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

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Iron Men

Phoenix Gallery

Stunning portraits of Bamako’s iron workers by Fototala King Massassy

Current Affairs

Fabrica

Striking recycled materials art exhibition by a Ghanaian artist

Brighton Festival Taster Day

Sun 7 Apr
Brighton Dome Café-bar

Find out about the Festival line up at our open day for all ages. Meet the…

Flight

Sat 4 - Thu 23 May
King Alfred Leisure Centre

Visually stunning story of two orphans journeying across Europe to freedom

Distorted Constellations

Sat 4 - Sun 19 May
Lighthouse

Artist Nwando Ebizie creates an altered reality inspired by Afrofuturism

Children’s Parade

Sat 4 May

Upwards of 5,000 children will be taking part in this annual opening parade

Pitch Perfect

Sat 4 May
Bartholomew Square

An afternoon of the city’s best young musical talent

Wet Sounds

Sat 4 May
Prince Regent Swimming Pool

Dive into different worlds of music, and create your own sonic experience.

Caged Birds Do

Sat 4 May
Brighthelm Centre

Maya Angelou’s legacy honoured in compelling live poetry and song

Né So

Sat 4 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Malian musician Rokia Traoré shares her highly personal sixth album, Né So

Creative Writing Workshop with Miriam Halahmy

Sun 5 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Fun writing workshop with Miriam Halahmy that starts with tricky questions

Ensemble Correspondances

Sun 5 May
Glyndebourne

The resurrection of well-loved and rarer music from the Grande Siècle.

Dream Horse

Sun 5 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

The real-life fairy tale of a Welsh barmaid who bred a champion racehorse

Wet Sounds: Artist Talk

Sun 5 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Immersive talk from the artist behind Wet Sounds

30 Years Of Mr Bongo

Sun 5 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

An epic party with The Skints, Moses Boyd Exodus, Hollie Cook, DJs + more

Some Small Isle

Sun 5 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Prominent creatives discuss how the Windrush affects their approach to work

PEN Translates 250

Mon 6 May
Brighton and Hove Prep School

A panel celebrating the contribution of translation to UK reading

The Nature of Why

Mon 6 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Immersive, genre-blending, live classical music and dance event.

Granta at 40

Tue 7 May
Brighthelm Centre

Sigrid Rausing & Ian Jack discuss the legacy and future of Granta magazine

Ben Okri Adventures in Writing

Tue 7 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Ben Okri reads from his new novel and discusses his adventures as a writer

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

Wed 8 May
Duke's at Komedia

Julien Faraut’s experimental film documents tennis legend John McEnroe

King of Ghosts

Wed 8 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Soumik Datta and City of London Sinfonia with music for Indian film

Song Recital

Wed 8 May
Royal Pavilion, Music Room

Malcolm Martineau accompanies soprano Miah Persson and tenor Jeremy Ovenden

Sam Sweeney - The Unfinished Violin

Wed 8 May
All Saints Church

The story of an unfinished fiddle comes to life in Sam Sweeny’s live show

Common People

Wed 8 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Readings from contributors to the working-class anthology Common People

Siren Duo

Thu 9 May
St Nicholas' Church

Claire Wickes and Tomos Xerri play a mixed classical programme

Marmen Quartet

Fri 10 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

The Marmen string quartet performs Haydn and Debussy

Curiouser

Fri 10 - Mon 13 May
Brighthelm Centre

Journey through an interactive imaginary world

Unseen Mentor

Fri 10 May
The Basement

Jacob Sam-La Rose presents some of his now-accomplished poet mentees

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

Wed 8 - Sat 11 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Kneehigh’s hilarious, shocking and modern take on the Beggar’s Opera.

Jon Ronson

Fri 10 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Writer Jon Ronson explores the curious world of porn in this new show

Without Walls

Sat 11 May
Beach Level by the i360

Free afternoon of inventive performances for all ages

Eye to Eye

Sat 11 - Sun 12 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A new work about motherhood-childhood brought to life by 100 voices

Travelling Traditions

Sat 11 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Reading featuring authors with writing textured by echoes of a distant home

AKA Trio

Sat 11 May
All Saints Church

World-renowned virtuosos from different continents create uplifting sounds

Yeelen (Brightness) (PG)

Sun 12 May
Duke of York's Picturehouse

West African film exploring family, magic, sexuality and abandonment.

Holly Smale

Sun 12 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Geek Girl author, Holly Smale, introduces her new series, The Valentines

Sir András Schiff (Hungary) Bach Partitas – Piano Recital

Sun 12 May
Glyndebourne

Acclaimed pianist performs Bach's demanding Partitas suite.

Shapeshifters

Sun 12 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Zawe and Candice discuss the joys and perils of playing multiple roles

Apples and Snakes Storycraft with Jum Faruq

Sun 12 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Puppeteer and storyteller Jum Faruq shares stories, music and crafts

Brighton Youth Orchestra Fiesta of Music from around the World

Sun 12 May
All Saints Church

Featuring works by Sibelius and Berlioz, as well as music from Greek Dances

City Reads 2019

Sun 12 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

S.K. Perry discusses her lyrical début, this year’s City Reads book

An Evening with Andy Hamilton

Sun 12 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Intimate new show by Andy Hamilton where you even get to ask him questions!

Michael Matthews

Mon 13 May
St Nicholas' Church

Guitarist Michael Matthews performs music from Italy and Africa.

Chilly Gonzales

Mon 13 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Grammy-winning entertainer Chilly Gonzales shares his love of the piano

Transgressive Body Workshop

Tue 14 May
The Marlborough

An inclusive interdisciplinary performance making workshop

My Left Right Foot: The Musical

Tue 14 - Sat 18 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

Riotously funny take on use of able-bodied actors to play ‘disabled’ roles

Lines from a Wanderer

Wed 15 May
All Saints Church

Baritone Marcus Farnsworth & pianist Libby Burgess perform a song selection

The New Dystopians

Wed 15 May
Brighton and Hove High School (Brighton Girls)

Season Butler & Joanne Ramos read from their dystopian debut novels.

Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula

Thu 16 May
All Saints Church

Swiss pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula plays Schubert and Schumann

Backbone

Wed 15 - Fri 17 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

What is strength? Where does it come from and how do we measure it?

Séancers

Thu 16 - Fri 17 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

US performance artist explores loss and identity through sound and movement

Outre Mémoire

Thu 16 May
All Saints Church

Activist quartet commemorates the impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Jerwood Glyndebourne Young Artists

Fri 17 May
All Saints Church

This operatic concert presents members of the Jerwood Young Artists scheme

Chamber Music Will Ashon with Kevin Le Gendre

Fri 17 May
Brighthelm Centre

Conversation on a new biography of the Wu-Tang Clan’s iconic hip hop album

Brighton Festival Youth Choir Under the Moon

Fri 17 May
All Saints Church

Brighton Festival Youth Choir sing a fun repertoire of moon-inspired songs

Museum of the Moon

Fri 17 - Mon 20 May
Queens Park

Luke Jerram’s realistic illuminated model of the moon hangs in Queens Park

Flavour Migrations

Fri 17 May
Brighthelm Centre

Shelina Permalloo discusses how migration has shaped her Mauritian cuisine

Songs of Longing and Exile

Fri 17 May
All Saints Church

Early music vocal ensemble and oud prodigy inspired by migrant testimonies

Our Place - Manor Gym, Brighton

Sat 18 May
Manor Gym

It’s a community takeover, Your Place is becoming Our Place.

Giraffes Can’t Dance 20th Anniversary Dance Party

Sat 18 May
Brighthelm Centre

Drawing, reading and dancing with Gerald the Giraffe at the Jungle Dance

Bad Nana with Sophy Henn

Sat 18 May
Brighthelm Centre

Discover what mischief Bad Nana gets up to with laughter and live drawing

Nick Sharratt: The Cat and the King

Sat 18 May
Brighthelm Centre

Meet the silliest cat and King ever, heroes of Nick Sharratt’s new books

Ghost Caribou

Sat 18 May
Queens Park

In Ghost Caribou, Thingumajig Theatre’s new night-time street act, giant…

Little Green Pig AMPLIFIED

Sat 18 May
Brighthelm Centre

8 young people from Brighton & Hove share personal stories after mentoring

The Storytelling Army

Sat 18 May
Queens Park

Join us for a simple meal with shared stories about personal journeys

Dream Mandé: Bamanan Djourou

Sat 18 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Rokia Traoré gives new life to traditional and international songs

Groove Under the Sea

Sun 19 May
Brighthelm Centre

Quality live jazz with themed storytelling for all the family to enjoy!

Joseph Coelho

Sun 19 May
Brighton Dome Founders Room

Author Joseph Coelho shares touching work on loss and teaches poetry & art!

Groove Into Space

Sun 19 May
Brighthelm Centre

Quality live jazz with themed storytelling for all the family to enjoy!

Anthony Horowitz

Sun 19 May
Theatre Royal Brighton

This event has been postponed.

Cerrie Burnell - The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

Sun 19 May
Brighthelm Centre

Cerrie Burnell, a former Cbeebies presenter, reads from her new novel.