I picked up a copy of the Brighton Festival 2017 brochure yesterday and I'm so glad that I did.
Turning the first page, I encountered an introduction written by Guest Director, Kate Tempest. I was expecting a standard preamble about Brighton and how great it is. Perhaps a mention of the most high-profile performances and venues.
What I actually found was a love letter to art; how important it is to our health and happiness.
I hope you enjoy reading this:
I don't know why the same piece of work can hit one person so deeply and leave someone else so cold, but I do know the thrill of finding a piece on your own terms, engaging with it for your own reasons and feeling it solidify or evaporate the boundaries of your understanding.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.