Brighton Festival

‘The defining moment in the Festival year’ The Guardian

Since it first leapt into view in 1967, Brighton Festival has become one of the major milestones in the cultural calendar and the country’s leading and most progressive mixed-arts festival. 

Each May, England's 'city on the edge' hosts three packed weeks of prestigious premieres, international commissions, daring collaborations and memorable performances from the worlds of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, books and outdoor spectacle. 

Since 2009 each Festival has seen a major cultural figure take the reins as Guest Director to help shape that year's programme. Previous Guest Directors include Anish Kapoor (2009), Brian Eno (2010), Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), Vanessa Redgrave (2012) Michael Rosen (2013), Hofesh Shechter (2014), Ali Smith (2015) and Laurie Anderson (2016) each continuing in Brighton Festival's long tradition of stimulating debate and bringing innovative, unusual and thought-provoking experiences to audiences from Brighton and beyond.

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