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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.

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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Brighton Festival preview - full story

With the economy in the doldrums, booking tickets for a play or concert might not be top of everyone's shopping list. So where does that leave the region's festivals?

Well, organisers of the Brighton one say they're working hard to ensure that many of the events are affordable, or even free. And today, they gave a flavour of what's in store when the Festival starts in May.

Malcolm Shaw reports and speaks to Andrew Comben, chief executive, and guest director Michael Rosen.

Sinead O'Connor and King Lear among festival highlights

Sinead O'Connor Credit: PA

Singer Sinead O'Connor and We Need To Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver are among the big names announced for this year's Brighton Festival.

Performances of Beowolf, Faust, The Kite Runner and King Lear, as well as appearances by dance music heroes Fatboy Slim and Beardyman, are also among the highlights.

Guest director Michael Rosen, who will also be appearing, said: "It is a massive privilege for me to be a guest director of Brighton Festival. I believe in the chemistry of it, the way it will get the whole city talking and wondering."

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