Artists Support our Crowdfunder #BringBackBrightonDome with Brighton Festival Prints 

24 Sep 2020

A series of exclusive, high quality screen prints now available! We selected four art works after surveying our nearest and dearest which they preferred from our 54-year back catalogue of Brighton Festival brochure covers.The favourites were:Visual artist David Shrigley’s illustration from 2018Leading design agency Johnson…

Welcome to the Imagine Nation with Lemn Sissay Brighton Festival 2020

11 Feb 2020

The acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE has launched Brighton Festival 2020 welcoming everyone to the Imagine Nation from 2 to 24 May 2020.Brighton Festival is the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England and will feature over 120 events taking place…

The end of the world will be broadcast from Worthing in Brighton Festival 2020 theatre show

30 Jan 2020

The classic science fiction story, The War of the Worlds is playfully reimagined for the Fake News generation.Adapted by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, the show comes to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre next May as part of Brighton Festival 2020. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ legendary…

Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama

11 Jan 2020

Malian duo Amadou & Mariam will be performing with Grammy award-winning the Blind Boys of Alabama exclusively at Brighton Festival in May ahead of their London date.Amadou & Mariam made a name for themselves playing Malian blues. They have released a string of acclaimed albums, working with…

Brighton Festival 2020 Guest Director is acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay MBE

10 Jan 2020

Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating.– Kate Tempest, 2017 Brighton Festival Guest DirectorThe acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE has been announced as the twelfth Brighton Festival Guest Director,…

Everything you need to know about Lemn Sissay

10 Jan 2020

The much-loved British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE is Brighton Festival’s Guest Director in 2020. Here are a few interesting facts about Lemn’s life and work.Aged 21, Lemn published his first book of poems, Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, and sold it in pubs, at political…

First Show Announced for Brighton Festival 2020

10 Jan 2020

Brighton Festival, the biggest annual multi-arts festival in England returns next year from 2 to 24 May 2020 with a world première by Hofesh Shechter Company.Double Murder is a thrilling new two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multitalented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten…

Brighton Festival 2020 Guest Director is acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay MBE

6 Dec 2019

Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating.– Kate Tempest, 2017 Brighton Festival Guest DirectorThe acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE has been announced as the twelfth Brighton Festival Guest Director,…
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Brighton Dome opens its doors to the past with heritage events

13 Sep 2019

Brighton Dome is inviting visitors to travel back in time to discover the building’s fascinating history at a series of events starting this autumn. From housing the Price Regent’s horses to sheltering wounded soldiers; roller-skating Victorians to ABBA winning Eurovision, Brighton Dome has seen some unexpected moments…
David Shrigley, Turner Prize-nominated visual artist and Brighton Festival Guest Director, creates personalised prints to support Build Brighton Dome

David Shrigley creates personalised prints for Build Brighton Dome appeal

3 Dec 2018

We have now sold all of the David Shrigley prints. Thanks to everyone who purchased one, your contribution will make a huge difference to our Build Brighton Dome community appeal. Thanks also to David Shrigley for producing the artwork and supporting us. ----We are offering you the opportunity to buy an exclusive…
Kate Tempest Guest Director

Interview: “When you find a piece of artwork on your own terms… that’s when the real magic happens”

1 Feb 2017

We caught up with the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest, recently named as Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director - mid album tour - to find out more about her plans for the roleWhen you were first approached to be Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017, what was it that prompted…
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UK premiere of topical play cycle set during the US election year are first shows announced for Brighton Festival 2017

18 Jan 2017

The UK premiere of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family - an acclaimed trilogy of plays by Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson set during the turbulent US Election year - are the first shows to be revealed as part of Brighton Festival 2017 (6-28 May) ahead of the full programme announcement…
Kate Tempest Guest Director

Brighton Festival names Kate Tempest as Guest Director 2017

16 Jan 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate TempestDescribed by The Guardian as ‘one of the brightest British talents around,' Tempest’s prolific artistic output across multiple disciplines…
Peacock Poetry Prize 2017 Brighton Festival

Peacock Poetry Prize 2017: ‘Everyday Epic’

15 Dec 2016

In Partnership with BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College) and BHee (the Brighton and Hove environmental education project).In celebration of the work of our Guest Director Kate Tempest, we invite young people age 8 – 19 to submit poems on the theme of ‘Everyday Epic’.From a pebbled beach to a stranger’s…
Carole Britten with student Film-making City Achiever Amber Azzopardi

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival receive award from City College

30 Jun 2016

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival was delighted to receive the Employer Contribution Award at City College Brighton and Hove’s recent City Achievers 2016 student awards ceremony.The award was given for working in partnership with the college to provide film-making students with excellent hands-on experience of live…

Partners light up Royal Pavilion Estate for 50th Brighton Festival

29 May 2016

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, the partners working on the vision to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate, came together to present a major commission for the 50th Brighton Festival which - quite literally - illuminated its shared history.Created by performance…

Artist Opportunity: Collidescope 2016

10 Feb 2016

Brighton Festival artist development residency: calling artists and creators across the art forms Brighton Festival’s artist development residency Collidescope enables a group of mid-career artists to intensively engage with Brighton Festival. Selected artists will attend a wide range of events in the…

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival producer wins national award

29 Jan 2016

Music producer Laura Ducceschi announced as winner of the £10,000 Arts Foundation fellowship for the Producer of Live Music category supported by PRS for Music Foundation.Last night at London’s 20th Century Theatre, special guest Sebastian Faulks announced Laura Ducceschi as the winning producer in this category supported…
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Brighton Festival 2016: Major new commission for 2016 inspired by untold story of First World War announced

20 Jan 2016

Brighton Festival - alongside commissioning partners 14-18 NOW and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove - has today announced a major new commission inspired by the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of men who travelled from India to fight for the Allies in the First World War.Created by performance…
Laurie Anderson, Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival 2016: Laurie Anderson is Guest Director

7 Jan 2016

Brighton Festival is delighted to announce the pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson as Guest Director for 2016.Anderson will take the helm as Brighton Festival marks its milestone 50th year, celebrates its unique, energetic and creative city, and reflects on the nature of home.Renowned for her inventive use of…

Brighton Festival 2016: Your first glimpse at 50th Brighton Festival

4 Jan 2016

Key commission revealed as 50th Brighton Festival takes shapeThe Complete Deaths – performed by physical comedy company Spymonkey and directed by Tim Crouch – is the first show revealed as part of the 50th Brighton Festival programme.A Brighton Festival commission, the world premiere is a partnership between two Brighton-based…
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Brighton Dome 2015 Highlights

29 Dec 2015

As we approach 2016, with an epic new season packed to the brim with events, we thought we'd have a look back over a few of many wonderful moments we hosted in 2015. Check out these photos and watch entire shows again...I Malvolio - Mar 2015Anna Calvi at Brighton Festival - May 2015 Photo by Victor FrankowskiDakhaBrakha…
Riverford Stall at the 2015 Brighton Festival Children's Parade

Our sponsor Riverford wins Ethical Product of the Decade

8 Jul 2015

Huge congratulations to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Supporter Riverford Organic Farms for being awarded Ethical Product of the Decade for their veg boxes. The company was given the accolade by The Observer Ethical awards, who have crowned them ‘Retailer of the Year’ five times previously. Riverford came on…

Andrew Comben, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Chief Executive appointed Happiness Champion

10 Oct 2014

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive Executive Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, has been appointed as a Happiness Champion alongside other key figures from the city in a new initiative launched to mark World Mental Health Day.GPs and public health experts have joined forces with Sussex Police, local businesses, arts and…


5 Jul 2014

New festival initiative - Collidescope During Brighton Festival this year we launched a pilot engagement project for artists and creators to intensively engage with the festival programme. Titled Collidescope, the initiative enabled a selection of artists to attend a wide range of shows and events in the festival. They…

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival retains Arts Council NPO funding

2 Jul 2014

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is pleased to be confirmed as a continuing part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2015-2018. Funding has been maintained at current levels during the period, equating to £1,149,921 per yearAs custodians of the Grade 1 Listed Brighton Dome at the cultural heart of…

Brighton Festival Story part 1

7 Apr 2014

Brighton Festival’s beginningsThe post-war period was marked by a lively effort to provide the public with access to the arts, most memorably with the 1951 Festival of Britain, and festivals soon began to crop up in cathedral and spa towns. Demand for a different, more contemporary festival to take place in Brighton…

Brighton Festival story part 2

6 Apr 2014

Brighton Festival in the communityIf you thought the only way to experience the Festival was to buy tickets, then think again. There have been numerous events and schemes throughout its history designed to encourage participation. The Creative Learning unit, who work to increase awareness in the arts, run a seemingly endless…
Brighton Festival Children's Parade 2013

Children's parade sponsorship

15 Jan 2014

We’re delighted to announce we have received an anonymous donation of £5,000 towards the cost of the children’s parade and our donor challenges one or more businesses or individuals to match his gift and support this fantastic community event. The theme for 2014 is ‘The Arts’ - the source of everything that makes…

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival scoops the award for Leisure and Tourism at Sussex Business Awards

10 Dec 2013

Last week Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival were awarded the Sussex Business Awards title for Leisure and Tourism.The awards, which took place in the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, were attended by over 500 businesses from across Sussex.2013 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the competition. Celebrating business…
Brighton Festival Children's Parade 2013

Behind the scenes at Brighton's Children's Parade launch

20 Nov 2013

We thought you'd like to get an insight into the world of Brighton Festival planning from our Head of Creative Learning at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Pippa Smith. Here she tells us just what it’s like to work with local teachers on the iconic Brighton Festival Children’s Parade:What…

Brighton Festival announces choreographer Hofesh Shechter as Guest Director 2014

26 Sep 2013

Critically-acclaimed choreographer, musician, composer and performer will shape Brighton Festival 2014’s programme of eventsRenowned for creating raw, physical live contemporary dance pieces set to his own, highly-charged, atmospheric musical scores, Hofesh Shechter is seen as one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary…

caravan seeks proposals for 2014 programme

4 Jul 2013

England-based theatre and performance artists and companies sought for international showcase as part of Brighton Festival 2014caravan - the biannual, three-day curated programme of site specific, interactive and incidental performance - presents a programme of the best new English performance to a selection of international…

Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked tours the UK this autumn

24 Jun 2013

Critically acclaimed Brighton Festival 2012 commission embarks on 11-date tour in SeptemberFollowing its sell-out world premiere at Brighton Festival in 2012, Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked - an electro-orchestral and visual reinterpretation of one of the UK’s most influential bands - will begin its debut UK…
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Michael Rosen's Favourite Book Chosen For Young City Reads

17 Jan 2013

Erich Kästner’s children’s classic Emil and the Detectives has been selected by Brighton Festival 2013 Guest Director Michael Rosen as the ‘big read’ for children across Brighton & Hove as part of the inaugural Young City Reads.Young City Reads is a chance for children across Brighton & Hove to read and…
Michael Rosen is Brighton Festival 2013 Guest Director

Michael Rosen is Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2013

28 Nov 2012

Brighton Festival is delighted to announce that the 2013 Guest Director is the celebrated poet, writer, broadcaster and previous Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.Brighton Festival – three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration across the city of Brighton and Hove – will take place from 4 – 26 May 2013. Full programme…
Marcus Farnsworth in the second Summer Schubertiade recital presented by Brighton Festival and London 2012 Festival

Schubertiade success

7 Sep 2012

London 2012 Festival and Brighton Festival’s first ever Summer Schubertiade - in association with CMP Festival, Charleston and Alfriston Summer Music - has been met with universal acclaim as both audience members and press hail the series of intimate concerts a success.The Schubertiade (a series of events that celebrate…
Laurie Anderson, Brighton Festival

The 50th Brighton Festival launches with Laurie Anderson as Guest Director

1 Jan 1970

The full programme for the 50th Brighton Festival (7-29 May 2016) - the largest and most established curated annual multi-arts festival in England - was unveiled today with experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson as Guest Director.Renowned for her inventive use of technology, Anderson is one of America’s most…