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Arrivals + Departures


Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork by artist duo YARA + DAVINA about birth, death and the journey in between

Two boards, one Arrivals and one Departures are situated in the Somerset House courtyard
Arrivals + Departures, YARA + DAVINA, Somerset House. Image by Tom McCaughan in collaboration with the artists.

Following its US premiere, presented in New York by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in March- April, Arrivals + Departures returns to the UK to start a tour to outdoor festivals across England.  

Commencing with Brighton Festival, the boards will be located in the historic Pavilion Gardens in the heart of the city.  Visitors and passers-by can contribute names by asking a guide on site between the times specified or via, anywhere in the world. 

Listen to Yara + Davina on Radio Reverb. Local people in Brighton tell the artists about the song they would like played at their funeral, ahead of the Arrivals + Departures opening:

As part of a special programme of related events, the public are invited to engage more deeply with the themes of birth and death. This will includes the special one-hour radio show and podcast for local radio station Radio Reverb, in which listeners are asked to submit a song they would like played at a birth or at their funeral. Other online events include:

  • Birth Café: Sunday 2 May, 2-4pm (GMT). Hosted by Laura Godfrey-Isaacs.  
  • Death Café: Tuesday 4 May, 7-8.15pm (GMT). Hosted by Louisa Parsons and Nicolette Thornton, Brighton Death Café
  • Re-defining Grief: Thursday 6 May, 7.30-9pm (GMT). Panel discussion hosted by Emma Curtis (Funeral Celebrant and Grief & Resilience Therapist) with special guest Cara Mair Funeral Director (founder of Arka Original Funerals) and YARA + DAVINA
  • Brighton’s Stories: Saturday 8 May, 7.30 – 9pm (GMT). Marking the closure of the Arrivals + Departure boards in Brighton, this year’s festival guest director and poet Lemn Sissay will be reading every story that has been submitted during the festival period. This event will be live-streamed.

Produced by Artsadmin. Supported by Without Walls. Co-commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Hull) and Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Artsadmin with support from Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Publicly funded through Arts Council England. Development supported by the IN SITU platform in the frame of ACT project co-funded through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Without Walls Blueprint programme and a Seedbed Residency at 101 Outdoor Arts.

Date and time

30 April – 8 May 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


Brighton Festival, Pavilion Gardens