Brighton Festival back to all events

The acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet, playwright and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE has 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.

Artists have responded to the theme of care and to their own experiences of the last year to create newly commissioned work that involves, engages and inspires.

Featuring 10 world and UK premieres and commissions, we present new work by the actress Jane Horrocks; theatre directors Neil BartlettTim Crouch and Peter Sellars. Performances from classical artists Roderick WilliamsPaul Lewis, Jessie Montgomery and Isata Kanneh-Mason; musicians Le Gateau ChocolatEliza 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. From his own personal experience of growing up without a family, Lemn invites you, along with other artists, friends and peers to share your personal memories and ‘light up the world with stories, phrases or sayings about family via a new website

More info: Brighton Festival

1-30 May 2021 (some installation events run through June)