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Brighton's Brilliant Festivals

Posted 10 May 2017 by Andrew Gardner

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Are you with us for this month's Brighton Festival? With the dynamic Kate Tempest as guest director it's a cracker. I hope you've booked in advance and got your accommodation sorted out - if not, use our quick search facility or check our late availability deals, but you'll need to hurry. The main festival goes on till 28 May so you could still fit in a visit if you've not yet booked; but Brighton Festival Fringe continues a little longer, to 4 June. No time to waste!
 
Brighton Festival is incredibly diverse. From events centred on books and debate (including Eimear McBride, Helen Oyeyemi, Billy Bragg, George Monbiot, Jenni Murray, Gary Younge) to art, film, theatre, music, comedy and spoken word to outdoor and family-centred activities, there is just so much to take in.
 
I'm intrigued by three billings under the heading 'Circuses', because I'm not sure that's the right word - or at least, circus has come a long way. Australian group Casus make a return appearance, there's the pacey, all-female If I Could I Would featuring 'acrobatics, imagination and humour' and the ethereal Depart, which takes place in a cemetery. Truly, something for all tastes.
 
And alongside all this runs Brighton Fringe, with almost 1000 events taking place in 155 venues, apparently - so you'll have difficulty not finding something to see - and don't forget the Fringe Academy if your ambition is to take part one day.
 
While I usually try to choose something offbeat as my highlight, I am captivated by the main feature this year, For The Birds. Artist Jony Easterby has collaborated with many dynamic sound and lighting artists to create a magical trail of light, sound and moving sculpture inspired by the world of birds - and visitors get to explore it just as night falls. I think it's a lovely way to acknowledge the countryside in what is essentially a city festival - but a city surrounded by the South Downs and the sea.
 
I'd say 'See you there' but it's going to be busy, so we might not bump into each other. Have a wonderful time!

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