Vanessa Redgrave opens 46th Brighton Festival
Vanessa Redgrave, the Oscar-winning actress who is guest director of this year's Brighton Festival led the children's parade on Saturday that opened the 46th staging of the festival.
The disappointing weather failed to dampen spirits as 5,000 children from 77 local schools led a parade in wonderful costumes made especially for the event. The costumes were designed this year with the theme of stories and storytelling from ancient myths to modern graffiti art.
The parade began at 10.30am in Kensington Street and wound its way through the North Laines into central Brighton, ending up in a display on Madeira Drive on the seafront.
Ms Redgrave, who is a Unicef goodwill ambassador, said she was "honoured" to be given the role. The actress and political activist won an Oscar in 1977 for her role in the film "Julia."
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She gave an on-stage interview about her life and career at the Brighton Dome as part of the launch of the festival.
Ms Redgrave said: "It's a wonderful thing to me that I've been asked to really be part of this festival.
"It will bring the young together with the old and the young people with their new visions and their new perspectives, their new ideas.
"It will be giving them a chance to see some of the very best work they can possibly see."
Last year, Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was the artistic director for the Brighton Festival.
The Brighton Festival runs until Sunday May 27th and features 143 events and 351 performances.
To find out what is on at the Brighton Festival, follow this link.