The Brighton Festival programme is officially live! VisitBrighton was lucky enough to attend the launch event last Wednesday morning, where Guest Director Rokia Traoré explained that this year’s festival is a celebration of diversity, storytelling and curiosity. She says she hopes that “through the Festival, visitors listen to stories from far away and from right next door” and with performers from Mali, India, Belgium and Norway, and of course Brighton itself, this seems a good aim!

Photo of Brighton Festival 2019 Guest Director Rokia Traoré

There’s a huge variety of events, exhibitions and installations to enjoy, including plenty of free activities, such as the magical-sounding Museum of the Moon. The Children’s Parade takes place on Saturday 4th May, with a theme of folk tales from around the world and Your Place is back with a new name (Our Place) and two fun-packed days in Hangleton and East Brighton. The Storytelling Army also returns, with a theme of food and flavours.

Photo of Museum of the Moon

Rokia Traoré herself brings three shows to the festival, including Dream Mande: Djata, which tells the age-old epic of West Africa’s Mandinka Civilisation, and having been lucky enough to see her perform at the Festival launch we can tell you that these will be well worth seeing! There is also a selection of events from her Foundation Passerelle, which supports creative individuals in Mali and Rokia will be meeting young people aged between 16-19 years old while she’s in Brighton too. To be considered, simply write a sentence beginning “I would like to meet Rokia Traoré because…” and send it to by Wednesday 1st May.

As always, there’s also plenty of dance and theatre; music; literature and debate; art; events for children and young people; as well as (of course) the more off-the-wall events, such as the intriguing Wet Sounds: an installation in Prince Regent Swimming Pool. We love May!

Photo of the Wet Sounds installation

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