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Dance, music and poetry for the Brighton Festival

Spring must be in the air because today saw the launch of the Brighton Festival 2017 and its famous fringe. Fifty one years old now, in the past famous names like Laurence Olivier and violinist, Yehudi Menuhin have taken part but it's just as famous for its children's parade and open approach that makes everyone welcome. This report by Tom Savvides includes and interview with the Chief Executive, Andrew Comben.

Common People Festival to return to Southampton

Thousands of people attended the Common People festival in Southampton last May Credit: ITV Meridian

The organisers of Southampton's Common People Festival have confirmed it will return to the city next year.

Held on the Common it will be back for two days on May 28th and 29th.

It's organised by former Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and this year's event saw acts such as Fatboy Slim, Grace Jones and De La Soul perform.


Brighton hosts the UK's biggest digital festival

It's the biggest celebration of digital culture and technology in the country, and it's happening throughout September.

The Brighton Digital Festival is underway, with 200 events in 100 venues. It brings together musicians, engineers and artists. In fact, just about anyway who uses digital technology in their work.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Hugh Jones of Senseries, Simon Riley of Maker Club, Jesse Black Mooney of Brighton Digital Festival, and Mark Vidler and Graham Daniels of Addictive TV.

Kent's Hop Farm Festival reveals line-up

The Hop Farm Music Festival returns for another year in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

The line-up has been revealed for a popular annual music festival based in Kent.

Russell Kane, Nerina Pallott and the Noisettes complete the line-up at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

This follows the earlier announcement that Grace Jones will headline the event on the 4th-6th July.

Hop Farm Music Festival’s Neil Butkeraitis commented: This is our first year in charge of the Hop Farm Music Festival, and, having started with a clean slate, we couldn’t be happier with our inaugural line-up.

"We’ve got three bona-fide legends headlining and fantastic music both familiar and new all weekend, plus killer comedy and brilliant activities right across the farm. So, I think it’s safe to say, for all round entertainment, this year’s festival is breaking new ground for Hop Farm”.


Launch of Henley Literary Festival

Former MP Ann Widdecombe will attend the Henley Literary Festival

The sixth annual Henley Literary Festival gets underway later today. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event to listen to award winning novelists, politicians and journalists in a line up that includes Ann Widdecombe and Dame Stella Rimington. The festival runs until October 6.

Festival closes with highwire delights

The Brighton Festival draws to a close tomorrow after hundreds of performances attended by tens of thousands of visitors.

One of the highlights of this year's event has been the return of the circus - with artists from across the globe performing in all manner of styles.

Andy Dickenson meets some of the producers and performers including David Bates, producer of La Clique, performers Stephen Williams and Ashley Carr, and Camlle Beaumier of No Fit State.

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