our brighton festival top picks

It’s here! The month we’ve been waiting for as we see the city turn into festival heaven. The Children’s Parade kicked things off nicely on Saturday thanks to the legendary Same Sky, who are celebrating 30 years of greatness! If you haven’t got your hands on any tickets for Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe or The Great Escape then listen up, because we’re going to be plying you with our recommendations to make sure you get out there and enjoy some of the quirky goodness happening in the city. We first told you about the line up for Brighton Festival back in February when tickets went on sale, so after the first weekend of fun we’ve taken stock of some of the shows that still have tickets and these are our Brighton Festival top picks…

Ko Saba and Ariwo 
(also feature image)
Curated by award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré, this year’s Brighton Festival is set to see an eclectic mix of shows, including some incredible talent she’s bringing with her from Mali. Ko Saba is a six-strong collective from Mali’s capital of Bamako, mixing the city’s vibrant energy with rural West African heritage to showcase traditional string and percussion sounds and get Brighton dancing. Joined by artist Ariwo, we’re guaranteed an animated event with extra special guests including London Cuban music scene leader, Oreste Noda, and acclaimed UK saxophonist Camilla George. We’re super excited to see the collaboration!
Wednesday, 22nd May, 8.00pm; Tickets £15
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market Street, Brighton BN3 1AS

True Copy BERLIN
True Copy is an interesting one, as it uses a mix of styles that plunge the audience deep in the life of master art forger Geert Jan Jansen. To give you a little gist of it, Geert managed to forge more than 1,600 pieces of work by artists including Picasso Dali, Matisse and Hockney. When police tracked him down, they put an end to him his 20-year career of fooling people in the art world. True Copy is based on his incredible story, looking deep into his deceit of the art world. It exposes the hypocrisy of that very world and throws a question out there about Geert’s work: When does the truth matter when fakery is just as accomplishes as the real thing? We can’t wait to delve into the story!
Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th May, 8.00pm; Tickets £15 (Performed in Dutch with English subtitles)
Attenborough Arts Centre, Gardner Center Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA

A child of our time
Brighton Festival is always a good opportunity to explore different genres, so we’d highly recommend kicking back and soaking up the sounds of this one-off concert with Philharmonia Orchestra combining Beethoven and Tippett, taking centre stage at Brighton Dome at the end of the month. Joined by the Brighton Festival Chorus and a host of incredible soloists, we’re prepared for an emotional rollercoaster of an ending to this year’s festival programme. Inspired by the 1938 assassination of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee and the Nazi government’s violent reaction against its Jewish population, be prepared for a poignant production. Mezzo Ronnita Miller (pictured)  will be performing on the night.
Sunday 26th May, 7.30pm; tickets from £12.50 + bf
Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE


Photo credits: Koen Broos (True Copy)