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Ali Smith to guest direct Brighton Festival 2015

Ali Smith, who will guest direct the 2015 Brighton Festival.
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Author Ali Smith has been named as the guest director of the 2015 Brighton Festival.

Smith, whose novel How to Be Both was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, will be responsible for shaping the festival’s three-week programme, which includes theatre, music, dance, circus and visual arts.

Previous guest directors of the festival, which takes place in venues across Brighton and Hove, include composer Hofesh Schecter, actor Vanessa Redgrave and artist Anish Kapoor.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Ali Smith on board as guest director for Brighton Festival 2015. Her contribution brings a new focus for us, at the same time as continuing the tradition of prominent artistic figures who have brought their particular knowledge and experience of the arts to the programme.”

The festival runs from May 2 to 24 and its programme will be announced in February.

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