Brighton Festival 2021
Brighton Festival is back from Sat 1 May with arts outdoors, online and safety back on stage.
The acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE launched the Brighton Festival 2021 programme as guest director, with the theme of 'care'.
Following a year of momentous tragedy, disruption and hardship, Lemn's vision is that the arts and Brighton Festival will play a role in the healing of communities and in the care we show for ourselves and to each other. This year's programme abounds with fun, enjoyment and curiosity, alongside serious reflection but above all will give hope that a brighter future is on the way.
94 events, performances and installations will take place from 1 May to 31 May, online, outdoors and safely back on stage.
Featuring 10 world and UK premieres and commissions, Brighton Festival presents new work by the actress Jane Horrocks; theatre directors Neil Bartlett, Tim Crouch and Peter Sellars. Performances from classical artists Roderick Williams, Paul Lewis, Jessie Montgomery and Isata Kanneh-Mason; musicians Le Gateau Chocolat, Eliza Carthy and Gwenno; visual artist Olafur Eliasson; comedians Josie Long and Mark Watson; author Jacqueline Wilson and poet Michael Rosen will be celebrating his birthday in true festival style!
Lemn Sissay's Brighton Festival commission, Tell Me Something About Family is an online conversation that will connect people through the complexity and variety of what family can mean. Lemn invites you to share your personal memories and 'light up the world with stories, phrases or sayings about family via a new website.
Tickets on sale now - dive in!