The Brighton Festival is an annual arts festival which takes place in the city of Brighton and Hove in England each May. It was founded in 1965 as part of the Federation of Brighton Student's Arts-Rag Week , and was, until its demerger with Brighton Festival Fringe in 2006, the largest multi-art form festival in England. The 2006 festival organised over 200 events during 23 days which were attended by over 500,000 people.
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.
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.
The Festival regularly commissions new work from companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre; 2006's Festival included the world premiere of new work by Stomp's Brighton-based creators, Yes/No Productions. It also encourages cross-fertilisation between different art forms, such as 2006's "Stories In Motion", a multimedia collaboration between Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh and Orbital's Phil Hartnoll; also 2006's "Warp Moves", a collaboration between artists from Warp Records and dancers from Random Dance.
Guest directors 
Since 2009, the festival has featured guest artistic directors: in that year, Anish Kapoor fulfilled the role, followed in 2010 by Brian Eno, in 2011 by Aung San Suu Kyi, in 2012 by Vanessa Redgrave and in 2013 Michael Rosen.
See also 
- Brighton Festival Fringe (England's largest arts festival)
- Edinburgh Fringe (the UK's largest arts festival)
- Norfolk and Norwich Festival (The UK's oldest arts festival)
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- Brighton Festival – Brighton Festival official website
- Brighton Festival Chorus – website for separate element of the Brighton Festival