Suu Kyi is director of Brighton Festival

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The Independent Online

The Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be a guest director of this year's Brighton Festival. The Nobel Prize winner will not attend the event in May but organisers said it would celebrate and champion her cause.

Ms Suu Kyi, released from house arrest last year, said she was pleased to see, "albeit remotely, Brighton Festival taking shape this year, and to think that so many people will come together to celebrate great art and experience the inner peace it brings".

Events include a discussion with the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and a production of Beethoven's opera, Fidelio.