Brighton festival 2011– what’s on?

Posted on: 04 May 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Widely regarded as ‘the’ festival to see and be seen at, we take a look at what you can expect this year! might be easier to tell you what’s not going on, because from the 7 to the 29 of May, Brighton will once again become a hive of activity (even more so than normal!). The 45th Brighton Festival erupts on the arts calendar this month incorporating festivities across the arts, including separate festivals focused on music (The Great Escape) and comedy (Brighton Fringe Festival). Here’s the lowdown… Brighton Festival 

Dates: 7 - 29 May

Aung San Suu Kyi, the courageous leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who fought passionately for democracy in Burma, is this year’s Guest Director. At the heart of this year’s festival is her plea to ‘use your liberty to promote ours’, which Brighton’s mayor agreed was very much in keeping with the spirit of the city and its people.

Throughout the festival, you can take part in the Paper Lotus Flowers project, to raise awareness of the 2,100 political prisoners still in captivity in Burma. Visitors will be invited to construct one of two thousand paper lotus flowers, the paper and instructions can be picked up from the Dome or downloaded from this website.

When it comes to events the list is endless, there’s everything from contemporary music, visual arts & film, dance & circus, books and debate, theatre and classical music. For full listings and an overview of what’s on over the month head to their website.

The Brighton Fringe Festival

Dates: 7 – 30 May

Brighton Festival Fringe is one of the largest and fastest-growing open access arts festival in the world and the largest in England. It sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms. 

No artistic judgment or selection criteria are imposed on participants so it really is a diverse and unusual collection of art forms. It is of course, this open minded creativity that both the Fringe and Brighton has become renowned for. Go to the Fringe Festival website to find out more. Great Escape

Dates: 12 – 14 May

Imagine the Camden crawl but in a sunny, happy and chilled out venue, well that is The Great Escape Brighton’s nu-music festival. There are over 300 artists playing 30 venues with a very broad range of styles and genres. 

Now in its fifth year, The Great Escape is widely regarded as the leading event showcasing new music, so this is where you’ll find the future Mumford and Sons. Matthew and the Atlas, Marcus Foster and Bear's Den are well worth checking out, and if you can’t decide who is your favourite, then invest in a weekend pass, that way you can see every band on the line-up. You can also purchase individual tickets for specific shows like Friendly Fires and Sufjan Stevens who are headlining at the Dome. 

For all tickets visit The Great Escape website

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