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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Brighton Festival Launches 2021 Programme With Ninety-Four Events Performances Exhibitions & Installations

Brighton, today, became the first UK city to launch a multi-arts festival since lockdown. 

The acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE launched the Brighton Festival 2021 programme as guest director, signalling a welcome return for the arts under the theme of 'care'.

Ninety-four events, performances, exhibitions and installations will take place from 1 May to 31 May, both as specially commissioned online projects, as livestreams and across multiple outdoor and indoor locations extending from Brighton to Worthing.

From 17 May, provided government guidelines allow, live indoor and outdoor performances will open for socially distanced audiences in much loved venues that will re-open for the first time since 2020.

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

Over ninety events outdoors and online from 1 May and safely back on stage from 17 to 31 May, 30 events will offer free tickets. 

All events & installations in locations from Brighton to Worthing will be managed with social distancing measures in place.

See brightonfestival.org for full Brighton Festival 2021 listings.

by: Mike Cobley



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