Brighton Festival 2013 Programme Launch
The official programme of this year’s Brighton Festival was launched Yesterday, Wednesday 27th February, at the Brighton Dome. The three week festival takes place between May 4th and 26th. This year’s festival involves over 370 performances and 154 events in 30 venues across the city. There will also be 27 unique Brighton Festival commissions, premieres and exclusives. We attended the launch of the programme and gained an insight into what the charismatic Guest Director, Michael Rosen, has got planned.
Michael Rosen – children’s Author and Guest Director – hopes to inspire the creativity of young people at the upcoming 47th Brighton Festival. Michael Rosen has taken a hands on approach to contributing towards the festival and will be involved in 10 of the festivals events, including his newly created children’s orchestral piece ‘The Great Enormo’. The packed programme emphasises Michael Rosen’s main theme and focus of this years festival, with many events concentrating on arts, children and education. Michael Rosen expresses his passion for art “The arts aren’t a luxury… They marry feeling and ideas… They are a special way of investigating who we are.” His enthusiasm for music, theatre, dance, film, literature and debate will be displayed throughout the three week festival.
This years programme revealed an impressive amount of performances and events so we spoke to this years theatre producer and kids theatre producer to identify the highlights and must see events.
The focus on inspiring the young community throughout the festival is evident with the suggested children event highlights. The Children’s Parade will kick off the start of the festival and will consist of over 5,000 children and the 26 letters of the alphabet. Michael Rosen takes centre stage on 24th May for an exclusive sharing of ‘Emil and the detectives’. The two man performance of ‘Picablo’ is a must see for art-lovers and school children. The performance is a inventive and surprising use of technology and theatre which provides an inside into Picasso’s art.
‘Beowulf – A thousand years of baggage’ is a must see theatre performance for adults. It is a clever, funny and thoroughly exhilarating take on the much-studied Old English poem. A unique, beer-soaked celebration of monsters, heroes, battles and great music-making.
Brighton Festival 2013 tickets are available for public booking from 8th March. Priority booking for Brighton Dome members is available from 28th February to 7th March.
WORDS by Bethany Potter