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Brighton Festival 2011

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The Brighton Festival is one of the most important cultural festivals happening in UK, this year being the 45th year. The festival includes organised processions such as the Children's Parade, outdoor spectaculars often involving pyrotechnics, and a great deal of theatre, music, literature and visual arts in venues throughout the city, some of which are brought into this use exclusively for the festival.

Throughout the three weeks of entertainment the festival aims to bring great art to Brighton, and to harness the creative energy of the city to make great new art of its own. Other events include a full program of Visual Arts & Film, Books and Debate, Classical Music, Dance & Circus, Kids, Lunchtime Concerts, Outdoor Events and Theatre. One feature of the festival is the Artists Open House concept, whereby artists and craftspeople literally open up their houses for the public to view or buy their work.

This years special Guest Director is Aung San Suu Kyi - the courageous leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner who is also passionate about bringing peace in Burma.

The music acts confirmed are John Cale, DJ Shadow, Sufjan Stevens, Asian Dub Foundation, Max Richter, Max Romeo and Adrian Sherwood,Laurie Anderson-Delusion,Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Fanfare Ciocarlia vs Boban Marcovic, Marko Marcovic Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke, Adrian Utley (Portishead) & Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), some of them being co-produced with Great Escape Festival.

For film fanatics, the Visual Arts & Film acts bring some very interesting installations and screenings. Nic Sandiland is bringing an installation which consists of filming passengers, and then playing the recording in slow motion - accompanied by a track made to push our emotional buttons and rewire our aesthetic response to the onscreen action. Films like Fleurs Du Mal, , When China Met Africa, Civic Life and others will prove that underground cinema is stronger than thought. For the full listing of the installations and screening see here .

If you like theatre then you should book your tickets fast as some good plays are already fully booked. The New World Order, The Three (dis)Graces - My Stories, Your E-Mails, 5 X 5 (Loud and Clear) and The Art of Laughter - Jos Houben seem to be the public favourites.

The price varies depending on the event, but many other things are still available to be visited for free.

For the full list of entertainment and more information, check the Brighton Festival website.
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Why? Best Cultural Festival
When: 7th - 29th of May, 2011
Where: Brighton
Cost: Some events are free while others are ticketed
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