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Saturday 06 March 2021

Brighton Festival 2021 To Begin Safe Return For The Arts In The City From May

This year's Brighton Festival will return to the city with a celebration of art and culture from 1st May, extending across the whole month and possibly into June.
Credit Jamie MacMillian

The Festival programme will be launched online on Tuesday 30th March with returning guest director, the poet, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE. 

Guest director Lemn Sissay said: 

"The last year has been incredibly challenging for so many people and in so many different ways. 

"We say the arts bring people together but we also mean that through the wonder of the arts our minds and hearts can come together. 

"We can use this exciting opportunity to shape Brighton Festival for audiences to enjoy however they choose, whether taking part at home on screen or at a socially distanced event. 

"I'm honoured to see where it will take us and to be with you to experience it together."

Brighton Festival is known for presenting artistic work in new and interesting ways and 2021 will continue to celebrate a wide range of artforms, from visual art and installation, classical to contemporary music, theatre and comedy, film and literature. 

Following the latest government guidance on when lockdown restrictions can be eased, events will take place online, in unusual outdoor pop-up locations and from 17 May, live performances will open for socially distanced audiences in venues across the city. 

Brighton Dome will host events with Covid-secure public safety measures approved by the Good to Go industry mark. 

The popular Children's Parade, which traditionally marks the opening day of the Festival, will be adapted to be an event without gathering, creating a visual spectacle on Brighton's streets for visitors to enjoy throughout the month. 

Community arts charity Same Sky has produced the event for over 30 years and will be offering schools and community groups alternative activities for children to make their own flags and artwork to honour the spirit of the event along the parade route in the city centre. 

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Festival said:

"Although the Festival will feel different from previous years, without the large groups of people coming together that we"re used to, we have been planning for a Festival full of beauty and fun that can still happen with social distancing in place. 

"We believe we can deliver a carefully managed, safe and responsible events programme that will help build confidence with our audiences to bring them back to what they love. 

"Lemn Sissay's artistic vision and the way he speaks to the things that really matter, feels even more relevant today and I'm delighted he has brought fresh inspiration and direction to this year"s programme. 

"Our thanks go to our principal funders, Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council who we continue to work closely with on the latest guidance. 

"We are grateful for their steadfast support and belief that the arts can play a vital role in the city"s economic recovery. 

"Over the next few months, we'll be flexible in our planning and remain optimistic that with the public's help, the government's roadmap will stay on track and that the city can look forward to an arts and culture-led recovery."

Brighton Festival 2021 will launch on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at brightonfestival.org

by: Mike Cobley




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