Michael Rosen is Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2013
Brighton Festival is delighted to announce that the 2013 Guest Director is the celebrated poet, writer, broadcaster and previous Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
Brighton Festival – three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration across the city of Brighton and Hove – will take place from 4 – 26 May 2013. Full programme details for the internationally acclaimed mixed arts festival will be available at the public and media launches set to take place on Wed 27 Feb 2013.
Michael Rosen said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be involved with Brighton Festival. It’s exciting but it’s also going to be a challenge! I am a great believer in festivals – they are an informal college of the arts for everyone. There’s been a big change since I was a child when the arts were tucked away in theatres and galleries and Brighton Festival takes cultural activity and brings it to many different audiences across a whole city.”
Programme highlights which can be revealed at this stage include the Brighton Festival commission The Great Enormo – a new work for narrator and full orchestra written by Michael Rosen and composed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin. Michael Rosen will narrate the piece and will be joined by the City of London Sinfonia for this world premiere.
For more than 25 years Brighton Festival has opened with the Children’s Parade, which now includes participants from local infant, junior and secondary schools, nurseries and playgroups, community groups and bands across the city. Big, bright, colourful and fun it is one of the most spectacular community events in the UK with up to 4,000 participants from 75 groups and an audience of 10,000. This year the Children’s Parade, devised and delivered by Same Sky, will be themed around the Alphabet in a response to Michael Rosen’s interest and passion for language.
Brighton Festival is one of Europe’s leading arts festivals for artists and audiences and is known for commissioning and producing an ambitious programme that aims to make the most of Brighton’s distinctive cultural atmosphere. It has been widely recognised for presenting exciting site specific work, thought provoking debate and newly commissioned works.