Venues in Brighton (info: 01273 706771; booking: 01273 709709) from today to 23 May
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Aah -- the sun glinting off the Brighton Dome and the stucco of the Regency terraces, the sea slapping the pebbles on the beach... And this bank holiday weekend you have an extra reason to head for the south coast: the 33rd Brighton Festival. Today sees the start of more than three weeks of top-quality entertainment, from artists as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Siobhan Davies Dance Company, composer Jonathan Harvey, the Michael Nyman Band and many more. There will also be events for jazz, literature, film and electronic media fans, with the Streets of Brighton strand from Thursday to Sunday 9 May offering free theatre, clowning, dance and story-telling.