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Monday 22 November 2021

Support The Arts This Christmas: Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Seek Crucial Source Of Revenue

This Christmas instead of stressing about what gifts to buy friends and family, why not choose a unique surprise from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) that will help support the arts charity in its recovery from the pandemic.
Credit Steve Bell

A selection of Brighton Festival archive artworks dating back 50 years, have been re-created as striking high-quality screen prints that will delight art lovers and retro graphic design geeks. 

From the 1971 brochure cover, featuring a colourful illustration of the famous Royal Pavilion dome to Turner prize nominee David Shrigley's 2018 drawing. 

Other well-known names include cartoonist Steve Bell's 1998 satirical city-scape and the late pop artist Martin Sharp's fireworks over Brighton pier from 1988. 

The artworks have been hand-printed in limited editions by Brighton-based fine art studio, The Private Press, with prices from £90 with the option for framing the print so it's ready to hang.

Following Brighton Dome's re-opening and Brighton Festival's return, their annual membership scheme is an affordable option to give fans of live events exclusive benefits, including invitations to member-only events, discounts on food and drink in the café-bar and priority booking for sell-out shows. 

Priced at just £35 (or £60 for a joint membership), it's an easy way to give a cultural Christmas gift to a loved one that lasts all year round. Gift vouchers are also a fun way to help towards the cost of purchasing tickets to forthcoming events including comedy, music and talks.

During the coronavirus pandemic, BDBF lost 67% of its self-generated income due to a long period of closure. 

The sale of Christmas gifts will provide a crucial source of revenue which will help the venue and the annual arts festival to programme events but also provides support to artists to develop and bring their work to the city and offer arts projects in the wider community.

All prints are available to purchase online from

by: Mike Cobley


The First Release of Brighton Fringe events will feature comedy from Paralympic, World Championship and European Championship dressage medallist Ricky Balshaw; Love and Money, a play by internationally-acclaimed writer Dennis Kelly and the return of award-winning comedy actress Joanna Neary with a show based on her comedy podcast Wife On Earth.

On the 21st December hundreds of people will walk 5k to support the NSPCC. Landmarks across the UK, including the BA i360 in Brighton and Lancing College Chapel are also supporting the charity by lighting up and turning the NSPCC's trademark green colour.

Creative Learning at Theatre Royal Brighton runs a programme of workshops, performances, talks, tours and events alongside the shows on its stage. 

Mr Bruce - former frontman of The Correspondents - marks the start of his solo career in spectacular style with the release of Race To Nowhere [Part One], and a date at Brighton's Green Door Store.

Following last year’s virtual sing-along, Brighton Festival Chorus (BFC) returns to the stage for its annual Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday 12 December at 4pm. 
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Budding young circus performers are preparing to take to the stage at Brighton Dome this December, with help from professional artists from Circolombia.

When the lights go up at the start of the performances of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show at The Brighton Centre next month, the excitement will be palpable, not just from the audience but very much from all the performers too.

The Beatles famously turned their back on touring towards the end of their career but The Bootleg Beatles, due to Covid, as with the rest of the industry were forced into an unwanted hiatus. 
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Komedia has teamed up with leading independent comedy promoters Little Wander for a fresh take on their weekend stand-up comedy offering.

After years spent living on opposite sides of the Atlantic world events threw Laura Mary Carter and Steven Ansell of Brighton's Blood Red Shoes back together into what has become the must fruitful era of their 17 years together. 
Florin and Charlie

Over one-hundred Brighton residents have been offered full or part time roles on-site at the £120 million Edward Street Quarter development as part of an ongoing social value commitment to support the local community.

The South-East's largest charity supporting vulnerable young people, YMCA DownsLink Group, has launched its Christmas fundraising appeal
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Brighton city centre will once again be filled with a sea of colour and creativity as thousands of school children, teachers and volunteers celebrate the return of the Brighton Festival Children's Parade after a two-year gap on Saturday 7th May 2022.
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This year, Towner Eastbourne invited members of the LGBTQIA+ community in East Sussex to take part in a unique creative project, exploring personal responses to artworks in the Towner Collection, through a queer lens. 

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