Posted on February 18, 2020
Guest director Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet and playwright, has launched Brighton Festival 2020, which runs from May 2 to 24. The festival is the largest annual, curated multi-arts event of its kind in England and will feature over 120 events taking place in 27 venues and locations across the region with 17 premieres, exclusives, commissions and co-productions and many festival debuts from international artists.
Sissay’s personal passions feature throughout the 2020 programme, connected by a love of words and language across theatre, song, spoken word, art and poetry. His support for new and established Ethiopian artists features prominently with appearances by Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, contemporary pianist/composer Samuel Yirga and writers Maaza Mengiste and Aida Edemariam.
Dance highlights include Hofesh Shechter Company in Double Murder: Clowns / New Creation, marking the world premiere of the much-anticipated new work from the choreographer, while in The Forecast dance artist Amy Bell unwraps conversations around queerness and slippages of meaning across language and movement.
Sissay says: “The most damaging mirror trick in society is to convince people they have no imagination and that they are not creative. It’s just not true. There’s going to be something for you in this festival. Broaden your horizons, be open and maybe try something different. Welcome to the Imagine Nation, welcome to the whole world in one celebration here at Brighton Festival 2020.”
For more information and to book, go to brightonfestival.org.
Pictured: Hofesh Shechter Company in Double Murder. Photograph: Hofesh Shechter Company/Illuminations