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Brighton Fringe 2017

Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. We set out to stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms. And all this in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage.

Brighton Fringe takes place every May (5 May – 4 June 2017) and is a great place to spend the May bank holidays and the summer half-term break. This vast celebration of all things creative has grown out of, and is inspired by, home-grown talent. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton & Hove. We are committed to helping the arts flourish and are completely open-access, which means anyone can put on a Brighton Fringe event. No selection criteria are imposed on participants. This enables both new and established performers to try out new work and take risks. We also help artists develop professionally through a range of workshops, mentoring and bursary programmes. A wide array of critically acclaimed shows and performers also appear at Brighton Fringe each year, drawn by the huge number of appreciative audience members who attend every year.

This year’s programme includes over 970 events at 155 venues across 4 weeks! We've got shows and events across a dizzying array of art forms, including the first ever Dutch Season (18 May - 4 June), and the return of late-night Fringe City (2 June). More than 200 events are free, and we've got a Family Guide bursting with 126 events and activities for you to enjoy.

The Brighton Fringe team works all year round to nurture arts in the city and beyond. We connect local, national and international artists and organisations to promote their work, to develop professionally and to meet other artists, promoters, venues and businesses. We also work closely with festivals worldwide and international networks such as the World Festival Network and World Fringe Alliance to further support performers to tour, fundraise and develop. 

To find out more about Brighton Fringe take a look at our Annual Review

Brighton Fringe’s vision

Our vision is to be an internationally acclaimed open-access arts festival and year-round professional resource, that stimulates, educates and develops audiences and artistic communities.

We will achieve our vision by bringing people together and acting as a catalyst for creativity.

We believe in equality and respect for all. 

We are transparent, honest and trustworthy. 

We are friendly and professional. 

We are open and responsive.

We enjoy what we do.


NB: Art In Brighton top tip - Visit places like The Warren by St Peter's Church and the Spiegeltent on the Old Steine as a starting point. So much to see and do!

Earlier Event: March 20
SICK! Festival
Later Event: April 29
The Magic Number Festival