Freelance Task Force Gets Underway with Brighton Appointment

12 Jun 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is part of the national initiative to establish a Freelance Task Force to help support and raise awareness of the importance of theatre and performance creatives during this period of uncertainty for the arts profession. Read the Open Letter here. We are delighted to announce…

Future Creators Collective Invests in Young Peoples’ Skills and Well-Being

8 Jun 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is proud to partner with Future Creators to offer employment skills and opportunities for children and young adults across the region.Future Creators, formerly known as 'Our Future City', is a collective of organisations spanning the creative industries, local businesses, youth groups,…

Corn Exchange Building Refurbishment Update

5 Jun 2020

Contractors working on the refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre have continued to progress with essential works to protect and conserve the historic Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. Since lockdown was implemented, Westridge Construction have been complying with government guidelines on…
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Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Supports #FreelanceTaskForce

29 May 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is committed to supporting freelance theatre and performance creatives during these uncertain times. Along with more than 138 other arts organisations we signed this open letter and are offering a paid freelance contract for three months this summer.The Freelance Task Force member…

Brighton Festival looks forward to 2021 with Lemn Sissay returning as Guest Director

28 May 2020

Following Brighton Festival’s digital programme during lockdown, poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE has confirmed he will return as guest director in 2021. Brighton Festival at Home featured a selection of artists and events that were due to take place across the city in May. The alternative version attracted…

Photographer Jamie Macmillan’s Top 5 Brighton Dome Gigs

22 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer and regular at Brighton Dome. We look back at some of his favourite gigs at Brighton Dome. IDLES IDLES are a band very close to my heart and were actually the opening act at the very first gig I got to shoot, at Concorde 2 back in 2016. I’d been lucky…

Interview: Freelance Photographer Jamie Macmillan

21 Apr 2020

Jamie Macmillan is a freelance event and portrait photographer based in Brighton. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and to take a look back at some of his favourite moments at Brighton Dome.What do you love about your job?I love capturing the energy and the atmosphere of the night. The happy faces in…

Teachers Get Ready to Help Young People Keep Making Music During Lockdown

20 Apr 2020

School children and young people across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are being offered online lessons during the Covid-19 lockdown to help them keep making music. The education music service run by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) normally teaches over 5,000…

Rescheduled and Cancelled Shows

19 Apr 2020

Despite the current disruptions due to Coronavirus, we are pleased to announce the following events have been rescheduled and will still take place at a future date. Tickets for the new dates are on sale and all tickets from the original dates are still valid. If you booked one of these events, you will have been emailed. See…
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From Horrible Histories to Famous Faces Discover Brighton Dome’s Fascinating Heritage Facts

14 Apr 2020

Brighton Dome boasts a 217-year long history, learn more about the venue with our ten fascinating factsWhen it was first built in 1806, the Brighton Dome roof was constructed of thousands of panes of glass. At the time it was the second largest dome shaped building in the country, after St Paul’s Cathedral. The 174-metre-long…
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Thank You For Your Support

23 Mar 2020

It is with great sadness that we have had to close the doors of Brighton Dome and cancel Brighton Festival in light of the current climate. As you can imagine, this wasn’t an easy decision to make but something we felt was right for not only our audience but staff and artists involved. Since sharing…

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

6 Mar 2020

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,…
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International Women’s Day 2020: Women and the Climate Emergency

26 Feb 2020

On Sat 7 Mar, Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC) will host the city’s largest annual International Women’s Day celebrations in partnership with Brighton Dome and Royal Pavilion & Museums.With gender equality firmly on the agenda, this free and inclusive event celebrates women’s achievements while raising…
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Brighton Dome Access Scheme Launches at Open Day

20 Feb 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has launched a new service to assist visitors with disabilities and other access needs to make their experience at the venue easier and more enjoyable. The Access Scheme enables customers who have additional requirements to book accessible seats, arrange for venue staff to assist…
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Who were the suffragettes found hiding in Brighton Dome's organ?

6 Feb 2020

Brighton Dome was an important centre of activity for Brighton members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early twentieth century, with suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence and Lady Emily Lutyens at the forefront of the WSPU. In 2018, Brighton Dome was officially…
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Get to know: Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis

6 Feb 2020

Pee Wee Ellis is heading on tour this spring with a new show that tells the story of funk. FUNK: A Music Revolution kicks off at Brighton Dome on Sat 29 Feb. Pee Wee leads the show, with co-curator China Moses and a line-up including world-renowned musicians, Brighton local Omar MBE, rapper Lady Sanity and dance…

The end of the world will be broadcast from Worthing in Brighton Festival 2020 theatre show

30 Jan 2020

The classic science fiction story, The War of the Worlds is playfully reimagined for the Fake News generation.Adapted by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, the show comes to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre next May as part of Brighton Festival 2020. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ legendary…

Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban dance company to Brighton Dome

29 Jan 2020

Following the success of Acosta Danza’s Brighton debut in 2017, the critically acclaimed Cuban company return to Brighton Dome on 17 & 18 Mar 2020 with Evolution as part of a UK-wide spring tour. With a programme of four new and existing dance works, the company will be joined on stage by world renowned…
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Bring on the FUNK! A music revolution kicks off at Brighton Dome this February

27 Jan 2020

James Brown collaborator Pee Wee Ellis and singer China Moses bring FUNK: A Music Revolution to Brighton Dome on Sat 29 February, celebrating the genre’s influence featuring a line-up of renowned musicians channelling the spirit of funk across the generations. Renowned saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis co-wrote the…

Get to know: Poet Joelle Taylor

24 Jan 2020

This March, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes. Headlining Trope is award-winning poet, playwright and author Joelle Taylor. Joelle has performed her poetry internationally and is host and editor of Out-Spoken…

Memory Making with Brighton Dome’s Umbrella Club

22 Jan 2020

Umbrella Club is a Brighton Dome initiative for children and young people with long-term illnesses and life-shortening conditions and their families or carers. The club provides free invitations to a range of Brighton Dome events to offer fun experiences in a safe space that creates meaningful memories. In previous…
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation supports Brighton & Hove young musicians to ‘unlock hidden talents’

21 Jan 2020

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s music education service, led by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) has received a grant of £15,000 from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support children who wouldn’t normally have access to music making.The SoundCity Young Musicians Bursary Scheme provides…

Zog and Peppa take centre stage at Brighton Dome family shows

16 Jan 2020

Families looking for things to keep little people entertained over the spring school holidays can find a whole range of events at Brighton Dome. During February half term, everyone’s favourite dragon, Zog takes to the stage in a new adaption by Freckle Productions. Based on the bestselling children’s book…
Brighton Dome Concert Hall after its 1867 transformation by architect Philip Lockwood

Heritage Talk: Women in Entertainment with Louise Peskett

14 Jan 2020

Louise Peskett joins us on Fri 7 Feb for a lunchtime talk delving into the history of women entertainers who have appeared in some of Brighton’s much-loved venues, including our very own Concert Hall. We speak to Louise to find out more about the notorious women of Brighton and what to expect from her talk. Hi…

Music at Brighton Dome

13 Jan 2020

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…ClannadMon 23 MarClannad fuse elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock. The Grammy and BAFTA award…

Amadou & Mariam and the Blind Boys of Alabama

11 Jan 2020

Malian duo Amadou & Mariam will be performing with Grammy award-winning the Blind Boys of Alabama exclusively at Brighton Festival in May ahead of their London date.Amadou & Mariam made a name for themselves playing Malian blues. They have released a string of acclaimed albums, working with…

Everything you need to know about Lemn Sissay

10 Jan 2020

The much-loved British and Ethiopian poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE is Brighton Festival’s Guest Director in 2020. Here are a few interesting facts about Lemn’s life and work.Aged 21, Lemn published his first book of poems, Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, and sold it in pubs, at political…

First Show Announced for Brighton Festival 2020

10 Jan 2020

Brighton Festival, the biggest annual multi-arts festival in England returns next year from 2 to 24 May 2020 with a world première by Hofesh Shechter Company.Double Murder is a thrilling new two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multitalented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten…

From Tea Dances to Rock n Roll, Bring Your Stories to Life for Our Heritage Project

9 Jan 2020

Were you mesmerised by Pink Floyd’s first performance of Dark Side of the Moon? Did you sneak into David Bowie’s infamous 1973 Ziggy Stardust gig as a teenager? Have you got a special memory of taking part in Brighton Festival Children’s Parade? Or did you ever perform on the Brighton Dome stage?Brighton Dome &…