Past Events

Past Event

Access Open Day

Join us for a FREE accessible open day with performances, talks, workshops and backstage tours. With stalls from local accessible providers, craft activities and SPECTRA - an art exhibition curated by local autistic artists. The Access Open Day is free but some of the individual events will be ticketed as numbers are limited.

o360 orchestra perform at access open dayPerformances – Foyer Stage

A series of spoken and musical performances, all hosted by writer, film maker and broadcaster Jason Eade, your compere for the day.

  • 12.45pm Carousel Spoken Word Artists Eleana Re and Jonny Schachter
  • 1.45pm Carousel Chorus
  • 3.15pm Orchestra 360 (o360)

Talks & Presentations – Founders Room East

A series of presentations on the Brighton Dome Access Scheme and accessible events taking place in Brighton Festival 2022. There will also be an illuminating talk on the Dome's historical heritage by Liz Porter, Heritage Manager at Brighton Dome, plus artists from Spectra will talk about the inspiration behind their work. The talks will last approx 20-25 mins.

  • 12.15pm Brighton Dome Access Scheme/Brighton Festival Highlights
  • 1.15pm Spectra Arts Collective
  • 2.15pm Brighton Dome Heritage
  • 2.45pm Brighton Dome Access Scheme/Brighton Festival Highlights

Workshops – Dome Stage 

Parable Dance is an award-winning inclusive dance company who teach classes in Brighton and deliver training nationally. They will be leading fun, creative dance sessions for people with learning disabilities and welcome everyone to join in. Parable focus on ability not disability and would love to meet you. Book your tickets using the links below, but hurry, spaces are limited.

Workshops - West Corridor

Access Day Rocks is all about random acts of kindness and accessible art! When you decorate a rock and hide it, the aim is always the same - to bring a smile to someone’s day when they stumble across their hidden treasure! With rock painting, anybody can be an artist, and every street can be an art gallery! A delightful workshop with Artist Sara Gregory.

  • 11.30am - 1.15pm Drop in workshop A
  • 1.45pm - 3.30pm Drop in workshop B

Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Photo by Peter PriorHeritage Tours – Throughout the venue 

Did you know that our Concert Hall used to be the stables for the Prince Regent's horses? Or that Brighton Dome hosted ABBA's victory in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest? Take a peek behind the curtain, follow in the footsteps of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé and David Bowie, catch a rare glimpse of the infamous tunnel to the Royal Pavilion, and discover some of the surprising roles our iconic venue has played in history and how we use the spaces today.  

Our tours have a limited capacity so please book in advance to avoid missing out.

Spectra Exhibition - Founders Room West 

There are many unseen elements to any spectrum, and autism is no different. Navigating this world and society is a means of study for many of us within the autistic community. Why are things the way they are? What are the rules and governances that we must learn from the ground up? How do we define and interact with the environment around us? We use our creativity to look for the answers, where our shared experiences and perspective as artists bring us together.

  • 11.30am – 4pm

Disabled Access Day Balloon on a stall with Brighton Buses

Information Stands – Foyer 

Representatives from a wide range of Sussex-based organisations will be present with information on what they offer and how you might get involved, from 11:30am-4pm.

  • Carousel - inspires people with learning disabilities to achieve their artistic ambitions.

Team Domenica - supports young people with learning disabilities to gain the skills and confidence needed to find employment, reach their full potential and find their place in society.

  • Spectra - seven autistic artists who met through the charity named Assert. They are hosting a pop-up exhibition in the Founders Room as part of Access Day.  You are invited to find out more about Spectra and Assert at this stall positioned at the exhibition entrance.

Stay Up Late - a registered charity committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing. They instigated the Gig Buddies Scheme to enable this.

  • Brighton and Hove Buses - 
The Accessibility and Communities team will be present on the day to answer any questions and provide information on a more inclusive and accessible journey.

  • Scope - the disability equality charity in England and Wales. 
  • Glyndebourne - Opera 
Based in the heart of Sussex, offering a wide range of opera productions with a range of accessible performances. 

  • Grace Eyre - one of the oldest and most innovative charities in the south, committed to supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health issues.

Additional Events 

  • Pop up Café run by Team Domenica
  • Film – Carousel presents Oska Bright Film Festival Shorts
  • Chill Out Space on the Mezzanine Level
  • Welcome and Information Desk
  • Visitor Services Desk 
  • Recruitment Stand 
  • Heritage Stand

Click here to find out more about our Access Scheme and how to join

Sat 26 Mar, 11.30am–4pm