Brighton Festival

Inspiring creativity. Enriching lives. Accessible to all.

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Brighton Festival is an arts charity made up of a historic events venue, a music education service and the biggest curated cross-arts festival in England. Together they bring the arts and culture to a wide and diverse audience.

They believe in the transformative power of the arts and that they can provide a catalyst for social change for good. So the aim is to inspire and enable artists to be their most creative and to champion the power of the arts to enrich and change lives.

Brighton Festival are committed to bringing all sorts of art to all sorts of people. From inviting the greatest artist to our stages, to music lessons in schools or weekend morning singing and theatrical make-up workshops – we aim to inspire creativity in people of all ages with experiences to remember for a life time.

Impact on Local Communities

Since 2009 Brighton Festival have welcomed a major cultural figure to guest curate and enhance the prestige of the artistic programme. Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Rosen, Hofesh Shechter, Ali Smith, Laurie Anderson, Kae Tempest, David Shrigley and Lemn Sissay have contributed significantly to their innovative programming as Guest Director.

Every year Brighton Festival is opened by the popular Children’s Parade. Produced in partnership with Same Sky, we work with over 5,000 parents, teachers and young people from 60 Brighton &Hove schools alongside artists, musicians and choreographers.

A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality.

The third part of their arts portfolio is a strong music education service that teaches over 4000 children and young people music across East and West Sussex.

5 Black people in white Afro-futurism inspired outfits. They are all wearing masks, they are holding poles vertically in front of them while jumping in the air.

What's Happening at Brighton Festival

Each year we produce Brighton Festival, the largest curated annual arts festival in England.

A celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events, Brighton Festival takes place in familiar and unusual locations across Brighton & Hove and further afield for three weeks every May.

Renowned for its pioneering spirit and experimental reputation, Brighton Festival has become one of the city’s most enduring symbols of inventiveness.

Image credits:

Banner – Rag and Bone, Bone Yard Tales, © Brighton Festival
What’s Happening – Afrofuturism, Unlimited Theatre and Upswing, © Brighton Festival
Slideshow – © Brighton Festival