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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




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