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Brighton Festival 2024 looks set to be an amazing cultural spectacle for Sussex

The Brighton Festival will be taking place between Saturday 4 May and Sunday 26 May 2024. It has an incredible line-up of shows and events and is set to be a very special festival of the creative and cultural arts.

Project Female dance

On 11 May, the highly skilled all-female and non-binary dance group Project Female will present a triple bill of performances that fuse contemporary dance with hip-hop and commercial styles in Triptych, a collaboration with acclaimed hip-hop dance theatre company Boy Blue’s Young Artists. Movement is integrated with spoken word and innovative digital technology to tell stories that reflect the experiences of young women and girls, challenging perceptions of youth dance and celebrating a new generation of dance artists.

Maria Carnesky

From 25-26 May, acclaimed performance-maker Marisa Carnesky will turn a Brighton street into a circus with nine stages and a cast of 33 aerialists, wrestlers, variety dancers, contemporary clowns and contortionists. Created especially for Brighton Festival, Carnesky’s Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular celebrates the forgotten women of the variety show’s unique history, inspired by Carnesky’s own research at the National Fairground and Circus Archive. Performers include Netflix star Tallulah Haddon, World Record holding hula hoop artist Symoné and Bollywood dancer Kaajel.

High-Performance Packing Tape

In High-Performance Packing Tape (17-18 May), everyday materials are pushed to breaking point by celebrated Australian circus company Branch Nebula. A brave solo performer faces a series of mind-bending predicaments, such as climbing towers that will inevitably collapse and dangling in the air from materials doomed to stretch and snap, in an edge-of-the-seat performance where danger feels always imminent. The show takes place in Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange, which returns alongside the Studio Theatre as a host venue for this year’s Festival following a major refurbishment project, allowing for an expanded international programme.


On 23-25 May contemporary circus, choreography and physical theatre combine in Materia  a duet between Italian performance artist Andrea Salustri and polystyrene objects. The role of the performer shifts, as Salustri manipulates polystyrene shapes to the point that the material seems to come to life. This beguiling piece has developed beyond the stage, as artworks are made from the waste collected at the end of every performance and then composted for total sustainability.

Click here for the full listing of amazing events at this year’s Brighton Festival

To book tickets now, click here.

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