On Monday 24 May, Abigail Conway's The Candle Project opens at The Spire in Kemptown.
An ancient ritual for our times, participants can make their own candle with a message inside, to be added to a large installation.
At the end of the week, a spectacular livestreamed lighting ceremony will feature soundscapes with contributions from local choirs.
Robot Selfie arrives in Brighton on Friday 28 May.
At Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, a wall drawing robot will create a giant mural on an outside wall, using selfies which can be submitted by members of the public from Wednesday 26 May.
Elsewhere, the evocative soundscapes of 5,000 Miles at St Ann's Well Gardens will transport visitors to another country and culture and The Museum of Ordinary People at Phoenix Art Space immerses visitors into the lives of ordinary people through everyday objects, photographs and documents.
At Brighton Dome, three nights of comedy from Josie Long, Sofie Hagen and Mark Watson will fill the Concert Hall with laughter.
Classical lunchtime concerts from the UK's rising artists include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and Glyndebourne's Jerwood Young Artists.
Evening performances include Dear Nature, an appeal for a closer relationship with the natural world that combines artist John Newling's 81 letters to nature with music for solo cello.
The Candle Project - Abigail Conway
Dynamic ensemble La Nuova Musica present an intimate and audacious new take on Monterverdi's Vespers and works by Mendelssohn, Ireland, Tchaikovsky and the contemporary American composer Jessie Montgomery are performed by the Strings of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brighton Girls School hosts storytelling and a talk from children's authors Steven Butler and Steven Lenton, as well as poetry from T. S. Eliot prize-winning Roger Robinson and star of the future Jay Bernard.
Folk singer Eliza Carthy and her father Martin present East, a specially crafted evening of musical and poetic works inspired by eastern England's seaboard with guest appearances by actress Miranda Richardson and singer songwriter Wilko Johnson.
And black-bearded diva Le Gateau Chocolat closes Brighton Festival 2021 with a one-night-only cabaret performance, his first appearance on stage in a year.
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.