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Anderson stars as Brighton Festival launches line-up for its 50th year

The wait is almost over. Tickets for Brighton's 50th festival will shortly go on sale with the full line-up revealed this morning.

As well as daring and one-of-a-kind commissions the month-long festival will also include international names from the worlds of theatre, music, arts and dance. So who will we be watching in May?

Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from guest director Laurie Anderson, chief executive Andrew Comben, Toby Park & Tim Crouch of The Complete Deaths, and Ajay Chhabra, artistic director of Dr Blighty.

Laurie Anderson to be guest director of Brighton Festival

Laurie Anderson Credit: Tom Oldham

Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson has been announced as guest director of the 50th Brighton Festival in May.

Renowned for her inventive use of technology, Anderson is one of America's most daring creative pioneers. In roles as varied as artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist, she has been experimenting, creating and challenging audiences all over the world for almost as long as Brighton Festival has existed.

Anderson takes the helm as Brighton Festival marks its 50th year of commissioning and producing innovative arts and culture by exploring the theme of ‘home and place' across its 2016 programme.

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Theatre lover's legacy is a stage fit for star-crossed lovers

Tonight marks the opening performance of Brighton's new Open Air Theatre as star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet take to its grass stage.

The amphitheatre carved out of a former bowling green was the brainchild of local playwright Adrian Bunting. But as Andy Dickenson reports, he didn't live to see his dream, and it was left to his friends and supporters to continue his vision.

Andy speaks to B.O.A.T Trustee James Payne and actors Tom Kanji and Hanna McPake of the Globe Theatre on Tour.

Brighton Festival to get underway

With just hours to go, Brighton and Hove is preparing for the launch of its annual Festival.

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of what is now the largest arts celebration in England.

Following on from tomorrow's children's parade, the city will host 150 different events over the next three weeks - including more than 40 premieres.

ITV Meridian spoke to Andrew Comben from the festival.

Artists open their doors to the public

Two hundred artists have thrown open their doors to the public for the Brighton Festival this weekend - transforming their homes into galleries.

The Artists Open Houses project is thought to be largest event of its kind in the world - but its not just kitchens, hallways and front rooms being transformed.

Award winning artist Yinka Shonibare's exhibit 'The British Library' is featured at the Pavilion Museum's Reference Library in Brighton, which has had its run extended until June 22. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Take a tour around Brighton's 'open houses'

Throughout the Brighton Festival two hundred artists have thrown open their doors to the public - transforming their homes into galleries.

The Artists Open Houses project is thought to be largest event of its kind in the world - but its not just kitchens, hallways and front rooms being transformed.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to artists Yinka Shonibare, Vicky House and Open Houses and HOUSE 2014 festival director Judy Stevens.

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