Brighton Festival announces poet and writer Michael Rosen as Guest Director for 2013

Brighton Festival is delighted to announce that the 2013 Guest Director of Brighton Festival is the celebrated poet, writer, broadcaster and previous Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

Report by Elizabeth Hughes.

Brighton Festival – three weeks of unrivalled arts celebration across the city of Brighton and Hove – will take place from 4 – 26 May 2013. Full programme details will be announced on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Festival said, “We are delighted to welcome Michael Rosen on board as Guest Director for 2013.

“For the past five years we have invited a Guest Director to bring their knowledge and experience of the arts to this Festival, which has helped us to nurture and grow an extraordinary range of art and ideas appealing to our local, regional, national and international audiences.

“For several decades Michael Rosen has entertained, educated and moved audiences of all ages. He has the infectious energy of a polymath and is curious about and interested in everything – perfect for such an eclectic and wide-ranging festival as ours. I am looking forward to another fantastic Festival here in Brighton.”

Michael Rosen said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be involved with Brighton Festival. It’s exciting but it’s also going to be a challenge!

“I am a great believer in festivals – they are an informal college of the arts for everyone. There’s been a big change since I was a child when the arts were tucked away in theatres and galleries and Brighton Festival takes cultural activity and brings it to many different audiences across a whole city.”

Programme highlights which can be revealed at this stage include the Brighton Festival commission The Great Enormo – a new work for narrator and full orchestra written by Michael Rosen and composed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin. Michael Rosen will narrate the piece and will be joined by the City of London Sinfonia for this world premiere.

For more than 25 years Brighton Festival has opened with the Children’s Parade, which now includes participants from local infant, junior and secondary schools, nurseries and playgroups, community groups and bands across the city.

This year the Children’s Parade, devised and delivered by Same Sky, will be themed around the Alphabet in a response to Michael Rosen’s interest and passion for language.

Brighton Festival are also partnering with Collected Works – the organisation behind City Reads – to run the first ever Young City Reads. Readers across the city will be encouraged to read and review a yet to be announced book as well as attend a selection of themed cultural events.

Brighton Festival is one of Europe’s leading arts festivals for artists and audiences and is known for commissioning and producing an ambitious programme that aims to make the most of Brighton’s distinctive cultural atmosphere.

Brighton Festival – 4-26 May 2013
Programme Launch: 27 February 2013
Public booking opens: 8 March 2013
Ticket Office: 01273 709709
Twitter: @brightfest

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