THE largest arts festival in England kicked off today with hundreds of events set to take place over the next month.

Brighton Fringe is celebrating the launch of its 2022 festival today, Friday 6, kickstarting a month of entertainment across Brighton and Hove.

Tomorrow there will be a free outdoor showcase at Fringe City in Jubilee Square from 1pm, where there will be live performances, food stalls and bars.

With over 700 shows to choose from over the next month, Fringe goers this year are spoilt for choice with a variety of cabaret, circus and comedy, dance, drama and drag shows. 

Highlights include the return of the Spiegeltent at the Old Steine, hosting a variety of acts from circus, cabaret, burlesque performances as well as the return of Drag Race UK Season 2 contestant and cabaret legend Joe Black. 

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This year, Brighton Fringe sees the return of the Dutch Season, hosted at The Old Market, Hove, featuring international theatre

The festival will also see several performances from the comedy circuit. Fresh from Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week, and The Last Leg, catch Best Newcomer nominee Maisie Adam will be at the Caroline of Brunswick with a Work in Progress of her brand new show Buzzed. 

Brighton Fringe also welcomes Treasure This Place, a site-specific city-wide immersive poetry installation featuring a collective of poets based in and around Brighton and Hove, who have written poems about areas mapped around the city. These poems will be accessible to audiences through QR codes found in each area, creating a trail-like experience around Brighton.

The Ladyboys of Bangkok are back with their glittering Summer of Love show at the Sabai Pavilion in St Peter's Square.

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The programme also features digital events from the comfort of people’s own homes. With more than 30 events to stream live and on demand.

Fringe favourite, The Warren will not be taking place in 2022 as Otherplace Productions works to improve its operations. The company, which has run the pop-up venue for the past decade, will step back this year as it addresses the financial challenges it experienced in 2021 in which artists, staff and suppliers were not paid on time.

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Julian Caddy, chief executive of Brighton Fringe said:  “Brighton Fringe is back.

"Over the past six months, people have worked furiously to get us to where we are today, despite all the challenges we have all faced.

"The result is a uniquely creative, diverse and affordable programme that we can all be proud of, with something for everyone to enjoy- and we can’t wait.”

The festival will be running across the city from May 6 to June 5. To view the full Brighton Fringe programme and book tickets, visit