brighton festival 2016

Brighton Festival 2016 – Our Must-See Picks

Laurie Anderson was at the forefront of innovative performance all the way back in the 80s, and she is still making beautiful and thought-provoking work today.

Tickets go on sale next Friday 26 Feb at 9am to the general public but you can become a member to book from tomorrow Thursday 18 February at 7.30am.

Here are our picks of the 2016 Brighton Festival:

Seen… and recommended!:

Portraits in Motionportraits

Saturday 7th – Wed 11th May, various times, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, £12.50

Just such a lovely way to spend an an hour and a half of your life. You won’t regret it.

this is how we dieThis is How We Die

Tuesday 17th May, 5pm, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, £12.50

This is probably in my top 5 favourite shows ever. Enough said.

Correction - Brighton Festival 2016Correction

Tuesday 24th – Wednesday 25th May, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Brighton, £10-17.50

Dance theatre with a bit of a twist – gripping and wryly funny.

Looking forward to:

Operation Black Antler - Brighton Festival 2016Operation Black Antler

Saturday 7th – Saturday 28th May (not Sundays except 8th, not Mondays), various times, secret Brighton location, £20

Go ‘deep swimming’ as an undercover agent with a new identity for the night!

Smoke and Mirrorssmoke and mirrors - Brighton Festival 2016

Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th May, 8pm, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, £15-17.50

Beautiful and emotional adult circus piece exploring the human condition.

The EncThe Encounter - Brighton Festival 2016ounter

Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th May, 11-14th 7.30pm, 14&15th 2.30pm, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, £20-27.50

Intriguing storytelling utilising binaural technology to create an intimate world of sound.

Chiflón: The Silence of the Coalchiflon

Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th May, various times, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, £12.50

An intense and focussed, wordless puppet show for adults.

Sara Pascoesara pascoe - Brighton Festival 2016

Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, £13

Sara Pascoe can do no wrong as far as we’re concerned. Go along and giggle.

sans soleil - Brighton FestivalSans Soleil

Sunday 15th May, 1.30pm, Duke of York’s Picturehouse, £10.50

A hugely inspirational essay film that has been a big inspiration to Ms Anderson.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succourour ladies of perpetual Succour - Brighton Festival

Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st May, 7.30pm (plus Fri & Sat 2.30m), Theatre Royal Brighton, £10-24

A rude and wild coming of age tale, presented in the form of musical theatre.


Wednesday 18th May, 7.30pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, £10-22.50

This is Laurie Anderson’s new work for Brighton Festival. She hasn’t made it yet. It’s bound to be great.

Fuga PerpetuaFuga - Brighton Festival 2016

Friday 20th May, 8pm, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, £15

A thought-provoking immersive experience combining sound and visuals and addressing the oh-so current issue of the refugee crisis.

Haçienda ClassicalHacienda Classical - Brighton Festival 2016

Friday 20th May, 9pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, £27.50-32.50

Definitely not a traditional classical concert! But this set from Hacienda shaping DJs will be accompanied by the Manchesta Camerata Orchestra – a night like no other…

zvizdal - Brighton FestivalZvizdal (Chernobyl – so far so close)

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th May, 8pm, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, £15-17.50

Berlin (the company) skillfullly mix documentary film-making with theatre and environment and this piece should not disappoint, exploring the life of the couple who refused to leave a nuclear explosion zone.

Penny Arcade – Longing Lasts LongerPenny Arcade - Brighton Festival 2016

Sunday 29th May, 8pm, Theatre Royal Brighton, £10-18

The New York queen of the underground scene brings her passion and vitality to Brighton.

Pick of the FREEBIES:

luminaryRon Haselden – Luminary

Saturday 9th April – Monday 30th May, opening hours, then 12pm-7pm during Brighton Festival, Fabrica

Sketches by the untutored young and old are turned into LED light images across the city.

Gillian Wearing – A Room With Your Views
Gillian Wearing - Brighton Festival 2016

Saturday 30th April – Sunday 29th May, 10am-5pm (Thursdays until 8pm), University of Brighton Gallery

1997 Turner Prize winner shows this global, collaborative work of views from across the world.

Bekki Perriman – The Doorways Projectdoorways

Saturday 7th – Sunday 29th May, during daylight hours, various central locations

Once homeless herself, Perriman’s sound installation homeless culture though personal tales.

Lou Reed Dronesdrones

Friday 13th – Tuesday 17th May, 12pm-5pm, The Spire

An incredibly loud installation of the late, great Lou Reed’s guitars and amps in feedback mode.

Big Steam Printbig steam print

Sunday 22nd May, 12pm-6pm, The Level

A vintage steam roller will print giant images onto the ground.



Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th May, 12pm-7.45pm, The Level

Strange and unique durational performance work, existing for a weekend.