Welcome to the fifth year of B.fest, Brighton’s Youth Arts Festival

B.fest is an unfunded (STOP PRESS:Thank you to the Co operative for a generous donation from your members) mainly free festival that aims to bring Arts and Culture closer to young people involving them in every aspect of planning, organising, designing and performing. When you’re a teenager it matters what your friends do so we try and get your friends performing , making films, making cakes, taking photographs, writing stories and whatever else we can think of
– because then you might too!

All year round B.fest brings together young people and organisations from across the city to create a festival that focuses on 13-19 year olds, but is open to everyone. At the core of making B.fest happen is our Events Team – over 30 young people who meet regularly to plan and shape the festival. Encompassing music, photography, performance, poetry, stand-up, fashion and all things creative, B.fest 2017 invites you to share the bravest and the best of youth arts in Brighton.


B.fest is produced by the Brighton and Hove Youth collective and is part of the Brighton Fringe. Young people are involved in all aspects of the festival: from planning to performance.

Participating Organisations

There is a stack of organisations involved in or supporting B.fest, check them out!

Act up Speak Out

Adventure Poetry


Art in Mind



Bexelei Theatre Company

Bexhill College



Boys on The Plaque

Brighton & Hove City Council

Brighton & Hove Libraries

Brighton & Hove Youth Collective

Brighton Dome

Brighton Museum and Gallery

Brighton Paintballing

Brighton Pier


Carden Park Youth Centre

City College, Brighton

Coop Funeral Care

Crew Club

Culture Club


Doodle Your Down There

Dukes@The Komedia

Exploring Senses


Floodlights Theatre Company

Fresh St.Art

Gladrags Community Costume Resource


Hammer and Tongue

Hangleton and Knoll Project

Hummingbird Bakery

In Defence of Youth Work

Little Green Pig

Lucy Gledhill

Miss Represented

Onca Gallery

Our Future City

Patcham Youth Centre


Player Research

Point Blank

Rocket Artists


Self-Managed Learning College

Sew Fabulous

Sinna 1

Starboard Festival

Sussex Partnership NHS trust Brighton and Hove social services

The Charlotte Miller Art Project

The Deans Youth Project

The Jubilee Library

The Open Market

The Trust for Developing Communities

The Young Carers Project

We are the people too – Youth record label

Whitehawk Art Group

Whitehawk Young Women’s Group

Whitehawk Youth Group

Windmill Young Actors

Joe Willis

Kemp Town Carnival

Laser Zone

Brighton Youth Centre

Brighton Youth Theatre


Nate Collington-Exe, Amy Ramsey, Ava Finnis-Brown, Dearbhaile Hunt, Scout Sterling, Em Cockerton- Smith, Farrah Jane/Grant, George Hansen, George Sargent, Holly Brunton, Jamie Cadman, Jasmine Wells, Luke Downard, Luke Hopkins, Oona Cambell, Tia Alexander, Ziggy Jameson-Franks, Alfie Brooks, Ben Nidman, Benjamin Porter, Benjamin Nicholson, Bradley Case, Calvin Miller, Chessie Hayden, Harmony Kinnear, Hollie Mattison, Hannah Waterman, Josh scott, Lee Routly, Lewis MacNamara, Lucy Liledhill, Meredith Rowan, Orson Plant, Radha Lingham,
Ryan Dees, Satya Lingham, Zac Truran

Coordination, Production Management, Artistic Direction and Youth Participation was lead by the team at BYC including Mike Roe, Hannah Coxeter & Charlotte Allen.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams