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Monday 17 May 2021

Art Returns Safely To City Venues For Brighton Festival's Third Week

Today, Monday 17th May, sees the start of the third week of Brighton Festival 2021 and the beginning of indoor events as theatres, galleries and art installations are able to open following the government's advice.
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Brighton Dome's Concert Hall reopens with classical concerts from world renowned musicians including Chineke! Chamber Ensemble and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, contemporary music from Cornish-Welsh musician Gwenno and the return of Live is Alive! showcasing the best of Brighton"s music scene. 

On Dukes Lane, two shops are transformed into art installations from actress Jane Horrocks and theatre director Tim Crouch and Fabrica becomes a fairytale forest as it opens Olafur Eliasson's The Forked Forest Path. 

The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts welcomes HALO, a multisensory experience fusing art, science and music. 

Further afield a new adaptation of The War of the Worlds by Rhum & Clay Theatre Company opens at Worthing's Connaught Theatre. 

And at Brighton Girls School, much loved authors and writers will be in conversation, including Craig Brown on The Beatles and writers Aida Edemariam, Nikesh Shukla and filmmaker Stella Corradi discuss how they tackle the retelling of history.

Brighton Festival 2021 features nearly 100 events, performances and installations, both as specially commissioned online projects, as livestreams and across multiple outdoor and indoor locations extending from Brighton to Worthing until 31 May. 

The festival's guest director is British and Ethiopian poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE.

In line with regulations, all ticketed events are required to be booked in advance.  

All events will be equipped for social distancing, including reduced capacity seating, bookings in household bubbles and full safety measures implemented across all sites. 

Full event details and ticket information available from

by: Mike Cobley


Sussex's countryside event, the South of England Show, returned last weekend after a year off due to the pandemic.  
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In a world where we're taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Brighton-bound Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland's unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. 
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Charleston's beautiful walled garden was a canvas, a studio, a prop store, a stage, a sanctuary, and once again this summer, it will be a place to learn and be inspired.

Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 

Brighton based rap artist Milky is keeping it local by releasing his debut single I Miss You Mum on We Are Not Saints, a non-profit record label and live music company that solely works with musicians in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. 

Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months.
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Covid-19 was the catalyst that forced Scott Matthews to scale a musical Everest with his recently released seventh album New Skin

A founder member of acclaimed electronic rock group Death in Vegas has formed a new Country & Western band. While that might catch fans by surprise, Steve Hellier says that with new act Django Rhinestone he's actually returning to his musical roots. 

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage announce a forthcoming project, Remote Reminiscence – Getting Elders Online, beginning in September 2021.
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Singer and songwriter Imelda May's recently released sixth studio album 11 Past The Hour - her first new music in four years - is a record filled with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her at her most authentic.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK's foremost electronic music and networking event has teamed with Brighton nightclub The Arch for a special event on Sunday 27th June 2021.
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Saving Grace will be visiting De La Warr Pavilion next month, featuring Robert Plant OBE on vocals. This will be the singer's first time performing at the East Sussex venue based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 continues in June with further performances of Kát'a Kabanová and Il turco in Italia and a concert from Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that explores ancient and modern English music.

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