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Brighton Festival

12a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, United Kingdom



Three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration
6 - 28 May

Ticket Office: 01273 709709
We are a registered charity: Number 249748 England's largest mixed arts Festival.

Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events, which takes place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks each May.

Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing festival, which continues to win critical acclaim for its ambitious and daring programme. As England's largest annual event of its kind, Brighton Festival attracts some of the best artists and companies - and most adventurous audiences - from the UK and around the world.

In May 2013, we welcomed poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen as our fifth Guest Director, who presided over a record-breaking year. In 2014 we welcome acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter as Brighton Festival Guest Director.

Previous Guest Directors have included actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave; Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; renowned visual artist Anish Kapoor; and celebrated musician Brian Eno.


Dazzling production Lexicon is a daring, seductive, modern take on circus. Book now:

Drop-in tonight and find out more about Brighton Festival's volunteer scheme.

In her book Of Women, the leading human rights campaigner and Shadow Attorney General, tackles what she considers to be the world’s biggest human rights issue: the position of women in society. In conversation with journalist and author Gaby Hinsliff, she discusses her view that gender injustice continues to influence health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security, and suggests ways of placing gender at the centre of progressive political action.

On International Women's Day, we shine a light on some our amazing female fronted events at this year’s Festival.

Two of literary fiction’s new stars, Fiona Mozley and Sally Rooney, talk the transition to becoming published author. Mozley’s 'Elmet' was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Rooney’s 'Conversations with Friends' was hailed by the New Yorker as ‘a consistently wonderful novel’ and voted Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2017.

CEYDA TANC DANCE is an all-female contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda Tanc. The company produce cutting-edge contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance. KAYA explores human experiences of displacement, drawing on the strength and resilience of those searching for belonging in a new community.

Rose Tremain was one of only five women writers to be included in Granta’s original list of 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. Her award-winning novels have been published worldwide in 27 countries. Her 1992 novel, Sacred Ground, is this years BIG READ for City Reads.Join Rose Tremain live for an intimate celebration of the novel, and re-discover this hugely relevant work told with skill and compassion.

Mercury Prize-nominated soul singer Carleen Anderson and jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh explore the power of protest songs alongside Speech Debelle and Nubya Garcia in 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

Viv Albertine is not only the former lead guitarist of iconic riot grrrl punk band The Slits, but she’s also a singer-songwriter, and celebrated writer. In conversation with Erica Wagner, she discusses her new book, which explores the role of family conflicts in propelling her towards the uncompromising world of punk, and her relationship with her mother, who died shortly after the publication of Clothes, Music, Boys.

What Now? is the new show from the multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special. Join Bridget Christie (winner of a Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award) for a night of hope and despair.

In a world music event, West Africa’s first all-female super group has formed in the fight against violence towards women. Inspired by the formidable warriors of Dahomey, Les Amazones d'Afrique elegantly combine the Mandingo tradition with the power of today’s African megacities. Fighting for freedom, for being female and for being a musician, these divas will break the chains and steal your heart.

Today on #internationalwomensday, we’ll be sharing a few events featuring some of the many remarkable women performing at this year’s Festival.


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