Brighton Festival announces its line-up for 2015

Date Posted: 17/02/2015

Key speakers and performances are revealed, as details are at last disclosed for this year’s festival programme.

The multi-arts festival, purported to be one of the largest in England, will return to Brighton with its annual celebration of art, music, dance, theatre, film, literature and debate.

The festival this year will explore three key themes of Art and Nature, Crossing Places and Taking Liberty.

Posing questions about whether life imitates art or art imitates life, Art and Nature is explored in a host of events including an immersive multi-screen film installation of Marcus Coates’ entitled Dawn Chorus.

Another highlight will include the outdoor art exhibition Fleeting at the West Pier by And Now. The display will feature hundreds of individual points of fire to create shapes and swathes of glowing light and shade.

Crossing Places will explore different art forms merged together in a selection of unique performances including one by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green called The Measure of All Things and Claudia Molitor’s Vast White Stillness.

Taking Liberty, meanwhile, will celebrate themes of liberty, equality and freedom through a selection of performances and discussions by key writers, thinkers and entertainers.

Liberty director and author Shami Chakrabati will host an evening celebrating the Human Rights Act, while Tony award-winning playwright Richard Nelson will bring his highly acclaimed The Apple Family Plays.

Other festival highlights will include Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and the English premiere of Vanishing Point & National Theatre of Scotland’s The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler.

The festival will run for three weeks between 2nd and 24th May, with nearly 400 performances taking place at multiple venues across the city.

For more information on this year’s line-up visit www.brightonfestival.org.

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