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News - 30 October 2007
Nick Dodds

Brighton Festival director steps down

Nick Dodds, the popular and well-known head of Brighton Festival and Dome is to leave the high profile post after seven years in the job.

He will remain in post until January and the search is now on for a replacement which is expected to attract applicants from a wide field.

Under his direction the Festival, now in its 41st year, has gone from strength to strength with ticket sales last year reaching a record 86% and nearly 70% of all shows being sold out.

Nick Dodds is leaving to establish his own company offering festival, arts and production consultancy.

He has been a key figure not only in the artistic development of the Festival and Dome sitting on the city's Arts Commission but also in the wider development of the economy of the city sitting on the Economic Partnership and the Economic Development & Enterprise Board. He is also Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association.

ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP COMMENT

Chair of the BHEP Simon Fanshawe says: - "Nick has been a great contributor to the Economic Partnership. He has, in a very practical way, made the very real link between driving up the value and standard of the Festival and the increasing economic benefit that that brings to the city as a whole.

The more high spending cultural tourists we can attract and the more singular the programme of the festival the more it puts Brighton on the map. Seven years is a good run and he has made an excellent contribution to the city's prosperity. He came into a different job when the restoration of the Dome needed to be completed and he is leaving the Festival now in a strong state for a new artistic director to take it to even greater achievement.

We will miss Nick and wish him every success in his new venture. The BHEP looks forward to working with his successor"


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