Every year major venues within Brighton and Hove come together for the annual Brighton Festival. The event has been running since 1967 and celebrates the best in music, theatre, dance, art, film and much more. Spread over the course of three weeks, previous events have included comedy from the likes of Sarah Pascoe, live music from Beth Orton and installations inspired by Lou Reed. The London Symphony Orchestra have made a more traditional appearance at the Brighton Dome, while numerous avant-garde artists have performed in smaller locations. Each year a guest director is invited to help curate.
Brighton is a short train ride from London and easy to reach from elsewhere in the country. London Gatwick airport is only a 30-minute journey. Once in the heart of the city most venues are within walking distance. Ticket prices vary and are subject to an additional £2 booking fee. Many tickets are available for £10 or less and there are plenty of free events during the Brighton Festival. There is a festival multi-buy offer available, whereby if you book 5 events you get the 6th one free. Box office lines are open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and until 7pm during May.
Once the line-up is announced review the website. There is so much to choose from however the official site provides details on the majority of performances. If you’re wanting to see the bigger names, these are more likely to appear at venues such as the Dome, Fabrica or Komedia. Some residents also hold an Open House during the festival so you may find something truly unique hidden away. If you are travelling with children, there are family orientated events. Some venues may have age restrictions, or limited capacity, so if you are looking to attend a particular show always check before setting off.
With various venues taking part choose from a selection of house, apartments, B&Bs and other private rentals close to the city centre. Wherever you stay it is best to walk around Brighton, or public transport is available from the outskirts. Check our accommodation in Brighton.
Take a walk along the seafront and Brighton Pier, or a ride on the Volk’s Railway. The Brighton Aquarium, big wheel and viewing platform are all within reach of each other. Inland visit the famous Brighton Lanes, discover independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Find out more about the Brighton Festival such as what’s on, buying tickets, planning your visit, details on past events, information about the guest director and individual shows and venues, live streams, videos, photo galleries and more by visiting the official website.
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