Festival 2017

7-9 July

East Sussex

Welcome to Brainchild. We are a DIY powered and volunteer-led festival celebrating the talents and ideas of the people around us. For three days in July, we stitch together incredible creative projects into a program of live music, jam sessions, spoken word, DJ sets, talks, workshops, film, theatre and installation art.

The festival is a meeting of minds; it is very intimate, with artists, crew and festival-goers all camping together and no VIP areas on site. We push important conversations and interdisciplinary art to the forefront and welcome everybody to get involved. Built up by friends of friends over the years, the atmosphere is warm, open and relaxed. Brainchild is the perfect place to let your guard down, try things out and discover amazing artists. We hope that you will find something you love this year.

Winners of the AIM Award for Best Independent Festival 2015 & 2016!

★★★★ - The Independent

We will be announcing our first wave of acts in late February. If you want to get involved or make a suggestion, check out the submissions part of our ‘Get Involved’ Section.

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Get In Touch

We are open for submissions for the 2017 festival! Whatever you want to do, get in touch with the appropriate address, either ‘music’, ‘art’, ‘theatre’, ‘talks’, ‘poetry’, ‘film’, ‘workshops’ or ‘team’ (if you’re not sure where your idea fits in!) followed by …@brainchildfestival.co.uk

Deadline for submissions to the programme in any area is February 10th. 

If you want to design our Shack stage, we’ve put out an open call and would love to hear from you! See the brief for more information. The deadline is the 31st January.

Alternatively, please check out Platform, our HQ in Southwark, London where we are able to put on events and projects – maybe your idea can happen there.

For volunteering inquiries, email tomo

For site, production and trading email joey

To talk to us about a piece for our blog, email saskia

For press and partnerships email marina

For any other enquiries email team

@brainchildfestival.co.uk