Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Friday 30 October 2020

Bring Back Brighton Dome Crowdfunder Success Sees City Venue Smash Its Target

Supporters of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival have raised over £70,000 towards the crowdfunding campaign #BringBackBrightonDome.

In just 42 days, 963 donors contributed to the final total which was initially set at £25,000, when it launched on 8th September as part of the nationwide #SaveOurTheatres campaign. 

The community appeal featured rewards for supporters to purchase, including art prints by renowned artists and designers from Brighton Festival's archive.

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

"We couldn't have done this without the generosity of the artists and designers who gave permission for us to reproduce their work and to local businesses for their time and effort. 

"This financial help, together with the award we received from the government"s Cultural Recovery Fund, means we can be optimistic about bringing arts and culture back to the venue and the wider community in the future." 


Following Brighton Dome's closure in March and the cancellation of Brighton Festival 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation lost 67% of its self-generated income through ticket sales and events. 

The 1,800 capacity Concert Hall is only able to offer vastly reduced attendances of socially distanced performances and the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatres are undergoing major refurbishment until autumn 2021. 

The registered arts charity asked the public to help raise funds towards the additional £250,000 needed by the organisation to recover over the next year.

Remaining art prints are available to purchase online from Brighton based fine art studio, The Private Press, proceeds from sales go towards Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival's fundraising: www.theprivatepress.org/shop/brighton-festival

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Sussex's countryside event, the South of England Show, returned last weekend after a year off due to the pandemic.  
Credit Karina Barberis

In a world where we're taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Brighton-bound Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland's unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. 
Credit Sam Lee

Charleston's beautiful walled garden was a canvas, a studio, a prop store, a stage, a sanctuary, and once again this summer, it will be a place to learn and be inspired.

Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 

Brighton based rap artist Milky is keeping it local by releasing his debut single I Miss You Mum on We Are Not Saints, a non-profit record label and live music company that solely works with musicians in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. 

Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months.
Credit: Damien Hyde

Covid-19 was the catalyst that forced Scott Matthews to scale a musical Everest with his recently released seventh album New Skin

A founder member of acclaimed electronic rock group Death in Vegas has formed a new Country & Western band. While that might catch fans by surprise, Steve Hellier says that with new act Django Rhinestone he's actually returning to his musical roots. 

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage announce a forthcoming project, Remote Reminiscence – Getting Elders Online, beginning in September 2021.
Credit Christie Godwin

Singer and songwriter Imelda May's recently released sixth studio album 11 Past The Hour - her first new music in four years - is a record filled with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her at her most authentic.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK's foremost electronic music and networking event has teamed with Brighton nightclub The Arch for a special event on Sunday 27th June 2021.
Credit Edward Gilroy

Saving Grace will be visiting De La Warr Pavilion next month, featuring Robert Plant OBE on vocals. This will be the singer's first time performing at the East Sussex venue based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Credit Mike Hoban

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 continues in June with further performances of Kát'a Kabanová and Il turco in Italia and a concert from Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that explores ancient and modern English music.

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd