With summer just around the corner festival season will soon be upon us once again. Bursting into Brighton and taking over the city from the 2nd – 24th May is the exciting and hugely popular Brighton Festival! It is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, film, circus, art, literature, poetry, and much more, and takes place in various venues across Brighton and Hove. Brighton is renowned for its unique, arty atmosphere and Brighton Festival is one of England’s biggest mixed arts festivals and attracts some of the most innovative artists and companies from the UK and around the world. Brighton Festival is run by the same team that run Brighton’s leading art venue; the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome therefore expect some extravagant sights! With hundreds of events ranging from art exhibitions at the city’s leading galleries to children’s parades there will be something happening to capture the attention of all ages and interests. The atmosphere in Brighton is always buzzing when the festival is taking place and there is always something interesting happening in the city centre to keep you entertained. Some events are free whilst others have admission costs. For information on all of the events happening during the festival go to the official website
Alongside the Brighton Festival is the Brighton Fringe Festival which will run from the 1st – 31st May. The Fringe is a completely open-access arts festival which means that anyone can put on an event in Brighton – over a third of its participants for this year’s festival actually live in the city. This means that a wealth of individual and unique talents can be seen during the period and that each year the festival allows for new and exciting acts. Brighton Fringe 2015 is huge and features more than 760 individual events! Brighton Fringe is a registered charity that supports artists in the city all year round by connecting local artists to organisations to promote their work worldwide. For the perfect place to check out what Brighton Fringe is all about then visit Fringe City on New Road between 1pm-5pm on 2, 3, 9, 16 and 23 and 24th May. You can expect various acts and performances that will give you a taste for what the festival will include and will be sure to leave you wanting more! Additionally, on the 2nd and the 23rd of May Fringe will be hosting Brighton’s biggest ever picnic in the Pavilion Gardens with free family activities, workshops and games to entertain the children! For more information about the Fringe then go to their website
If you are interested in all things weird, wonderful, and creative then I would highly recommend venturing out into Brighton this May to see what you can discover!