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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Countdown To Brighton Festival 2018

Local resident and Brighton Festival 2018 Guest Director, David Shrigley, is best known for his darkly humorous works that comment on the absurd, inconsequential and disquieting elements of daily life. 

The artist's offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission 'Problem in Brighton', a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus" seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and appearances from award-winning stand-up Bridget Christie and genderqueer rock'n'roll hero Ezra Furman.

David Shrigley says: "I'm very excited about this year's lineup. Not only for the things that I have selected but also for the things I have only read about; one of the best things about the Festival for me is that it can be a voyage of discovery."

Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist's Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the "model", an illustrated talk billed as "containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring", and a screening of a documentary about his work titled A Shit Odyssey. 

David Shrigley's trademark wit is also evident in his brochure cover design, featuring a hammer and a bent nail and bearing the tagline "Strive for Excellence".  


Other events close to the artist's heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad; and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley's poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. 

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, added: "Brighton Festival is one of the year's cultural highlights, not just in Brighton itself – but nationally. 

"David Shrigley has a wonderfully dark and offbeat take on life and I really look forward to seeing his influence on this year's Festival. 

"Art and culture make a huge contribution to Brighton's success and its reputation for excellence. 

"With its international reach and fantastic programme, which spans a wide range of art-forms, Brighton Festival is a significant part of what makes Brighton such a great place to live, work and visit."

As ever Brighton Festival 2018 features a host of commissions and co-commissions from a wide range of national and international artists (Click Here for more details) - and other highlights which include appearances from Lemn Sissay, Michael Rosen, Rose Tremain, Iain Sinclair, Bridget Christie, Brett Anderson, Viv Albertine, Tim Key and Shami Chakrabarti; an exhibition from controversial artist duo Gilbert & George, and a touring mobile installation from multi-award winning contemporary designer Morag Myerscough; two special classical concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of the Brighton Festival Choir, Britten's War Requiem and Belshazzar"s Feast, and performances from Vox Luminis and Cédric Tiberghien.
 
Brighton Festival 2018 also continues its emphasis on programming work in the community with the return of Your Place - two weekends of free performances and arts activities in Hangleton and East Brighton.

Brighton Festival 2018 runs from 5th - 27th May. Ticket Office - 01273 709709 | brightonfestival.org.

by: Mike Cobley




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Rituals is the ambitious new album from Australian musician Amaya Laucirica (who played a storming set at last weekend's Brighton's Great Escape Festival). Her work blends the swirling contours of the Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. 

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

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Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

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Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

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