Brighton Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Literary, Music
Location of Festival Brighton, East Sussex, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Brighton Festival
12a Pavilion Buildings
Castle Square
Brighton, BN1 1EE England UK
Phone: (44) 1273-700747
Fax: (44) 1273-707505

Festival Description

The Brighton Festival is an annual mixed arts festival which takes place across three weeks in the city each May. Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Director’s who bring cohesion to the artistic program me. Notable individuals have included British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010 , the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011 and actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012.

Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing arts festival, offering an ambitious programme that makes the most of the city’s distinctive atmosphere. The Festival is England’s most established mixed arts Festival and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar with a program of visual art, theatre, music, books and debates, family friendly programme and outdoor performances throughout the city including site-specific and unusual locations. It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative. The first Brighton Festival in 1967 controversially included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Lawrence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin

Festival Dates May 4 - 26, 2013
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  • Vanessa Redgrave unveils Brighton Festival highlights, by Natalie Woolman (The Stage, February 22, 2012)
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  • Brighton Festival won the top accolade and was crowned ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ by the Tourism South East ‘Tourism ExSEllence Awards’ on October 22, 2009. For additional information visit


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Live Transmission 1
    • Mariella Frostrup, photo © Alisa Connan for Sky Arts
    • The Bookshow at Cheltenham Book Festival, October 2011. Kingsley ‘Akala’ Daley.
    • Vanessa Redgrave, photo credit Annabel Clark
    • dreamthinkspeak - The Rest Is Silence, photo credit Emma Critchley
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    (44) 1273-709709


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