Final yr was one in all cancellations, postponements and digital reinventions, however this summer season many arts festivals are hoping to go forward. Most are planning an adaptable, hybrid format, with socially-distanced dwell reveals alongside on-line content material. Tickets are sometimes bought with Covid-proof ensures of refund or rollover, however examine before you purchase.Brighton pageant and fringeArtwork, a part of Brighton’s pier-to-pier sound installationInteractive artwork within the Pavilion Gardens, dancing within the streets and a pier-to-pier sound set up will span 14 miles of pebbly beachfront from Brighton to Worthing. Brighton’s month-long dwell arts pageant is adopted by its fringe programme. The pageant presents distanced lunchtime live shows at Brighton Dome, an otherworldly night-walk round Shoreham port and a lantern-lit path with choral music and light-weight sculptures by Stanmer woods at nightfall. This yr’s visitor director, the poet Lemn Sissay, has helped schedule practically 100 reveals and installations. Certainly one of a number of world premieres is Tenebrae: Classes Learnt in Darkness, a shifting all-day spectacle impressed by the previous yr, at Brighton’s reopened Theatre Royal. And there’s a multi-sensory woodland from mid-Could in Olafur Eliasson’s immersive The Forked Forest Path beneath the Fabrica gallery’s Regency church beams, and a fake-news-era Struggle of the Worlds at Worthing theatre. Competition 1-31 Could, brightonfestival.org; fringe 28 Could-27 June, brightonfringe.orgEstuary pageant, Essex and KentWater III, half 1,2 and three, (Shoeburyness in direction of The Isle Of Grain), 2015, by Navdav KanderThe panorama across the huge Thames estuary is internet hosting cultural occasions in Could, June and past. An creative, ecologically conscious lineup options murals, audio walks, immersive experiences, a floating sculpture off Southend pier and clocktowers that play threatened birds’ songs. Three wandering gamers will cease to argue for insurrection within the face of the present local weather emergency, channelling the 1381 peasants’ revolt, which started in Essex. There’s open-air artwork in Chatham and two poets are shaping a collaborative native writing mission, describing life by the estuary since March 2020, in The Water Replies. Within the autumn, there will probably be a site-specific efficiency about rising sea ranges within the tidal pool at Shoeburyness. 22May-13 June, estuaryfestival.comCoventry: UK Metropolis of Tradition 2021Jay1, acting at London’s Electrical Ballroom in September 2019; he’ll carry out in his house metropolis in August. {Photograph}: Venla Shalin/RedfernsThe UK’s newest Metropolis of Tradition will probably be mixing dwell and on-line occasions and making use of out of doors areas, such because the newly-regenerated Charterhouse heritage park. The theme of motion displays Coventry’s car-making heritage and can also be, within the political or emotional senses, epitomised by Coventry’s trendy cathedral, constructed subsequent to the ruins of the previous war-bombed cathedral. Celebrations will incorporate dwell music, puppetry, dance, theatre, and a city-wide day of spectacle referred to as Coventry Strikes. The town will host the UK Asian movie pageant and the Booker prize announcement. Terry Corridor of the Specials is presenting three days of music in July and Coventry-born rapper Jay1 leads an August pageant. In September, the Turner prize present opens at Coventry’s Herbert Artwork Gallery and the third Coventry biennial begins in October. 15 Could till Could 2022, coventry2021.co.ukBath pageant and fringeThe Royal Crescent is among the areas in Tub used to movie Bridgerton. {Photograph}: Trevor Smithers/Getty ImagesIf you have been a fan of the Netflix regency raunch-fest Bridgerton, the town’s 73-year-old pageant presents strolling excursions around the grand Georgian areas the place a lot of the filming came about. There are poetry readings within the 18th-century Meeting Rooms, live shows within the abbey and a night of water-themed a cappella beneath the floodlit columns and statues of the Roman Baths. This yr’s authors embrace Rachel Clarke with a searing insider account of the Covid-struck NHS, Mel Giedroyc speaking about her debut novel, The Greatest Issues, and Richard Osman with The Thursday Homicide Membership. A music festival-style weekend finale, rescheduled to August, options McFly, Billy Ocean, Enjoyable Lovin’ Criminals and others enjoying on Tub Rec. Tub’s full of life fringe, imaginatively tracing its roots to Roman-era pageant sideshows, runs from late Could. Competition 17-24 Could, bathfestivals.org.uk; fringe 28 Could-13 June, bathfringe.co.uk; finale 7-8 AugustBuxton worldwide pageant and fringeThe ballroom at Buxton Crescent Lodge. {Photograph}: John AthimaritisThe Peak District spa city has drawn worldwide crowds to the sq. outdoors its ornate Edwardian opera home for the final 40 summers. This July, the white-and-gold auditorium will open to audiences for the primary time in additional than a yr to placed on a musical and 4 operas, together with Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Buxton’s flower-basketed colonnades and gardens make an idyllic setting for a pageant. The chandelier-hung Buxton Crescent Lodge opened late final yr, resurrecting a grand Georgian spa; its 18th-century ballroom turns into a brand new venue for literary occasions and musical salons. Authors embrace Cumbrian shepherd James Rebanks and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee. A collection of pageant walks discover the city’s wildlife, structure or hyperlinks with Vera Brittain (Testomony of Youth memoirist). There’s a fringe, too, that includes music and mocktails within the Serpentine Group Backyard or jazz, poetry and artwork on the Inexperienced Man Gallery. Competition 8-25 July, buxtonfestival.co.uk; fringe 7-25 July, buxtonfringe.org.ukEdinburgh pageant and Edinburgh fringeStreet performer Kilted Colin on the Edinburgh fringe in 2019. {Photograph}: Kenny Williamson/AlamyThe Edinburgh fringe bought greater than 3 million tickets in 2019, overshadowing the mother or father occasion it grew up round. Having retreated on-line in 2020, this yr’s principal pageant gave the primary particulars of dwell and streamed performances on 13 April, with a full programme and tickets accessible from June. New out of doors venues embrace pavilions among the many little lakes and lime avenues of Edinburgh Park and lined live performance phases in a college quad. The huge parallel books pageant is relocating, for 2021, to Edinburgh School of Artwork. This August’s fringe will go forward in some type, however remains to be deciding how a lot will probably be dwell and the way a lot digital. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who carried out her present Fleabag right here in 2013, is the Fringe Society’s first president. She describes the perimeter as a spot the place the connection between audiences and artists is “feverishly consummated, typically with nice success, typically with awkward fumbles behind an inflatable cow, however at all times with unbridled ardour and creativity.” Competition 7-29 August, eif.co.uk; fringe 6-30 August, edfringe.com; guide pageant 14-30 August, edbookfest.co.ukGreenwich + Docklands worldwide festivalBlack Victorians – dance efficiency by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, which will probably be a part of 2021’s Greenwich + Docklands worldwide pageant. {Photograph}: Marilyn KingwillLondon’s largest pageant of free out of doors performances celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary final yr – with socially-distanced reveals – and was the primary main dwell arts festivals to go forward. The pageant returns in late summer season with a various programme of theatre and spectacle. Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s dance piece Black Victorians explores advanced black tales from pre-Windrush Britain, whereas Flemish firm de Roovers is staging an immersive manufacturing, Blue Remembered Hills, in a secret location. Avenue artwork, installations and reveals will probably be uniting Woolwich and North Woolwich communities throughout the river with the slogan Therapeutic Collectively. 27 Aug-11 Sept, pageant.orgFrome pageant, SomersetMemorial theatre and warfare memorial, Frome. {Photograph}: AlamyQuirky cobbled alleyways with streams down the center, buzzing markets with a carnival environment, indie retailers and cafes, 4 arts venues and a legendary sense of neighborhood all imply bohemian Frome is nicely positioned to host a cracking pageant. The 2021 pageant contains comedy from Reginald D Hunter on the Memorial theatre, music by The Lightning Seeds, and poet John Hegley on the Masonic Corridor. Outside venues embrace an amphitheatre with nightly reveals, gigs within the courtyard of an previous silk mill, and a lakeside glamping web site at Marston park. The pageant was on account of have a good time its twentieth birthday in 2020 and marks the anniversary this yr with an exhibition of memorabilia at Rook Lane Arts. A number of common annual options are again: backyard openings, guided walks, an artwork path – and nice meals. Frome’s bars and bakeries serve every thing from watermelon margaritas to melt-in-the-mouth blackcurrant truffles made with native natural jersey cream. 2 -11 July, fromefestival.co.ukDevaFest, CheshireStoryhouse, Chester. {Photograph}: Andrew Paterson/AlamyThis is a comparatively new family-friendly mashup of native meals and old-fashioned music, parades and performances at Chester Lakes, three miles south of the Roman metropolis (Deva is the Latin identify for Chester). Fairground rides and shuttle buses are included within the ticket value. Friday could have a retro vibe with hands-in-the-air dance anthems, Saturday is dress-up Pirate Day and has Sophie Ellis-Bextor performing and Sunday’s finale contains Scouting for Ladies. Close by Chester is billing itself as the perfect open-air metropolis with expanded pedestrian areas and alfresco occasions. Cultural hub Storyhouse is planning an prolonged open-air theatre season in Grosvenor park and out of doors cinema with Chester’s gothic cathedral within the background. There’s additionally the Simply So pageant for youths within the landscaped Rode Corridor property. 13- 15 August, devafest.co.ukThe Inexperienced Gathering, MonmouthshireA scene from a earlier Inexperienced Gathering.A ruined neoclassical mansion in gently sloping fields beside the wooded River Wye has been the backdrop for a decade to this eco-campaigning pageant. It doesn’t simply win sustainability awards, the Inexperienced Gathering evokes change and supplies areas for activism, in addition to crafts, music and dance. A number of bands are rolled over from 2020. There’s philosophical people music, wild harmonies and psychedelic rock in solar-powered marquees with firelit gardens or yoga and herb tea in geodesic lotus domes. And there’s magic, open-mic, dancing, permaculture, and dozens of craft workshops: study to make rag rugs from garbage or pendants from stones, shamanic drums or picket mushrooms. The location is just not removed from Chepstow, near the scenic Monmouth bus route, and car-free revellers get a bonus programme. The occasion is a pioneering off-grid showcase for renewable vitality, powered by panels, generators, pedals and folks. 29 July-1 August, greengathering.org.uk