Brighton Festival 2023 unveils theme for flagship children’s parade

Brighton Festival has confirmed this year’s theme for its popular opening event.

The theme of the Children’s Parade for 2023 will be a world that learns and grows from one another.

Additional focus areas will explore how international collaboration affects fields as diverse as invention, culture, cooking and fashion, and our environment.

Co-produced with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, the Children’s Parade officially marks the opening of the festival, a three-week celebration of arts and culture in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex, running 6-28 May 2023.

The Argus: The Children's Parade opens the Brighton Festival each yearThe Children’s Parade opens the Brighton Festival each year (Image: David Bracy)

The largest parade of its kind in Europe, the family-friendly, free event takes place in central Brighton and has been delighting participants and spectators for over 30 years.

Hundreds of teachers from participating schools across Brighton and Hove will work with their students to create large scale artwork and costumes which will be on display throughout the parade route, supporting children to learn through making.

Also for the first time, the parade will be moved from its regular Saturday date to Sunday 7 May to mark the coronation of King Charles III. to celebrate in London.

Each focus area is headed by a “Herald School” at the top of the parade section, representing a different area of ​​the city.

The Argus: Students display their costumes at a previous paradeStudents show off their costumes at a previous parade (Image: Vic Frankowski)

In 2023 these will be Patcham Infant School, Mile Oak Primary and Saltdean Primary School.

The parade is supported by the independent school Brighton Girls.

Andrew Comben, Managing Director of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “We can’t wait to see the parade rally around the solemn and inspirational theme of a world and are so grateful for the months of patient work put in by children, Parents and ahead of us are caregivers, teachers and artists to make this possible.”

Throughout the school year, Same Sky works with teachers and group leaders to develop their displays alongside a team of dedicated artists.

The procession involves the coordination of up to 5,000 children, with an additional 20,000 parents, friends and spectators taking to the city center to witness the stunning designs and handmade costumes and sculptures.

The Argus: Sculptures from a Previous YearSculptures from the previous year (Image: Jamie MacMillan)

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is the largest annually curated multi-arts festival in England, celebrating music, theatre, dance, arts, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events.

The festival recently announced that its guest director for the 2023 edition will be critically acclaimed musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal.

Same Sky Artistic Director John Varah said: “Nabihah Iqbal’s work is prolific and her guidance on the theme of the parade was greatly appreciated.

“The connections of Brighton’s global community will be on full display at this year’s parade and we can’t wait to get it started.”

The Children’s Parade is an opportunity for those involved to come together and showcase their work and skills to a wide audience.

The Argus: Students who participated in the parade in a previous yearStudents who participated in the parade in a previous year (Image: Jamie MacMillan)

Artpod, which encourages creativity in children and young people through workshops and art classes, is just one of the participating organizations.

Artpod Director Sharon Mee said: “The Children’s Parade is the highlight of the year for our students.

“We work with children and young people from across the city and with a wide range of abilities, and they have complete autonomy in designing and creating. The parade is the perfect celebration of all their hard work.” Brighton Festival 2023 unveils theme for flagship children’s parade

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