Thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund for supporting us this Winter


Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has received £446,000 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund today (Friday 19 November 2021).

As a registered arts charity, we are among 925 recipients across the country to benefit from the emergency funding that was set-up to help the cultural sector recover from the economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The third round of funding will support organisations as they deal with ongoing challenges over the winter months. Since restrictions were lifted, we were able to re-open the Concert Hall in September to full capacity audiences and have implemented safety measures for the public and behind the scenes for staff and visiting artists. We’ve also trained our front of house staff to provide Covid status checks for visitors to ensure we are doing everything we can to eliminate the risks. 

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival commented:

“Since re-opening our doors we realise how fortunate we are to still be here, though recovery from the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic will be long and challenging. We’ve been delighted to welcome audiences back to our venue, but there is still some way to go before everyone feels confident about coming out to live indoor events. We are enormously grateful to receive this additional funding so we can continue to deliver great events safely as we go into Christmas and the winter season.”

The awards are amongst more than £100 million allocated by Arts Council England on behalf of the Government in this round.  

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, added:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

Since the Culture Recovery Fund was launched, over £1.2 billion has been awarded to around 5,000 individual organisations and sites across the country, ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.