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.

If you want to play, perform a show, lead a workshop or talk, make an installation or bring another kind of project to the festival, please fill out the appropriate form below:

Programme Submission form (live music, DJ sets, film, poetry, theatre, talks and workshops), deadline is the 2nd March.

Art Installation Proposal form (art installations and visuals), deadline is the 10th February.




Get In Touch

To apply to play, perform, make an installation or tell us about another idea, please find the appropriate form in our lineup section.

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 volunteering inquiries, email tomo

For site and production email matt

For food traders email jasper

For press and partnerships email alice

For any other enquiries email team


Keep up to date with occasional updates from us