The Spiegeltent is here, the Ladyboys of Bangkok tent once again adorns that bit that's not the Old Steine but isn't as far up as St Peter's Church (what is that road called?) and it's only 6 days until the 40th Brighton Festival, the Festival Fringe and Artists' Open Houses kick off.
I plan to update this blog more regularly during the festival, although I am away for most of the first week of the fest.
Below are a few of the events that I plan to see; going on past years this means that I'll actually see about a third of them. If only work didn't get in the way and money was no object!
Stories In Motion- 2 musicians and 2 cult novelists (Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk) combine to create stories through words, music and visuals. This could either be wonderful or terrible. Just booked a ticket.
Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra and Cheikh Lo- would love to see this pairing of two huge world music artists, dependent on if I actually have any money left at the end of the festival though.
Richard E. Grant giving a talk in the Books and Debate section of the festival.
I would love to see Groupe F's 'The Light Players' but won't be around on that day. Sounds amazing though.
Every May there are also dozens of offbeat tours looking at Brighton through past events and specific themes. This one gets marks just for the title: Desperate Fishwives.
There are plenty of art and photo exhibitions all over town. I like the sound of Murmuration at Embassy Court.