8 Brighton Festival Shows We're Excited About

Ne So (Mai) by Rokia Traore - Saturday 4th May, Brighton Dome

The Malian musician and artist Rokia is not only the guest director for this year’s festival, but she’s also putting on a few shows herself! Né So is the word for ‘home’ in Bamabra and her show deals with many aspects of what it means to be an African woman, artist and mother. We highly recommend you check out the FB event for more details! (She’s also playing on 18th May!)

Wet Sounds by Newtoy - Saturday 4th May, Prince Regent Swimming Pool

If you’ve ever thought about attending a party that takes place IN a swimming pool, this is definitely THE event for you! Wet Sounds is a weirdly amazing surround sound experience taking place at Prince Regent Swimming Pool! You’ll be swimming around creating sounds and the physics of water will create unique sounds!

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Some Small Isle - Sunday 5th May, Brighton and Hove High School

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Zena Edwards, Sharmaine Lovegrove & Roger Robinson discuss and present how they react to and deal with injustice as black people in the UK: This postcolonial approach to black history is definitely worth checking out, click on the title for more information!

Shapeshifters, a conversation with Zawe Ashton and Candice Carty-Williams - Sunday 12th May, Brighton and Hove High School

Author Candice Carty-Williams and actress Zawe Ashton discuss their lives, works and experiences as writers and former child actress like Zawe Ashton. Candice Carty-Williams’ protagonist in her debut novel ‘Queenie’ is a shapeshifter and they discuss how both of them fit into that description in terms of their jobs.

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Meet the valentines with Holly Smale - Sunday 12th May, Brighton and Hove High School

Come and meet Holly Smale, the author of Geek Girls who will be talking about her new series Valentines and present the 3 protagonists Hope, Faith and Mercy - They come from money, have success and beauty, but that might not be enough… Check out the link for more details!

Museum of the moon - 17th May - 20th May, Queens Park

Luke Jerram’s touring artwork Museum of the Moon is coming to Brighton Festival with its model of the moon that is 7m in diameter! The lunar image will be accompanied by sounds by Dan Jones and this might be the perfect idea for either a date beneath the moon or some drinks with friends, we love this concept and can’t wait to see it.

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Ruby Wax - 19th May, Theatre Royal

Writer, mental health activist and comedian Ruby Wax is discussing to to be human in a digital age. She will be joined by neuroscientist Ash Ranpura and monk Gelong Thubten and all of them share their different perspectives on how to understand the mind and stay real in a tech revolution.

Still I Rise - 22nd May, Theatre Royal (also 23rd May, Connaught Theatre, Worthing)

TRIBE//’s performance at Brighton Festival is an interpretation of Maya Angelou’s poem and features a vivid choreography by Victoria Fox, classical arias to modern beats and an all-female cast that knows how to push forward. Check out the link for more details and definitely don’t miss out on this performance!

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Written by Michelle Pantke, IG: @badwolf95