From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury - A social calendar for the 21st century
04 May, 2013 - 26 May, 2013
For three weeks in May this lively seaside town is turned into an artistic hub, hosting the largest annual arts festival in England.
Now in its 47th year, this imaginative arts festival combines an impressive programme of international music, dance, literature and theatre, with innovative performances that utilise and enhance the landscape of the city. The major events take place in the stunning Regency Dome complex and Brighton's Theatre Royal, but other venues around the town are featured as well.
The well-regarded literature section of the programme regularly features a wide range of authors.
Brighton Festival transforms the Pavilion Gardens, Jubilee Square and New Road into Fringe City, hosting a full programme of free events - dance, comedy, and street theatre. The Festival opens with a full costume children's parade, participated in by all the town's schools.
The 2013 Festival welcomes poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen, as its Guest Director. The full programme is available on the website, but highlights include: performances by the Brighton Youth Orchestra; a production of King Lear; the Kite Runner and guest appearances from Lionel Shriver and Judith Kerr.