What's happening this year
Welcome to BRIGHTON JAPAN 2013
Each year, Brighton Japan has grown exponentially.
From a single day event six years ago, it expanded last year to a full ten-day festival encompassing some of the most prestigious venues Brighton has to offer, and featured two massive weekend street festivals which attracted tens of thousands of visitors.
2013 will see Brighton Japan achieve its ambition to become, indisputably, the largest annual celebration of Japanese culture and food in Europe.
Held over a full 10 days in September 2013, the festival will stage as wild and eclectic a programme of events as people have come to expect from Brighton Japan. 2013 will, however, see the introduction of an exciting new dimension to the festival in the form of motorsport, which will include heart-stopping street racing along Madeira Drive. Another new element to the festival will be a martial arts and Dojo competition.
Anime and gaming will explode on the scene at the festival, with a tent exclusively dedicated to the past, present and future of video games. Our ebullient Cosplay events for which we have become famous will, of course, be back – and with a vengeance.
The growth of the festival means that we've had to find a new home. It is with considerable excitement that we have secured the beautiful Old Steine gardens for the Festival, near the Palace Pier and the seafront. We couldn't have hoped for a more visible and auspicious venue: located between Kemp Town and central Brighton and a stone's throw away from Madeira Drive and the Palace Pier, it is the main thoroughfare into Brighton, seen by millions of people as they arrive into Brighton.