Brighton Festival 2012

Published On April 4, 2012 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

Guest Director – Vanessa Redgrave

The Brighton Festival is an annual arts festival which takes place from 5-27 of May.  It was founded in 1966, and is the largest multi-art form festival in England.

The 2006 festival organised over 200 events during 23 days which were attended by over 500,000 people.

Over the three weeks they explore music, theatre, dance, film, literature and from acting and politics to memory and nostalgia to homeland and story-telling, to humanitarian concerns and economic and social issues including those of the various charities she represents and in particular children’s needs in our world.

Highlight 2012

Contemporary Music – War Sum Up

Venue: Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

War Sum Up is an ultra-contemporary audio-visual spectacle that fuses classic warrior texts from Japanese Noh theatre with warmongering manga graphics, surreal costumes and a live music mash-up of contemporary choral music, electronica and melodious chamber pop.

Price: £15/£18.50,£22.50

Visual Arts & Film – The best of BUG: The Evolution of Music Video

Venue: Duke of York’s Picturehouse

This ‘best of’ bonanza presents a selection of outstanding clips, incredible discoveries and hilarious insights into the online community, all wrapped up in Adam’s own inimitalbe presentation style.
Price: £14.50

Book and Debates – A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

Venue: Pavillion Theatre

Canongrate publisher Jamie Byng, poet Lemn Sissay, and writer/poet Salena Godden celebrate the publication of Gil Scott-Heron’s memoirs, The last Holiday, in this tribute to the American singer, poet and ‘Godfather of rap’.
Price: £10

Dance – Breakin Convention 2012

Venue: Concert Hall, Brighton Dome

Hosted and curated by eminent UK hip-hop theatre artist Jonzi D, this jaw-dropping production presents the very best acts from around the world and around the corner.
Price: £7.50/£10/£12.50/£15/£18.50

Theatre – Allege

Venue: The Basement

Exploring the absurdity and sad humor of people constantly making life difficult for themselves, Allege is a game of expectation and attention in which obsession and chaos are held in perpetual conflict. Clèment Layes is one of the Europe’s brightest and quirkiest young choreographers, masterfully balancing  an odd mix of circus virtuosity, dance and philosophy.
Price: £10

Classical Music – Bow Down

Venue: Old Market

A macabre folktale is brought to percussive and visceral life in this interdisciplinary performance. Bow Down is an ancient murder ballad reimagined by young performers and players from the London Sinfonietta Academy.
Pirce: £10

Family – Kid Carpet & Noisy Animals

Venue: The Old Market

Kid Carpet has been pioneering his catchy, lo-fi electro-pop music for nearly ten years. He has toured with acts like Arcade Fire, Badly Drawn Boy and The Go Team and worked with cult film director Alex Cox. This is his first punk rock musical for kids!
Price: £6 children, £8 adults

Brighton Festival 2012 Listings

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