Brighton Festival Picks

In four days time, the Brighton Festival would’ve kicked open it’s doors, brightened up the place, and put a bunch of the flowers on the table all ready to welcome the world to a month of arts and culture celebration.

Spindle have selected the best and brightest Brighton Festival has to offer during this coming month of May. With many of the events being free, and such a variety, there will always be something to float your boat. Creatives from across the globe will be landing on our Southern coast to help celebrate with us. Joining together art and technology, art and community and art and culture in such various ways underneath the thematic title of ‘Nature’ proves for some intriguing results.

Agnès Varda Installation

When? 2nd – 24th May Where? University of Brighton Gallery What? The Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (presented by the European Film Academy) Agnès Varda has ben recognised for her extraordinary body of work. This French filmmaker not only makes a special appearance at this year’s festival, but this installation includes some of her best pieces of work and is available to see for the entirety of the Brighton Festival. £? Free. See Varda’s part documentary, part travelogue show ‘From Here to There‘ on 4th May at Komedia for £10.

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8 Songs

When? 3rd – 4th May Where? Woodingdean Central Parl and Saltdean Oval What? After a successful 2012 at the Brighton Festival, Gandini Juggling is back again to take dexterity to new heights. Literally. It is an outdoor event choreographed to eight of the best rock’n’roll songs. £? Free.

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Stephen Hough

When? 3rd May Where? Glyndebourne What? The most beautiful piano playing of our time. Stephen Hough performs a detailed programme contrasting impressionism, poetry and drama. £? £10-£30.

Small Fables 

When? 4th May Where? The Old Market What? It’s storytelling in hand shadow form. Inspired by the tales of Aesop and La Fontaine… It’s about time the boy who cried wolf got his punishment. £? £5.

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Pitch Up

When? 8th May Where? Roundabout at Regency Square What? Pitch Up provides the chance for theatre makers, producers and venues to reach out to people with pitch ideas to make their dreams become a reality. Enter your submissions by Thursday 2nd May at 10am for the chance to pitch your idea and get your work commissioned. £? Free.

Charlotte Vincent Theatre ‘Look At Me Now, Mummy’ 

When? 12th May Where? Brighton Dome Corn Exchange Foyer What? As a established and credited Director/Choreographer, this one-woman show is an intimate, amusing and disheveled look at how women wish to ‘play the part’ of a Mummy. Whatever that part may be. £? £5.

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Being Both 

When? 14th May Where? Brighton Dome Concert Hall What? The question is the answer. What is it to be a man? What is it to be a woman? This talk questions whether the soul of human beings are, in some sense, both genders. Forever searching for the answer to £? £10-£27.50

Kate Tempest with George The Poet and Hollie McNish

When? 14th May Where? Brighton Dome Corn Exchange What? Spoken word and poetry is pushing boundaries and resonating more in young people today than ever before. Combining spoken word, music and poetry, these three inspirational artists come together in an articulate explosion. £? Sold out.

The Inequality Conundrum

When? 22nd May Where? Brighton Dome Corn Exchange What? ‘The Inequality Conundrum’ looks to debate and highlight how, by next year, OXFAM have predicted the world’s richest 1% will own more than half the world’s wealth. This is an issue, an inequality problem in our world, head down to experience this proactive debate. £? £10

Sam Green ‘The Measure Of All Things’

When? 23rd – 24th May Where? The Old Market What? Loosely inspired by The Guinness Book Of World Records, Sam Green’s live documentary explores the wonders of the natural world, the very weird and wonderful world. He explores, not the somewhat-silly records, but those that fate has decided for you. £? £10-£15.

Marcus Coates ‘Dawn Chorus’

When? 2nd – 24th May Where? Fabrica What? Using technology, Marcus Coates recorded bird song, slowed it down, drew on the similarities between it and humans with an end project proving something quite remarkable. What this installation shows you is humans singing birdsong in everyday locations, in the bath, in an underground carpark, all created to mimic the beautiful Dawn Chorus. £? Free.