Brighton & Hove’s Cultural Summit Aims to Open Up the Arts


Artists, writers, performers, arts organisations, community networks and those who run venues in the city will come together to explore how to involve more people in the arts.

Brighton & Hove’s Cultural Summit takes place on Mon 30 March at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex, hosted by Tarik Elmoutawakil, Founder and Artistic Director of Brighton-based Marlborough Productions.

The day will offer different ways the wider community can have a voice through talks, performances, artist-led workshops, stalls and Q&A sessions.

The cultural summit is part of the Cultural Framework, which is working with local people to expand participation in the arts, support local talent and develop the city’s reputation as a cultural centre for audiences and investors.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Chair, Brighton & Hove Arts and Creative Industries Commission said:

“Brighton & Hove is known for its vibrant culture and artistic creativity thanks to its amazing concentration of artists, creatives, arts organisations and creative businesses. But the arts need to be more inclusive, relevant and accessible across our communities and celebrate the creativity that is in us all. The cultural summit is an opportunity to explore new ways of collaborating and to open up the artistic life of the city to even more people.”

Jenni Lewin-Turner, producer of the Cultural Summit, added:

“The event is open to everyone interested in the cultural life of the city. The theme of the summit, ‘Your City, Your Art?’ is designed to bring people together and to move beyond just having conversations about making all the arts more inclusive.”

Alan Robins, Chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee said: “Being creative and enjoying performances and exhibitions should be open to everyone. The cultural summit will show a different perspective, bring to light new talent and provide a platform for communities and arts organisations to come together.”

The summit is open to everyone who is involved in the arts - or who would like to be - and for anyone interested in the cultural life of the city.

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival believes in a universal right to the arts and we continually explore creative ways to get people involved in the arts, including many who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. Find out more here. 

Discover the programme here and book tickets here.