Festival 2018

13-15 July

East Sussex


Welcome to Brainchild Festival, our three day festival celebrating the DIY spirit, art, music and ideas of the people around us.

We connect and stitch together the collectives, communities and creative projects that inspire us throughout the year 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

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Brainchild has become a big creative network of people who share values, and the festival is our 3 day celebration to bring as many of them together as we can. Every year, over 300 artists contribute their work and ideas, be they art installations, led discussions or DJ sets.

Our 2018 festival programme is currently being cooked up. Stay tuned for our first announcements coming at the end of February.

In previous years we’ve been lucky enough to work with artists including PECS Drag Kings, Kojey Radical, Nubya Garcia, Vanessa Kisuule, Dego (2000Black), Ross From Friends, Caleb Femi, Ezra Collective, Joshua Idehen, The Comet is Coming, Loyle Carner, Moses Boyd Exodus, Alice Phoebe Lou and hundreds more brilliant people.

If you want to play, perform a show, lead a workshop or talk or bring another kind of project to the festival, please fill out the Programme Submission form. Deadline is the 2nd March.

Please note that the deadline for proposing art installations has passed.




Get In Touch

To apply to perform or tell us about another idea, please fill out the form in our lineup section.

To join the team, please check out this page to see what roles are available. At the moment we’re looking for writers and photographers.

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

For on-site volunteering inquiries, email tomo

For site and production email matt

For food trading inquiries email jasper

For press email alice

For any other enquiries email team


Keep up to date with occasional updates from us