Brighton Festival is an annual event hosted in various locations throughout the town of Brighton, England. The festival is one of many Rad worldwide festivals held in May. The three-week festival celebrates music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate and more. Established in 1967, Brighton Festival has grown to become one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. Known for its ambitious programmes and innovative talent, the festival has attracted a range of international and inspiring directors; including musicians, politicians, authors and more.
“Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world”
This years edition of Brighton Festival will welcome Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rokia Traoré as the 2019 guest director. Regarded as one of Africa’s most inventive musicians, the musical protege and dedicated humanitarian has collaborated with many world-renowned artists; and has even set up her own foundation in support of emerging artists in Mali.
A range of events from art and film to music, dance, spoken word and more can be found at Brighton Festival. Over 100 events are available to visit during the festival, both free of charge and ticketed. Popular children’s puppeteer Jum Faruq is one of many story craft artists on the schedule, guaranteeing a day of fun! Comedians Jon Ronson, Andy Hamilton and Ruby Wax will join the bill for the older audiences. Live classical music performances by the Brighton Youth Orchestra, Sam Sweeny and Chilly Gonzales can be enjoyed; while contemporary musical acts including AKA Trio, Slow Moving Clouds and Neneh Cherry have also been added to the schedule.
Brighton Festival takes place throughout a range of locations in the city of Brighton. The hub of Brighton Festival is Brighton Dome, a 10-minute walk from Brighton Station. (Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE, UK). Other popular festival venues include:
The Basement – Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AY, UK
Connaught Theatre Worthing – Union Pl, Worthing BN11 1LG, UK
King Alfred Leisure Centre – Kingsway, Hove BN3 2WW, UK
St Nicholas’ Rest Garden – Church St, Brighton BN1 3LJ, UK
The English city of Brighton is easily accessible by a range of methods. The nearest major airport is London Gatwick Airport, located approximately 30 minutes from the city of Brighton by both train and car. Brighton can be reached from London and other major cities in the UK by both train and bus. Travelling from London Victoria or London Bridge to Brighton by train will take just under an hour. A range of bus services operate throughout Brighton and many routes serve each of the festival venues.
The festival can also be accessed by car, with a range of parking options available for visitors. The NCP Theatre Car Park on Church St offers parking for 6 pounds between 5 pm and 3 am, with a further 30% discount for Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival Members. You can also take advantage of the special evening rate at the RCP North Road car park for 5.50 pounds.
A range of accommodation options are available throughout the city of Brighton. Everything from extremely affordable backpacker hostels to beachfront hotels can be found throughout the city centre. Airbnbs are also available in the city and surrounding neighbourhoods. We recommend staying in the heart of the city and action, as frequent and fast bus routes pass through the city, connecting visitors to the different festival venues and locations. You can find a range of accommodation options around the Festival Hub below.
The city of Brighton is bursting with award-winning bars and restaurants, as well as beachfront activities and regular entertainment. A range of local discounts are also made available for visitors throughout the month of May, in partnership with Brighton Festival.
Home to a range of fairground rides, bars, restaurants and an ocean view, a visit to Brighton Palace Pier is a must on everyone’s Brighton adventure. For panoramic, scenic views, make sure to check out the British Airways i360, a moving observation tower with a cocktail bar. Endless dining and shopping options await at the Brighton Marina; as well as North Laine.
Brighton Festival features over 100 events and activities across three weeks, offering something for everyone. Check out Rad’s Brighton Festival 2019 bucket list and add these must-see events to your schedule.
Children’s Parade – Featuring over 5000 children, the annual opening parade kicks off Brighton Festival with a showcase of energy and creativity. Participants from schools and community organisations across Sussex will celebrate this year’s theme ‘Folk Tales from Around the World’, following six months of preparation. The event is entirely free to watch and is the perfect way to kick off your Brighton Festival experience.
Pitch Perfect – The perfect opportunity to hear young and talented local musicians is Pitch Perfect. The free event takes place on May 4 at 1 pm and showcases unplugged pop and folk-inspired acts as well as string quartets and chamber wind ensembles.
Still I Rise – Inspired by Maya Angelou’s work, an all-female cast will perform a raw and emotive dance; channelling the resilient and unapologetic nature of the iconic poem ‘Still I Rise’. Performing at the Connaught Theatre on May 23, tickets start at only 10 pounds.
This year’s edition of Brighton Festival will take place from May 4-26, 2019.
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