Art, Art, and more Art in May!



Brighton Festival – the biggest and boldest arts festival in the UK, Brighton Festival is a creative cornucopia of world-class art and entertainment.

Brighton Fringe – England’s largest arts festival and one of the biggest Fringe festivals in the world. Brighton Fringe is the city’s answer to Edinburgh and offers the perfect complement of cabaret, comedy, classical concerts, club nights, theatre, exhibitions and more from its vast programme.

Artists Open Houses – taking place every May Brighton Artists Open Houses is the biggest free arts event in Britain, offering a fantastic opportunity to see artwork displayed in a domestic setting, as well as buy affordable work direct from local artists.

HOUSE – the sister festival to Artists Open Houses is a contemporary and visual arts event exploring the theme of art and the domestic space.

Charleston Festival – home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Festival conjures up an impressive array of literary and artistic heavyweights for a rousing mix of talks, discussions, films and workshops.

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AOH May 2014 Christmas Festival


Registration for the Artists Open Houses Christmas festival will open online at the beginning of September. Check here for more info then.


The festival runs weekends from 29th November – 14th December

What is Artists Open Houses?

Twice a year artists and makers open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses festival aims to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses festival is free for visitors and open to everyone.


The twice yearly festival runs during the Brighton Festival in May and in the run up to Christmas in December.

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Come and join as at the Fringe in 2013!



Brighton Fringe 2013: 4 May – 2 June 2013

Brighton & Hove has held fringe activity since Brighton Festivals’ creation in 1967. Over the years this has grown significantly and been presented in a number of different ways: ‘Fringe’, ‘Umbrella’, ‘The Open’ and was renamed ‘Brighton Festival Fringe’ in 2002.

Brighton Festival is a series of curated and programmed events; Brighton Fringe, however, provides open access to anyone who registers to take part.

Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in England and what makes it exceptional is that it is set in a city with a unique heritage that has set the pace, diversity, creativity and innovative thinking in the city and beyond. It sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms.

It is also a completely open access festival, which means anyone can put on an event and be included in the brochure and website listings on payment of a fee. By definition, Brighton Fringe can include any art form.No artistic judgment or selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling the development of both new and established work to attract fresh audiences, press and promoters.

Brighton Fringe is an organisation that supports artists, producers and audiences. The Brighton Fringe office provides a platform and a range of marketing tools to promote participating events as well as a one-stop ticketing facility through an in-person, telephone and on-line box office.


Brighton Fringe 2012 in numbers

  • 3 weeks
  • 675 events
  • 193 venues
  • 155 free events
  • 3475 performances
  • Thousands of participants
  • 1 million visitors in Brighton in May


Take part in Brighton Fringe 2013

Registration forms for Brighton Fringe 2013 will be available online from the end of October 2012.

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Brighton Festival 2011 est arrivee!

brighton-festival-2011Until the 29 May, Brighton and Hove is full to the brim with an explosion of events across the city.

This year's programme of events is in celebration of Guest Director – Aung San Suu Kyi and her passionate plea for peace in Burma… see this post here for more on this great human rights campaigner.

Aung San Suu Kyi – the courageous leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner – has fought passionately for democracy in Burma and taken to the heart of this year’s Festival is her plea ‘use your liberty to promote ours’.

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Aung San Suu Kyi the sponsor of Brighton Festival 2011

Aung San Suu Ky…The high fence is back, separating her house from the lake it stands beside – but this time it has been erected by her own people to protect her, not to lock her in. How free is Aung San Suu Kyi, five months after her 15 years of house arrest ended? Not very; or free as a bird, depending on how you ask the question….Read the full interview in the Argus when Andrew Comben, the chief executive of Brighton Festival and Dome, and Polly Toynbee, the chair of Brighton Festival, travelled to Burma to meet Ms Suu Kyi and to speak to her about the important messages of the 2011 event.

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Artists Open Houses (AOH) May Festival 2011

AOH 2011The AOH May Festival takes place over four weekends of May and celebrates the 30th Year of the Artists Open Houses.

2011 is the biggest festival yet with over 250 venues taking part across the Brighton area:

  •        – May 7th & 8th
  •        – May 14th & 15th
  •        – May 21st & 22nd
  •        – May 28th & 29th

All the Trails, Venues and Artists are available to view here:

Brochures will be available at: The Dome box office, Brighton and Hove libraries and stations, and at all Artists Open Houses, as well as other brochure pick-up points around the town. Look out for the AOH leaflet containing detailed venue map – available citywide from mid April.

And click here to get the latest version of the AOH iPhone app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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The Great Escape

Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape is now known internationally as a great event for showcasing new music. Taking place in Brighton 12th to 14th May The Great Escape kick starts the Brighton Festival season, introducing 15,000 music lovers to the key artists and sounds of the year.

With over 300 bands playing in 30 venues over 3 days, The Great Escape is a key date in the music calendar. In addition to pre-publicised performances, impromptu street gigs spring up all over town. The Alternative Escape, numerous club nights, label parties, industry showcases, unique collaborations and outdoor gigs all add to the festivities.

Click here for TGE web site…

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The party’s over :-0

Brighton Festival is now over for another year.  Thank you to everyone who dropped by the Open Studio to view my and the other artists work…I hope you’ve found events to enjoy and remember and I look forward to welcoming you to next year’s Festival – Saturday 7 – Sunday 29 May 2011

…”I’ve been an artist for my whole working life. In that time I’ve watched the ebb and flow of my ‘own’ ideas, and those of the culture around me, watched things develop from iconoclasm to cliche and back again, and seen ideas that were dismissed as ephemeral and inconsequential stay the course and outlast many that were at the time seen as important and substantial…” Brian Eno

Read Brian’s intro here…

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Brighton Festival 2010 – welcomes Brian Eno!

Festival dates Sat 1– Sun 23 May Call 01273 709709 or visit the ticket office at 29 New Road, Brighton Guest Artistic Director – Brian Eno Artist, cultural thinker and producer Brian Eno will be making his mark on Brighton Festival as the Festival's Guest Artistic Director for 2010. 'I wouldn’t have wanted to curate a Festival in any other city' Brian Eno on being invited to be Guest Artistic Director for Brighton Festival 'Brian Eno is the guest artistic director of an event that gets more ambitious by the year' Sunday Times

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Artists Open Houses (AOH) – buy work directly from the artist !

Test3There are now two Open House festivals during the year, Summer (May) and Christmas (November/December).

The main Open Houses Festival takes place over the first four weekends in May, during the Brighton Festival.

More than 1,000 artists exhibit their work at over 200 venues, spread across the city of Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area. This is the biggest event of its kind in the country and has been running since Ned Hoskins first opened his house to the public in 1982.


In 2010, the festival dates will be May 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd.

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