The Brighton Festival – an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate and family events – arrives on 3rd May. And how swish is the programme looking? I’m a sucker for good design and this one hit me for six. At first glance, the cover image appears to be a sheep, but on closer inspection is made up of bodies, digitally constructed to achieve the illusion. Chris Kasch’s funky cover could not be more fitting – Brighton is a black sheep when it comes to fresh and innovative events, and don’t we know it! Here’s a little taste of what to expect this year…

Design by Chris Kasch

What could be more refreshing than an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing? This quirky comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most irresistible and captivating plays, performed in a unique open-top stage in St. Nicholas’ Rest Garden.

For the family, A Story of Children and Film is the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema, with extracts from 53 great films from 25 countries.

For the business minded, The Building of England is the ideal talk for you. From awe-inspiring Norman castles to semi-detached suburbia, the chief executive of English Heritage will explore how the architecture of this small island has influenced the world. See how London transformed from its humble roots to the financial hub it is today. How well do you know our capital? You might be surprised…

Slide from 'The Building of England'

With the festival in swing, May is the ideal time to hold an event or conference in Brighton – and with the Pretty Clever office just a stone’s throw away, why not let us organise it?

Tickets for everything listed above are on sale now. You can also keep up to date on Twitter: @brightfest