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Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe: Everything you need to know

The annual Brighton festival and its hip sibling, the Brighton Fringe, are back. Here’s all you need to know...

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What is it?

The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe back is in its early summer spot, having been shifted to late 2021 and cancelled altogether in 2020. Renowned for showcasing the best the arts has to offer, from modern dance to comedy via music and film, the Brighton Festival has been running in its fully fledged form since 1967. Laurence Olivier, at the time a Brighton resident, even performed. The Fringe runs at the same time and includes the best in alternative arts.

Book tickets or head to the seaside and stroll down to the Spiegeltent in the Old Steine and see what takes your fancy.

When does it run?

The Brighton Festival 2022 runs until 29 May, while the Brighton Fringe keeps the party going for a further week, with its last events on 5 June.

How to buy Brighton Festival tickets

You can choose to buy Brighton festival tickets online, by calling 01273 709709, or by going to the Brighton Dome’s Church St entrance. There are a number of events available with tickets at £10 or under.

How to buy Brighton Fringe tickets

You can book Brighton Fringe tickets online, at the Spiegeltent box office in the Old Steine (get a pint while you’re there) or via the Brighton Fringe app.

What’s on at the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe?

There are hundreds of events to choose from and if you head down to Brighton for the weekend, you can easily stumble on something that’ll pique your interest. If you’re tight on time, however, these are our picks.

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Brighton festival guide

The Archive Of Favourite Places

People from across Brighton and Hove were asked to name their favourite places, considering where they felt most able to be themselves or find peace. This city wide photography exhibition lets visitors see another side of a place many tourists think they know well. Maps are available online.

Wuthering Heights, Theatre Royal

This adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel by theatre maker Emma Rice is a spectacular imagining of one of 19th century literature’s most iconic works.


Witness Stand

Writers and sound artists from around Brighton and Hove were commissioned to create dedicated stands in five locations where people may not usually choose to linger, including the much maligned area close to Brighton Marina, currently being regenerated. Gather with the artists and consider what’s on view and the stories we tell about the past, future and present.

Antarctica: This Magical Place

A one man production telling the story of the majesty of the faraway continent through the voice of early 20th century explorer Captain Scott, taking in his tragic demise and subsequent legacy.


Enter Gallery Art Yard Sale

On 5 June, this event takes over Jubilee Square, with the chance to snap up bargain art direct from artists themselves. Enter is one of Brighton’s best spaces for art, so this is a great chance to take home a piece of the Fringe with you.

When Judas Met John

The hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe show comes to Brighton. Exploring the relationship between Bob Dylan and John Lennon and the two icons' influence on each other, as well as the animosity between them, this show is great for music fanatics.

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