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For too long festivals have been too male and now Byline Festival is doing something beyond the usual rhetoric….
Credit Carys Lavin

After receiving its UK premiere at Brighton Festival 2018, Creation (Pictures for Dorian) ran at Southbank Centre as part of LIFT festival, resulting in a nomination for the TBC Award (for productions that defy traditional categories) in The Off West End Theatre Awards.


The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  
Photo by Mark Douet

An obsession with the film 'The Shining' was the inspiration behind David Walliams Awful Auntie, which is coming to Theatre Royal Brighton.
Pic by Jade Mainade

British/German arts collective Gob Squad have performed all over the world for a quarter of a century. Now, they are are at Brighton Festival with a brand-new show, Creation (Pictures for Dorian) where they will be joined onstage by six local Brighton-based performers.

Sometimes it's good to be challenged, to be mystified by unfolding events, to be totally flummoxed by the juxtaposition of what's being revealed. But other times it's best to admit defeat and realise there is no mystery, just bitter disappointment.

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.
Pic by Miles Davis

King Charles III is a future history - our present monarch has been laid to rest, and Charles, after waiting patiently for the crown, finally succeeds. So begins Gary Cook of his visit to witness King Charles III, at Brighton Little Theatre.

Brighton Festival artist Theresa Lola has won a prestigious Brunel International African Poetry Prize, scooping a major prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. 

Apocalyptic, driving, loud, furious, dangerous and desperate, 'a wild walz for the end of time' indeed. So begins Simon Turner's review when he witnessed Hofesh Shechter's 'Grand Finale', at Brighton Festival 2018.
Credit Tom Wenezoui

People are united by postcodes, but a new initiative as part of Brighton Festival's Your Place has been asking local residents to consider what it is that ties neighbourhoods together and what can be done to bring the community closer together.

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