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Festivals in Brighton

Get set for 'festivals' month in Brighton & Hove this May! It's Brighton's BIG Festival month & the place to be for fabulous FESTIVAL fun.

With four major festivals and tonnes of other events taking place across the city, make sure you don't miss out and book your stay for some of the best festival line-ups outside Edinburgh! 

Brighton Festival: 3-25 May

Brighton Fringe: 3 May-1 June

Photo of an outdoor performance from Brighton Festival. A photo of a perfomer dressed in old fashioned flying gear at Brighton Fringe.

One of Europe's leading arts festivals, Brighton Festival offers 3 fabulous weeks of unrivalled arts celebration. 2014 welcomes the critically-acclaimed choreographer, musician and composer Hofesh Shechter.

Brighton Fringe is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. 2014 promises a heady mix of cabaret, theatre, comedy, visual arts, dance & music, plus the ever fabulous Brighton Spiegeltent.

Artists Open Houses: 3-25 May

 The Great Escape: 8-10 May

A photo of the outside of an Artist's Open House in Brighton. A photo of a gig at Brighton's Great Escape Festival by David Matthews Photography.

Over 1,000 artists & makers showcase a dynamic mix of art to the public in over 200 homes & studios. Be sure to explore the sister visual arts festival HOUSE as well.

The Great Escape is a new music festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world. Over 400 up and coming bands play in 35 Brighton venues.

Brighton also makes a great base from which to explore the areas beyond Brighton. Other key festivals taking place in May a little further into the beautiful Sussex countryside include:

  • Charleston Festival (16-26 May) - home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Festival presents an array of literary and artistic  talks, discussions, films and workshops.
  • Elderflower Festival (23-26 May) - family-friendly festival at Pippingford Park in the Sussex countryside. Packed with activities for kids of all ages, music & entertainment, locally sourced food, plus a woodland spa.

For more Festivals in Brighton check out our festivals timeline or for full event listings visit the What's On page.

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