Hofesh Shechter named as guest director for Brighton Festival 2014

Brighton Festival, the largest mixed arts festival in England, launched its programme this week, with choreographer and dancer Hofesh Shechter taking the helm as guest director.

Hofesh Shechter, the guest director for Brighton Festival 2014
Hofesh Shechter, the guest director for Brighton Festival 2014

The three-week, annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events will take place in venues across the city and beyond from 3 to 25 May.

This year’s Brighton Festival holds in store 448 performances and 147 events in 34 venues across the city. In total there will be 37 premieres, exclusives and co-commissions and 26 free events.

Brighton Festival 2014 kicks off with the Children’s Parade - the largest event of its kind in Europe - produced by Same Sky. Events for family include a UK premiere of Tanzfuchs Produktion’s dance extravaganza Munch!, and the UK premiere of Zoo, Belgian choreographer Thomas Hauert’s first piece for young people which is accompanied by a prepared piano soundtrack by John Cage. 

This year's festival also heralds the return of international theatre companies Berlin and Vanishing Point to Brighton, with an eclectic mix of names across contemporary music from Peaches to Emmylou Harris also performing. 

Schechter said: "Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival have been an inspiring, energising and encouraging place for my company and me in the last five years. The pulsating artistic heart of Brighton Dome is the annual Brighton Festival.

"It's been a privilege to have been part of the planning for this inspiring event and I feel a rush of excitement about sharing our programme with audiences in Brighton and beyond."

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, added: "With such an eclectic artist at the helm, Brighton Festival 2014 is set to be a very exciting one indeed and I am delighted to be welcoming so many brilliant artists to our city this spring."

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