East Sussex Award winning, multi-art festival brings together over 1000 young minds for a weekend of inspiration.


Brainchild is an intimate, independent festival that celebrates the work of some of the most inspirational young creatives from the UK and beyond. Since its humble beginnings, it has garnered incredible support and this year it returns with a program that is full of live and electronic music, DJ sets, spoken word, theatre, talks, workshops, visual arts and film.

This year brings together pieces by over 50 young installation artists, from ICA Bloomberg Contemporary Emily Motto’s giant string maze, to ‘Limbo Citizen’s walk-through piece from Utrecht exploring immigration to innovative stage designs by young architects, ‘Kinsphere’. With no VIP areas, normal barriers between artists and audiences dissolve. Jam spaces invite festival-goers to create alongside performers in the Steez Cafe, a space curated in collaboration with South East London’s acclaimed STEEZ community.


As the name suggests, Brainchild sets out to celebrate ideas that have come to life, be they in music, film, theatre or any other form. It was begun when the organisers were only 19, with the intention of sharing art and ideas on a personal, peer to peer levels that was impossible at larger festivals. The festival remains sponsor free and entirely powered by volunteers.

Musical highlights include: multiple Jazz FM and MOBO Award winners B inker & Moses , whose recent releases together and separately have been taking the UK Jazz scene by storm; the unique 12Tone sounds of United Vibrations o n their new album tour ‘The Myth of the Golden Ratio’ (Ubiquity Records); PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award winners Sarathy Korwar (album coming out on Ninja Tune in July) and Hector Plimmer; from Berlin and originally from Cape Town, the incredible talent and voice of A lice Phoebe Lou , who has just put out her own debut album ‘Orbit’ and will be supporting Rodriguez in his upcoming tour; as well as Gilles Peterson and Four Tet favoured up – and – coming producer O’Flynn.


Other inspirational contributors this year include: acclaimed spoken word artist Anthony Anaxagorou leading discussion on the politics of poetry; new show ‘ Earth’ by Gemma Rogers and Deanna Rodger (in Elle Magazine’s 30 most inspirational women under 30); pioneering young DJ collective from Brazil, Sonido Trópico ; Breach Theatre with ‘The Beanfield’, bringing to life the brutal crackdown of the Stonehenge Free festival 30 years ago and winner of the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

There’s also music from the likes of: Makeness, Leif Erikson, Nérija, Alfa Mist and Barney Artist (doing a special, collaborative set just for Brainchild), Matt Maltese, Jerkcurb, Babeheaven, Poppy Ajudha, Isaac Lee-Kronick, Contours, Banoffee Pies Records, Ezra Collective, Ben Hauke, Sumochief, Maxwell Owin, James Massiah, Mokadem, Junk Son, Body Clocks, Ben Hayes, Chiminyo, Ibibio Sound Machine (DJ set) and many more.


Brainchild will also be introducing workshops, panel debates, films and shows that explore immigration, race, culture, gender, the climate and mental health, with groups and panelists from online magazine g al-dem, guerilla filmmakers Eye Want Change a nd activists Students Against TTIP.

This year the festival returns to its home in the fields, woods and miniature railway of Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum in Lewes, North West of Brighton.

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