory

Laima

Fri 22 May
All Saints Church

Brazilian electronica produces a project inspired by domestic life

Kronos Quartet

Fri 22 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Kronos Quartet incorporates sounds from space into music

Our Place: Hangleton

Sat 23 May

Come and enjoy a FREE afternoon of theatre, dance, music, crafts and games

A Weekend Without Walls | The Level

Sat 23 - Sun 24 May
The Level

Discover exhilarating FREE and new pop-up performances

Look Up!

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

An out-of-this-world event following Rocket in the picture book Look Up!

The Tale of a Toothbrush

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Ever wondered where plastic goes when you throw it out?

Samuel Yirga

Sat 23 May
All Saints Church

The Ethiopian pianist explores the influences of jazz, Latin, and classical

London Symphony Orchestra

Sat 23 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Brighton Festival welcomes the return of one of the world’s great orchestra

Damir Imamović

Sat 23 May
All Saints Church

Playing original material, music from his new album, and sevdah classics

A Poet's Music

Sat 23 May

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

The Nothing to See Here Hotel

Sun 24 May
Brighton Girls

Check in to The Nothing to See Here Hotel, full of magical creatures.

Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Sun 24 May
Brighthelm Centre

Aida returns with Drag Queen Story Hour UK for Brighton Festival 2020

Clem and Crab

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Join Clem & Crab in tackling an important issue through friendship and fun

The Turning Wheel

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Ozwald Boateng has been a trailblazer and innovator in global fashion.

Hope Jones Saves The World

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Josh Lacey brings to life the exciting world of Hope Jones Saves the World.

Amplified! Little Green Pig

Sun 24 May
Brighton Girls

A personal storytelling of creativity and confidence from young people

In Translation: Rodaan al Galidi & Alia Trabucco Zerán

Sun 24 May
Brighton Girls

Translated writers Rodaan al Galidi (Iraq/Netherlands) & Alia Trabucco Zerá

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

Sun 24 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

One of British comedy's fastest rising talents

Laura Marling

Sun 24 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Embarking on a world solo tour, Laura has been working on her next chapter

Breakin' Convention

Wed 27 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Hip-hop dance theatre made up of local and international performances