Brighton Festival has unveiled details surrounding the 50th anniversary of England's largest and most established curated annual multi-arts festival, welcoming experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson as Guest Director. With the theme of "home and place" at the heart of the eclectic schedule, which runs May 7-29, Brighton Festival will welcome innovative national and international artists spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate.

This year includes 54 commissions, co-commissions, exclusives and premieres such as two exclusive performances from folktronica pioneer Beth Orton, choreographer and dancer Akram Khan's new full-length production Until The Lions; and the world premiere of a global collaborative work by Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing. Laurie Anderson's own events include the UK premiere of her unique Music for Dogs, a concert specially designed for the canine ear, as well as the UK premiere of Lou Reed Drones, an installation of her late husband's guitars and amps in feedback mode.

"I'm so happy to be serving as Guest Director of Brighton Festival in its historic 50th year," Laurie said. "I've been part of the Festival several times and it is so big and sprawling and exciting and there's so many different things going on - it really has a kind of celebratory, crazy, art party feel to it. And I love the theme of home and place. It is especially relevant with so many people in the world on the move now looking, like all of us, for a place we can belong. Maybe because I'm a working musician and often on the road, the idea of home is pretty appealing to me. It's also a great idea for a festival - trying to find out who and where you are. See you there."

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