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What's on Brighton Festival 2018

by Travelbag on 15 May 2018, 12:05PM

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Brighton events to look out for this year are the Brighton Pride, Brighton Fringe and Paddle Round the Pier. But that’s for later when summer is in full swing. First is the Brighton Festival 2018 with music, theatre, comedy and dance performances led by guest director and visual artist David Shrigley.

Travelbag’s Brighton shop on 65 Western Road, has been helping the larger Brighton community get out and see the world. What the Brighton Festival does is bring the world to Brighton by bringing cultures from around the world to the south coast of England.

This year, things kicked off with the Children’s Parade in the start of May (as they always do) and with the weather set to stay dry and plenty more lined up; it’s only going to get better.

So what’s on in Brighton this weekend? Read on to find out our top picks of what’s happening.




Travelbag is excited to be sponsoring Indonesian music duo Senyawa, an experimental band from Java and Australian dancers Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek and Dancenorth. Senyawa perform on self built instruments made form bamboo and traditional agricultural tools from rural Indonesia. Indonesian folk influences and contemporary guitar techniques blend the old world with the new in their singular style. The dance interpretation builds momentum with the musical crescendo, building energy into wilder and wilder expression of movement. Afterwards, take a look at Travelbag’s Bali holiday packages and go and see Indonesian way of life for yourself.

Where: Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Cost: from £10
When: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May


Kronos Quartet with Sam Green and Trio da Kali

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The Kronos quartet has been making music for 40 years and their two fold Brighton performance is sure to be one of the best acts to see this May in Brighton. A Thousand Thoughts with Oscar nominated Sam Green explores how music can inspire change in our communities and the wider world. Interviews with Philip Glass and Terry Riley are accompanied by live performances from the quartet.

The second part will welcome Trio da Kali to the stage, following on from their 2017 collaboration on Ladilikan album with the Kronos four.

Where: Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Cost: from £20 (standby tickets £10)
When: Sunday 20th May


Brett Goodroad

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Breet Goodroad is an artist who grew up in a farming family in Montana, USA. He now lives and works in San Francisco where he received his MFA. Much of his work is focused on nature and he draws on his farming day experiences from across America (from delivering organic vegetables to rounding up buffalo). Keen to see more of San Francisco, California and its burgeoning art scene? Pop into our store on Western Road and talk to one of our advisors about a holiday in San Francisco.

Where: Phoenix Gallery
Cost: Free
When: Saturday 5th May – Sunday 27th May, 11am – 5pm (closed Monday and Tuesday)




In the wake of Planet Earth II is this award-winning imitation of the animal kingdom brought to you be graduates of the Swedish Dance and Circus Høgskolan (DOCH). Witness the human body contort into spiders, tree frogs, lemurs and birds of paradise as they act out various behaviours to a soundtrack of live guitar.

Where: Theatre Royal Brighton
Cost: from £10 (standby tickets £10)

When: Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th May


Chopin’s Piano

chopin's piano

Frédéric Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist (1810 – 1849). Brighton Festival’s Chopin’s Piano is the tale of his piano in Majorca and its fascinating journey through the early 1900’s and on into World War II. The tale is half told by Cédric Tiberghien on piano and half narrated by Paul Kildea.

Where: Royal Pavilion, Music Room
Cost: £35 (standby tickets £10)
When: Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th May, 8pm

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