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Katharina Wulff

Sat 21 Mar
Brighton CCA

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

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.

Children's Parade

Sat 2 May

Celebrate the Children's Parade at home

HALO Workshop

Sat 2 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

A creative workshop for young people responding to installation HALO

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…

Double Murder

Fri 1 - Sun 3 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

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

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

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

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

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

Benson Wilson with Lucy Colquhoun

Fri 8 May
All Saints Church

The baritone Benson Wilson performs works by Butterworth and Schubert

The Patient Gloria

Tue 5 - Sat 9 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

A wild and experimental extravaganza

Vintage Poets

Fri 8 May
Brighthelm Centre

Vintage presents some of its new stars of the future

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

Out of Chaos

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Gravity & Other Myths return with their most ambitious performance yet

A Place in Time Evie Wyld & Niven Govinden

Sat 9 May
Brighthelm Centre

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

The War of the Worlds

Fri 8 - Sun 10 May
Connaught Theatre Worthing

Listeners believed that Martians had landed in New Jersey

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

Points of Departure

Thu 7 - Sun 17 May

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

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