Sunny Brighton is playing host to four festivals next month, offering visitors to the popular seaside destination a chance to enjoy an eclectic range of art, theatre, music, dance and debate.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi is Guest Director of the Brighton Festival which has the “underlying theme” of liberty and freedom of speech.
“We are extremely honoured to have Aung San Suu Kyi’s inspirational vision guide our proceedings for what promises to be possibly the most memorable Brighton Festival in its history” says John Carmichael, Marketing Manager, VisitBrighton.
“As the UK’s most liberal city, Brighton is the ideal place to showcase a range of art, theatre and debate that celebrates freedom and democracy.”
Running alongside the main curated festival is Brighton Festival Fringe which organisers predict will being “a heady mix of hundreds of events and performances” to the city’s streets and venues.
Also running are Artists Open Houses which will feature over 1,500 artists displaying their work in over 250 houses, and the Great Escape, the annual ‘curtain-raiser’ to the summer music festival season bringing over 300 bands to over 30 venues across the city.
45th Brighton Festival, 7 – 29 May 2011
Expect powerful and engaging works of art, theatre, dance and debate from a range of national and international artists. Highlights include a discussion with Julian Assange entitled ‘Article 19’ on the Freedom of Information, Kutluğ Ataman’s ‘Mesopotamian Dramaturgies’ works and ‘The New World Order’ being performed by Hydrocracker throughout Brighton Town Hall.
For more information visit www.brightonfestival.org or go to www.VisitBrighton.com
Brighton Fringe Festival, 7 – 30 May 2011
The third largest Fringe Festival in the world has something for everyone with cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre and exhibitions, as well as lively street performance.
For more information visit www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk or go to www.VisitBrighton.com
30th Artists Open Houses, weekends in May 2011
2011 marks the 30th anniversary of Artists Open Houses and to celebrate this annual festival of art there will be a retrospective of the work of Ned Hoskins; whose idea to open his home to visitors became a national phenomenon.
For more information visit www.aoh.org.uk or go to www.VisitBrighton.com
The Great Escape music festival, 12 to 14 May 2011
This music industry bash has morphed into one of the coolest music festivals of the year.
Over 300 local, national and international bands in 34 different venues over three days. Friendly Fires and Katy B headline this year.
For more information visit www.escapegreat.com or go to www.VisitBrighton.com