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  • Brighton Fringe 2016 - 6 May to 5 June

    Brighton Fringe takes place every May (6 May – 5 June 2016) and is a great place to spend the May bank holidays and the summer half-term break.

    This vast celebration of all things creative has grown out of, and is inspired by, home-grown talent. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton & Hove. 

    The 2015 Brighton Fringe consisted of 787 individual events across 174 venues. Keeping prices low is a key part of our ethos – last year the average ticket cost just £8.80 and more than 150 shows cost nothing at all. 


  • SICK! Festival

    SICK! Festival confronts the physical, mental and social challenges of life and death, and how we survive them. Taking place in Brighton and Manchester, the festival brings together an outstanding international arts programme with perspectives from academic research, clinical practitioners, public health, charities and people with lived experience of the issues we address. SICK! Festival won the prestigious EFFE Festivals Award for excellence and innovation.  

    The festival seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with the bad times that are unflinching, informed, irreverent and humane. It is a reflection on those experiences that are most personal to us, but which somehow connect us all as individuals with bodies, minds and lives that sometimes go wrong. SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind in the UK dedicated to exploring the challenges of life and death.

    SICK! Festival is delivered in partnership with leading arts organisations, medical and academic institutions, charities and community groups.



  • Brighton Festival 2016 launches

    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 technology - from her 1981 hit O Superman to her appointment as NASA’s first artist-in-residence - Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers. Her eclectic, multidisciplinary career has spanned the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music and has seen her create works as a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist. Most recently Anderson has garnered acclaim for her first feature film in almost 30 years - Heart of a Dog - which reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

    A long-time supporter of Brighton Festival, Anderson is well-known and well-loved by the city, following successful appearances such as Delusion (BF2011) and All the Animals (BF2015). An inspiration to audiences and artists alike, she has been described by Brighton Festival 2015 Guest Director Ali Smith as: “the performance artist, singer, musician, artist of our lifetime I think - a great, great figure of liberty and liberation of the arts”.

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