Summer is finally on the horizon and we are leaving behind the dark days of social distancing and staying home. So if you are in the mood for some back-to-normality socialising and entertainment then you are in luck, because also on the horizon is the Brighton festival!


For three weeks in May, England’s leading arts festival descends on the city. The multi-arts event takes place in venues across Brighton & Hove and features theatre performances, circus acts, dance, art, film and literature (and everything in between). There really is something for everyone and there are way too many great performances and events for us to list here. With that in mind, we definitely can’t tell you what to go and see (to find out what’s on visit but we can give you some ideas to get you started. 

Head to the Riwaq on Hove seafront

During the festival, this temporary venue will be home to a series of exciting takeovers by organisations such as Carousel and In-House Records (and many more). Carousel  is an award-winning Brighton-based arts organisation who present groundbreaking projects that nurture and celebrate learning disabled artists. During their takeover they will host a selection of events that showcase their work in radio, spoken word and music. In-House Records is a ‘dangerously positive record label for change’ and an award winning social initiative. They operate in and out of UK prisons across the South East of England.  

Take a day trip out-of-town

The festivities are not just contained within the city limits. There are a number of out-of-town venues such as the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, which will be presenting vibrant live music performances from Brighton Dome favourites throughout the month. There are also events at the Adur Estuary at Shoreham-by-Sea, the Depot in Lewes, Glyndebourne and Charleston.

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Get into the spirit with the Children’s Parade

Kicking off the festival this year with a sea of colour and creativity are 5000 of Brighton and Hove’s school children, along with their teachers. This year’s theme is Rebuilding and Hope, celebrating the strength and resilience of our communities, and what we can achieve when we listen and build together. A great message for everyone and a fantastic way to begin the festival.

Explore Brighton through different eyes

Local studio Stephenson& has woven twelve tales from communities across Brighton into a city-wide immersive photography and sound exhibition, exploring the ways we live together. The locations will be shown on the from the start of the month and an accompanying app will be available to download.

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