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The festival where art illuminates every day life

'Every day epic' is this year's theme at one of the most creative festivals in the South - the Brighton Festival.

31-year-old rapper, poet and author Kate Tempest is guest directing this year's event. She said she's excited for everything that's been planned but admits she's never done anything like it before.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson spoke to Kate about taking on such a challenge.

Motorhome cinema, tape room and woolly fish star in Open Houses art festival

Throughout the month, art lovers - and snoopers alike - have been taking the chance to visit peoples' homes transformed into galleries.

But it's not just two-up-two-downs starring in Brighton's biggest ever Open Houses art trail.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Tasha McDonnell of the Dreamliner Arts Club, Judy Stevens of Artists Open Houses and Kate Jenkins from Kate's Pantry.


'The whole town gets involved' Laurie Anderson tells us about running the Brighton Festival

The Brighton Festival is about to enter its third and final week with a host of performances and events, including the Great Escape music weekend, still to come.

For guest director, US pop star Laurie Anderson, its been a chance to curate a festival she's not only performed in but visited during its now 50 year history.

So how has she enjoyed running the show? Andy Dickenson went to meet her, as well as Rachel Champion and Tristan Shorr, producers of The Last Resort.

The 50th Brighton Festival begins with Children's Parade

Children in costumes have been marching in the parade
A little music from some of the marchers

The 50th Brighton Festival has begun with a large parade through the city's streets. The Children's Parade has seen young people dressed in costumes and with instruments making their mark on a special event.

More than 5,000 children from 80 schools and community organisations have been taking part in the march.

The parade includes performers, floats and costumes
The parade has drawn crowds of spectators

What to watch - the curtain rises on the 50th Brighton Festival

Tomorrow morning the curtain rises on the 50th Brighton Festival.

Over the next three weeks more than a thousand shows, exhibits and performances will delight, inspire and possibly bemuse audiences from across the world - at both the Festival and Fringe.

The pair have become so big now they rival Edinburgh as one of the largest arts extravaganzas in the UK. Andy Dickenson's been finding out more.

He speaks to Mark Rees, director of Digging for Shakespeare, Andrew Comben from Brighton Festival, Laurie Anderson, guest director of Brighton Festival, Julian Caddy from Brighton Fringe and Charles Linehan.


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.

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.

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