Help Build Brighton Dome

Help us breathe new life into our historic venue and build more dynamic spaces for all to enjoy.

We are refurbishing our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre to improve your experiences at our pioneering events. Along with reviving long-lost heritage features, we are also building a dedicated creative space for workshops and rehearsals, a delightful street-facing café and other public spaces in the venue where you can hang out, relax and enjoy the iconic architecture at the heart of our city.

With over 90% of funding in place, you can help us go all the way.

Imagine Brighton & Hove’s most historic multi-arts venue restored and revived.

Build a future for our community with the south coast’s premier arts charity

Be there to support and enjoy our new spaces and even more life-changing and pioneering arts events

Help build lasting memories

Do you remember the first band you saw bring the Corn Exchange to life with sound? Or were you surprised at how close you got to your favourite comedian in our intimate Studio Theatre? You may remember a fond moment of receiving your graduation, getting married or watching your child perform on our stages for the first time.

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival stands for everyone. Every show, every performance, every event is for you, our loyal visitors, our community and our artists.

Imagine Brighton’s most historic performance venue. Build a future for our community with the South Coast’s premier arts charity. Be there to support our new spaces and experience life changing events.

Our refurbishment will equip us with even more versatility and state-of-the-art facilities. This means we will be able host bigger and better shows and offer you more choice, in more comfort.

We are in the business of building lasting memories for you.

  • At least 1 in 4 houses in your street will have visited our venue
  • In 2017 660,000 people had a culturally memorable experience at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
  • Over 17,000 people took part in projects that help develop creativity, confidence and self-resilience
  • Our ground-breaking programme has had over 30 world and UK premiers to the residents of Brighton & Hove
  • Help build new spaces to inspire creativity and confidence

Our community

As an arts charity we champion the power of the arts to enrich and change lives. We are extremely proud to programme and host many projects that inspire people from all walks of life to grow their confidence, build their self-esteem and enhance well-being through arts based projects.

“The arts should be in our communities” Kate Tempest Guest Director 2017

Miss Represented is an arts collective of vulnerable women who come together to create work that is then presented in our venues to the public.

With Your Place, we take artists to the doorsteps of families who may otherwise find it hard to attend events in central Brighton. The programme of free events is produced with local community hubs, such as youth centres, and aims to break down barriers to the arts and introduce new experiences.

Other projects include Umbrella Club for children with life-limiting conditions, and Three Score Dance Company which was created to offer contemporary dance opportunities for people aged over 60.

With your help and with our funding in place, we can use our contacts and skills to develop even more life-changing programmes and bring more projects to areas of Brighton & Hove that might otherwise have been overlooked

"I genuinely didn't think I had a future before and now there's so many other ways I can go" Miss Represented participant

  • In 2017 17,725 people took part in creative learning activities
  • Each year we reach over 20,000 children and young people
  • We regularly consult with teachers, Pupil Referral Units, NGOs, other charities, and young people

Our Artists

We are focused on attracting talent that has an affinity with the spirit of Brighton. Our first artist in residence Hofesh Schecter’s career has gone from strength to strength to a celebrated dance choreographer, artist and in 2014 our Guest Director. We nurture the mutually beneficial relationship that brings innovative quality to a wide audience.

We constantly encourage the unexpected when it comes to supporting artists. Current associate artists, Blast Theory have collaborated with Brighton Festival many times to produce immersive pieces of theatre that ask the audience to think about our digital world and push boundaries, often asking difficult questions.

"I like how the arts have no real borders between them, how all the different arts cross fertilise each other, even create each other" Ali Smith, Guest Director, 2015

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has a bespoke relationship with each artist that we work with in that we have no fixed criteria on what we expect which is crucial in supporting unique talent and working style.

We will develop ways for our artists cutting-edge experiments to be discovered and seen through the prism of the Prince Regent's own passion for the new, the experimental and the exotic.

Help build on history and heritage at the heart of the city

Our venues have staged over 150 years of ground breaking, innovative programming. Converted into a performance space in 1867 audiences have enjoyed a dazzling array of artists, dancers, musicians, actors and directors. From Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen to Royal Blood and Bonobo with all the late Dancing Queens in between.

Perhaps most famously in 1974 Brighton Dome hosted the Eurovision Song Contest where the Swedish legends ABBA won with their timeless hit ‘Waterloo’.

Our building project is a brilliant opportunity to illuminate the diversity of our programming and to showcase the world’s leading artists that have passed through our doors.

We are always making history

The importance of our buildings to Brighton is significant. Brighton Dome is the first building of the Regency culture in Brighton and the Corn Exchange roof is the widest span timber frame building in the country.

"It’s a fantastic building and an exciting challenge’ Peter Clegg, Architect, FCBS

Prince Regent built Brighton Dome over 200 years ago as a rather grand riding house and stables. Later, Victorian gentry donned their roller-skates and rumbled and roared under the grand arches of our Corn Exchange. During WWI, over 4,000 soldiers were nursed back to health in a make-shift hospital sited across the Royal Pavilion Estate. And in WW2, allied soldiers danced their cares away every Saturday night with local Brightonians.

Brighton Dome has been an art installation, a thwarted suffragette protest, a boxing ring, a conference hall, held graduation ceremonies and is of course responsible for hundreds of eclectic performances.

Build our future legacy

This project is the first step in a longer journey to reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate and create a bolder, bigger and more resilient world-class centre for heritage, culture and the performing arts.

Together, we aim to protect the future heritage of this nationally important Estate, to boost its ability to contribute to Brighton’s economy and cultural tourism.