A HUGE arts festival is kicking off its first full week.

Returning to full capacity for the first time since the pandemic, Brighton Festival will run from May 7 to 29.

The festival is set to present 150 events, exhibitions, venues and shows over the next month. Here is a list of some of the events on today:

Worktable by Kate McIntosh at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, in Gardner Center Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA

Worktable is a live installation of multiple rooms which are constantly shifting and changing. Instructions are provided to visitors - along with equipment, safety goggles, and materials. 

The installation is open 11am - 8pm, most visitors will spend 60 min+, but are welcome to stay longer.

Tickets cost £10.

Tickets for Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th can be booked here https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/event-details?eventId=4206 .

Tickets for Wednesday 11 until Sunday 15 are still available on the Brighton Festival website, brightonfestival.org.

Summer Commission: Jade Montserrat at Brighton CCA in 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

The commission, focusing on Montserrat’s articulation of black histories; bodies and narratives, will consist of six new works spanning the 45 metre façade of the galleries in the centre of Brighton. 

This will be the artist’s first major public art commission in the UK.

It will be running from Friday, Apr 15 to Wed, June 1.

The Archive of Favourite Places, across the city

People from communities across Brighton were asked questions and local studio Stephenson& has woven twelve tales into a city-wide immersive photography and sound exhibition.

Check the website from May for the map showing the city-wide locations and to download the accompanying app. 

It will be running from Saturday 7 to Sunday, May 29

Witness Stand - Adur Estuary at Shoreham by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey also at Brighton West Pier, East Brighton, Brighton Marina The Chattri

Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey have commissioned a community of writers and sound artists with a connection to Brighton to design sound works that respond to five specific sites that reverberate with ancient, recent, and future stories of the city. 

The Adur Estuary at Shoreham, the Chattri, the West Pier, East Brighton, and Brighton Marina will all be linked in a physical and aural network.

  • The Adur Estuary Dates and Times:

Saturday 7 and 14, and Friday 20 and 27 of May at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm.

  • Witness Stand runs Saturday 7 to Sunday, May 29 at various times.

The £16 ticket includes one performance at each location:

- The Adur Estuary at Shoreham-by-Sea

- Brighton West Pier

- East Brighton

- Brighton Marina

- The Chattri (Free but ticketed)

A Collage of Care at Brighton Dome in Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE

Festival guest co-director Marwa Al-Sabouni invites the public to participate in a large-scale plant exchange by bringing a plant to the Brighton Dome.

From Saturday 7 - Sunday, May 29.

Yolk and Aliens by Jane Horrocks available online

Combining a collection of archive material from VHS home footage to diary recordings Jane Horrocks, Molly Vivian, Francesca Levi and Camilla Clarke have created a memory shop full of treasures and horrors.

Watch Yolk & Aliens online from May 7 to 29.

Unchain Me by dreamthinkspeak across Brighton

Unchain Me will weave its way through the streets and buildings of central Brighton, permeating well-known public spaces and into previously hidden corridors and tunnels.

Using headphones and a mobile device, a specially-designed app will allow audiences to navigate their way through the production and interact with each other and live performers.

Tuesday, May 3 and Sunday, June 12. 

Tickets cost £30.

There are ten different meetings points where you start the performance. 

Alberta Whittle - Hope & Glory: Encountering Welcome at  Phoenix Art Space in 10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton BN2 9NB

Urbanflo Creative and Phoenix Art Space proudly present the inaugural Brighton exhibition featuring the stunning, provocative art of multi-award-winning international artist, curator and researcher Alberta Whittle.

Running from April 30 to May 29.

Brighton & East Sussex Youth Orchestra with Jeneba Kanneh-Mason and Peter Davison at Brighton Dome Concert Hall in Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE

This year’s festival themes of rebuilding, rejuvenation and renewal come together in this concert with some wonderful young musical talent.

Monday, May 9 from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5, £10, £15

Under 26's £7.50

Festival Standby £10