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Thursday 05 May 2022

Brighton Festival Returns This Weekend With Parades Premieres & Outdoor Performances

Brighton Festival kicks off this weekend with an eclectic programme of world and UK premieres, pop-up community events and live performances across the city. 
Credit David Bracey

This year marks the return of the much-missed Children's Parade on Saturday 7 May, following an enforced absence. 

Jointly produced with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, this riot of colour and creativity features 5000 school children journeying through the centre of the city. 

Pivoting around the Festival theme of Rebuilding, the Parade celebrates the strength and resilience of local communities and what can be achieved when we listen and work together. 

This year Brighton Festival has not one but two Guest Co-Directors - Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton-based theatre makers dreamthinkspeak

Marwa and Tristan chose the theme of Rebuilding as the inspiration for this year's programme, exploring it from two different yet complementary perspectives. 

Marwa Al-Sabouni has partnered with fellow architect Ghassan Jansiz to build a bespoke community space on Hove seafront, called The Riwaq – the Arabic word for colonnade. 

This unique temporary venue will offer an eclectic programme of free cultural and community events from Saturday 7 May, including family sessions, workshops, spoken word performances and music and dance from around the world. 

Tristan Sharps' site-responsive theatre company dreamthinkspeak stage the world premiere of a new Brighton Festival Commission, Unchain Me

Inspired by Dostoevsky's novel The Possessed, in which a provincial town descends into chaos, the action takes place across a range of locations in and around the city. 

This thought-provoking multi-media performance is made possible with support from The Pebble Trust, whose annual sponsorship of the Brighton Festival Commission series will offer audiences innovative and unique ways of seeing and experiencing Brighton & Hove.
Saturday and Sunday's A Weekend Without Walls programme will bring communities together to enjoy free family pop-up performances from some of the UK's most innovative outdoor companies – from hip-hop dance theatre to contemplative audio tours.  
Without Walls also forms part of Brighton Festival's Our Place programme - a free and inclusive celebration of community creativity. 

The Festival works in partnership with community groups to select, programme and produce events for and within communities across Hangleton and Knoll, East Brighton, Mouslecoomb and Bevendean. 
Brighton Festival will continue its innovative site-specific events with the UK premiere of Witness Stand, also opening this weekend. 

Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey have commissioned a community of writers and sound artists with a connection to Brighton to create emotive sound installations for audiences to experience at inspiring outdoor sites across the region.
Brighton Festival is celebrating a return to full capacity in 2022, with an extensive international programme of over 150 events taking place across Sussex from 7-29 May.
Explore the full programme at

by: Mike Cobley


Head First Acrobats return to the Brighton Fringe Festival with two spectacular shows, Railed for adults, and PreHysterical for children.

Hastings Fat Tuesday have teamed up with The Marina Fountain and The Prince Albert to bring Primal Scream to the White Rock Theatre for a special warm up show ahead of their Screamadelica live dates.

After collaborating with Noel Gallagher on the single Where's My Family Gone, Brighton-bound Andrew Cushin picked up the support of another iconic rock 'n' roller when Pete Doherty signed him to his Strap Originals label.

Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the latest offering from Brighton-bound The Avalanches.
Credit Leigh Simpson

Barrie Kosky's highly anticipated new production of Poulenc's powerful opera Dialogues des Carmélites will premiere next summer at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival. It was originally scheduled to appear at the event in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tens of thousands of fans will unite in Brighton to watch the World Cup 2022 on huge anti-glare screens with a world-class sound system, food, drinks and a proper big game atmosphere. 

Actor Michelle Collins chats ahead of her starring role in the comedy thriller Cluedo, the new play, directed by Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong), which visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th June.
Credit Jim Stephenson

Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year's Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

Brighton-bound Canadian songwriter and musician Leith Ross shared their new single We'll Never Have Sex, alongside a self-directed and produced video, after finding viral fame. 
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 winning Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.
Credit Summer Dean

Before Dylan Thomas drank himself to death at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin (née Macnamara) were the great lovers who boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 30s and 40s mixing with fellow artists and the bohemian in-crowd, living on tick, behaving scandalously and being forgiven. Their marriage was stormy, passionate and explosive.

Comedian Jason Byrne - who brings his new show to The Old Market, Hove, this October - has not only had his heart unblocked and been given a new lease of life, but his whole career has been unblocked too! 

The artist Maggi Hambling will present her first exhibition at Glyndebourne at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival, with support from Marlborough Gallery.

Soulful Edinburgh-born newcomer Brooke Combe will be support for Miles Kane when he plays Concorde 2, Brighton, this week.

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