Seun Kuti

Fela Kuti in Brighton: the Afrobeat pioneer’s connection to the city

16 Sep 2019

Fela Kuti was a legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer, composer, musician and political activist. His parents sent him to London in 1958 hoping that he would study medicine and become a doctor. Instead, Kuti decided to study music and composition at Trinity College London. In an interview in Songlines, his son Femi recalls…
Brighton Dome Chandelier

Mr Brighton – Fighting the Fascists at Brighton Dome

13 Sep 2019

As part of the Heritage Open Day 2019 theme, People Power, we’re highlighting communities, groups and individuals who have affected positive change and made an impact on Brighton Dome’s history.Known as ‘Mr. Brighton’, Lewis Cohen was a Socialist Mayor of Brighton and was elevated to the peerage in 1966. Cohen…
Photo of the chandelier in Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome opens its doors to the past with heritage events

13 Sep 2019

Brighton Dome is inviting visitors to travel back in time to discover the building’s fascinating history at a series of events starting this autumn. From housing the Price Regent’s horses to sheltering wounded soldiers; roller-skating Victorians to ABBA winning Eurovision, Brighton Dome has seen some unexpected moments…

Get to know: Performance Poet Francesca Beard

11 Sep 2019

This October, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is Francesca Beard, a London-based performance poet who has been called 'The Queen of British performance poetry'. We catch up with Francesca to find out…
Race Horse Company Super Sunday at Brighton Dome

What's on this Christmas at Brighton Dome

9 Sep 2019

Spreading Christmas cheer with an unmissable line-up of events, ‘tis certainly the season to be jolly as Brighton Dome brings circus, dance, film, storytelling, comedy, carol singing and more to get everyone into the festive spirit.Love Actually in ConcertThu 28 NovRomcom fans will be in for a treat with holiday favourite,…

East Sussex Music to join Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s music education service

4 Sep 2019

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has announced it will manage East Sussex Music (ESM) service and will be lead partner for the East Sussex Music Education Hub. ESM provides music lessons and activities for over 7000 children and young people in East Sussex.The partnership is part of BDBF’s commitment…
David Bowie at Brighton Dome, 23 May 1973, Photographer unknown, Saler Photographic

Rare photographs of David Bowie go on display at Brighton Dome’s Heritage Open Day

3 Sep 2019

As part of Heritage Open Day on Sat 14 Sep, newly acquired photographs of David Bowie performing at Brighton Dome will go on display in the venue for the first time. The images were originally taken at Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust concert on 23 May 1973 by an unknown photographer from the Evening Argus and Saler Photographic,…

Introducing: Drag Queen Story Time

2 Sep 2019

Drag Queen Aida H Dee joins us on Tue 29 Oct to make fairy tales come to life.  With a burst of energy and a unique look, Aida has been delighting children across the country with her high energy, high fashion shows and her wonderful approach to reading your favourite stories. Drag Queen Story Time aims…
History & Heritage

From Horrible Histories to Famous Faces Discover Brighton Dome’s Fascinating Heritage Facts

1 Sep 2019

This Autumn, Brighton Dome is celebrating its 216-year long history at open days, in talks, tours and other heritage events. Learn more about the venue through ten fascinating facts below before coming along to events this season to hear the full stories.When it was first built in 1806, the Brighton Dome roof was constructed…

Name a Brighton Dome Seat in Memory of a Loved One

30 Aug 2019

The husband of a renowned graphic designer is fundraising to name a seat in his memory in the refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. Andie Airfix created album covers for music artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and the iconic Live 8 logo. Richard Clark-Monks explains more…
Aronowitz at Brighton Dome

Hear world class chamber music at Brighton Dome’s Sunday concerts

30 Aug 2019

From Beethoven to Scottish Folk Music, Brighton Dome’s Coffee Concerts feature a diverse programme played by talent from across the country at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.The monthly events bring ensembles of award-winning musicians to University of Sussex’s Falmer arts hub with relaxed Sunday morning…

Enjoy family-friendly events at Brighton Dome

28 Aug 2019

With a whole host of events and shows for children and families, there’s fun for all the family at Brighton Dome this autumn.Drag Queen Story TimeTue 29 OctAida H Dee is the UK's finest Drag Queen with ADHD. With a burst of energy and a unique look, Aida has been delighting children across the country with her high energy,…
Ocean Film Festival at Brighton Dome

Ocean Film Festival Comes to Brighton Dome

28 Aug 2019

This October, the team behind the Banff Film Festival bring the Ocean Film Festival to Brighton Dome. This carefully curated collection of short films showcases spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet. Highlights include: Manry at SeaIn 1965, a seemingly typical middle-aged suburbanite…

Intoxicating African Performers at Brighton Dome this Autumn

27 Aug 2019

From South African villages to the suburbs of Lagos, world-class contemporary dancers and singers are bringing African inspired performances to Brighton this October and November. The iconic ballet Giselle has been fearlessly reimagined by South African artist Dada Masilo. Masilo tells the story of a village girl, dying…
Race Horse Company Super Sunday at Brighton Dome

Christmas Shows and Events at Brighton Dome

22 Aug 2019

Spreading Christmas cheer with an unmissable line-up of events, ‘tis certainly the season to be jolly as Brighton Dome brings circus, dance, film, storytelling, music and more to get everyone into the festive spirit.The Christmas programme is packed with familiar seasonal characters, including a double bill of childhood…

Nine Things to Know About Dada Masilo’s Giselle

19 Aug 2019

South African choreographer and dancer, Dada Masilo presents her fearless re-imagining of the iconic classic, Giselle at Brighton Dome on Tue 29 & Wed 30 Oct.The original ballet, which premiered in Paris in 1841, tells the story of innocent peasant girl Giselle who falls in love with the disguised…
Nina Conti in Live at Brighton Dome

Comedy at Brighton Dome

9 Aug 2019

In need of some belly laughs? We’ve got you sorted. Check out who’s coming to Brighton Dome...Live at Brighton DomeSat 5 OctLive at Brighton Dome returns in October for another evening of comedy in our iconic Concert Hall with ventriloquist star Nina Conti, rising star Lou Sanders, award-winning comedian Glenn Moore…

Music at Brighton Dome this Autumn

9 Aug 2019

We have an array of musical talent coming to Brighton Dome. From fresh, upcoming artists to artists that will make you nostalgic. Here is a quick look at who’s coming to town…The Psychedelic Furs + The Wendy James Band (Limited Availability) Fri 4 OctThe veteran post-punk band led by brothers Richard and…
Ella Morris Brighton Dome commission for Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 Artwork

Brighton Dome Unveils Public Artwork for Pride 2019

26 Jul 2019

A new public artwork celebrating the LGBTQ+ community is being unveiled to celebrate Brighton & Hove Pride 2019. The illustration has been commissioned by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, following an open call to local artists to create a mural on the building’s New Road hoardings. The large-scale…

A glimpse into our fabulous performance history

24 Jul 2019

As the city gears up for Brighton & Hove Pride 2019 we took a look at some of the many LGBTQI+ artists that have graced our stages during our 152 year-history as a performance venue.Douglas Byng’s last ever performance, Brighton Dome Pavilion Theatre, 1986Douglas Coy Byng (1893 to 1987) was a cabaret megastar. Aged…
Miss Rep presents Mirror Mirror

Miss Represented Exhibition & Screening Puts Young Women in the Picture

19 Jul 2019

A group of young women taking part in Miss Represented, Brighton Dome’s award-winning creative learning project, are staging an exhibition and film screening at the Depot in Lewes from 30 July to 4 August 2019. Mirror Mirror explores identity and perception faced by young women today and the many different sides…
Get into music with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts

Young Brighton & Hove Musicians Selected for Prestigious Concerts

8 Jul 2019

Talented young musicians from Brighton and Hove are about to go on tour in Western Bohemia, performing at the prestigious Czech Museum of Music this July. The tour is part of Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) programme of activities for students performing with Brighton Youth Orchestra and Brighton &…

Royal Pavilion Estate Works Update: Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre

5 Jul 2019

R Durtnell & Sons Ltd, the contractor working on the refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, has ceased work on site and is putting together proposals for a company voluntary arrangement. Brighton & Hove City Council has taken back the site and made it secure. They are committed to…
Icebreaker: Apollo at Brighton Dome

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings at Brighton Dome

3 Jul 2019

Everyone went mad for the moon in Queen’s Park at this year’s Brighton Festival so why not enjoy a weekend of moon related events for all ages to celebrate the official anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.Fifty years ago, on 20 July 1969, Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin marked a major milestone in scientific…

Brighton Dome’s autumn season packed with international artists & home-grown talent

1 Jul 2019

Brighton Dome is hosting some of the world’s most renowned performers, authors and artists in our venue this autumn, coming from Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and USA to showcase their new work live in Brighton. Australian stand-up and Netflix sensation Hannah Gadsby performs Douglas, a tale about…
Browntown Abbey

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival seek a local artist to create work celebrating Brighton & Hove Pride 2019

19 Jun 2019

Are you a local visual artist?To celebrate Brighton and Hove Pride 2019, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will be commissioning a local artist to produce an original piece of work to be displayed on the outdoor wooden panels running along New Road. The piece would be approximately 12 feet wide by 7 feet…

Brighton Dome is proud to support Fly the Flag campaign

17 Jun 2019

Brighton Dome is proud to support Fly the Flag, a UK-wide arts initiative marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 24 to 30 June. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has created a special flag, commissioned to educate future generations about the importance of human rights.…

The works so far: photographer Carlotta Luke shares her favourite photos from the project

12 Jun 2019

Architectural documentary photographer Carlotta Luke shares with us her favourite photos from her work documenting the grand transformation of our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre as well as the new Gallery and Creative Space.Jun 2017My first site visit to the Corn Exchange was also the first time I had been…
Theon Cross at Jazz Re:Fest

Meet the Rising Jazz Artists Performing at Jazz Re:Fest this July

10 Jun 2019

This July, we welcome the return of Jazz Re:Fest, the one-day festival showcasing the incredibly diverse world of jazz by music and arts organisation, Jazz re:freshed. Jazz Re:Fest has always prided itself on giving a platform to some of the freshest live music around and showcasing emerging and underexposed…
Childrens Parade 2019

Help shape the future of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival by joining our Board

7 Jun 2019

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) is in the process of recruiting a new Chair and now invites applications for a number of new trustees as several retire, to help take the organisation into a new phase in its history. By the end of 2019, our Chair, Polly Toynbee and the Board will have overseen the successful…
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

Brighton Dome will be one of the first 5G-enabled arts venues to transform audience experiences

1 May 2019

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has partnered with Digital Catapult to announce it will be one of the first performance, arts and cultural venues equipped with 5G technology anywhere in the UK.Over the next year, the project will develop new ideas for integrating 5G technology into the venues, such as live…

Corn Exchange & Studio Theatre Restoration Brings Statue Back to Life

23 Apr 2019

An Art Deco statue depicting the Roman Goddess of Agriculture is being restored as part of our building refurbishment. Standing above the entrance to the Corn Exchange on Church Street, Ceres was sculpted in 1935 by renowned artist James Woodford OBE RA (1893-1976).The statue was crafted by Woodford in a distinct ornamental…
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Living Dangerously: An Interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

10 Apr 2019

'The world’s greatest living explorer’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings his live show Living Dangerously to Brighton Dome this July. In this interview Sir Ranulph talks about the show, climate change and what's next...You’re heading out on tour, what will you be talking about?I’ll be talking about my life:…
The Goose Who Flew at Brighton Dome

The Goose Who Flew - Interview with performer Amber-Rose May

5 Apr 2019

Amber-Rose May is a performer and theatre maker who specialises in creating thought provoking and magical theatre for young people, allowing them to explore and understand important topics. In her new one-woman show The Goose Who Flew, for ages 3-7, she plays a range of quirky characters, using simple puppetry to…

In Photos: Building Update Mar 2019

29 Mar 2019

Take a look at the latest progress on-site, as heritage feature continue to be restored, new spaces and state-of-the-art facilities are being built. The new Gallery space is really starting to come together, with flooring being placed on the lower floor and on parts of the upper floor. These two spaces will become…

Introducing: Theatre Maker and Performer Conrad Murray

19 Mar 2019

Theatre maker and performer Conrad Murray brings Denmarked to Brighton Dome this April. Denmarked is an autobiographical performance sharing tales from the council estate of dodgy best friends, that rite of passage - your first arrest, dinner with your social worker and the Christmas dad went prison. Conrad’s…
BPT RESIZE

Brighton People’s Theatre Partner with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

15 Mar 2019

Brighton People’s Theatre (BPT), have announced a year-long programme in partnership with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA). BPT will explore whether there is an appetite for a People’s Theatre for the…
CEX Roof

Building Work Update: Accessibility Improvements

14 Mar 2019

As part of the major redevelopment works to our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, and the brand-new spaces, improvements are being made to ensure all areas are more accessible for everyone.This includes new and accessible toilets, new hearing assistance systems, and a new public lift inside the Ticket Office, providing…
Subira Trope

Introducing: Spoken Word Artist Subira Wahogo

6 Feb 2019

This Spring, we present a spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Trope will feature top UK artists, local musicians, a poet in residence, poetry film and an open mic.Each Trope has a theme and this time round we’re tackling ‘Hope’.…
Comeidan Ray Bradshaw presents Deaf Comedy Fam at Brighton Dome

Interview: Ray Bradshaw

1 Feb 2019

Two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ray Bradshaw brings Deaf Comedy Fam to Brighton. Full of hilarious, revealing stories about growing up with deaf parents, Deaf Comedy Fam, is the first comedy show performed simultaneously in both spoken English and British Sign Language – which happens to be…

Miss Represented Launches New Documentary

17 Jan 2019

Miss Represented is a creative arts project working with young women, using the arts for personal development and social change. Here they tell us about their brand new documentary.In 2017 we took our cross-art show Can You See Me Now? out on tour. It was epic, from beginning to end! The making process involved our weekly…
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Blog: Ian Brignall Introduces Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra's Spring Concerts

16 Jan 2019

Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall introduces the second half of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome.If the first half of this Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2018/19 season captivated your musical senses, the next four concerts have got amazing…
YAMATO

Introducing: Interview with Yamato Drummer Gen Hidaka

7 Jan 2019

Back by popular demand the world-renowned Taiko drummers, Yamato bring their high-energy and immersive show Jhonetsu (Passion) to Brighton Dome. The 12-strong troupe have captivated audiences across the globe, demonstrating their immense skill in the traditional art of Taiko drumming and epitomising the Japanese…