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Brighton Festival – an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – launches its publicity today (February 25) for  2014. The festival will take place in venues across the city and beyond from 3 to 25 May 2014.

This year Brighton Festival again worked with Johnson Banks to create the visual identity for 2014’s event. The image shows a black sheep on a green background with the sheep’s fur made up of tiny dancing figures.

Michael Johnson, of Johnson Banks, says: “When we were discussing the theme for the 2014 Festival, a recurring motif was a sheep. Partly because ‘Sun’ features cut-out sheep, carefully choreographed across the stage, and also because we felt a black sheep nicely mirrored Hofesh’s outsider’s view of the world we live in. Visualising a black sheep whose fur turns into dancers proved to be very difficult – luckily Chris Kasch was up to the task. Although he did say painting it gave him multiple migraines.”

The sheep was painted by Chris Kasch. He is a UK based illustrator who has built an impressive and varied clientele throughout his 16 year career. He has produced work for national newspapers, magazines and well known names such as Saachi and Saachi, The Royal Mail and IBM.

The 2014 Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2014 is critically acclaimed choreographer, musician, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter. His eponymous Company are a Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival resident company, and their brand new work Sun – co-commissioned by Brighton Festival – will open the three week arts extravaganza on Saturday 3 May when it comes ‘home’ at the conclusion of its first world tour.

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