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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.
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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 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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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. 

During lockdown in 2020 the eleven members of Bellowhead first re-connected online to remotely record New York Girls - At Home. That led to re-uniting in person for a one-off performance which was streamed to mark the anniversary of Hedonism. 
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Could there be anything more contemporary than a comedy show with masks which looks to bring people together? That's what Nina Conti is aiming to achieve with The Dating Show, her new show coming to Brighton Dome next Tuesday 30th November, 
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New York's We Are Scientists, who returned last month with, Huffy, their first album in over three years, are set to play Concorde 2, Brighton, in December.

Nic Cester is renowned for his debut solo album Sugar Rush as well as being part of the all-star rock n' roll collective The Jaded Hearts Club and for his huge breakthrough success with Jet. 

Co-writer Henry Lewis Olivier, of West End hit, Groan Ups, talks about the comedic coming-of-age production that is playing Theatre Royal Brighton until the end of this week.
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Brighton Festival, the biggest annual multi-arts festival in England returns next May with boundary-breaking contemporary dance from Hofesh Shechter Company and innovative theatre from the critically-acclaimed Wise Children.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival has added a host of acts to the line-up for next summer's event, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 1st – 3rd 2022.
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Artist Amartey Golding's largest work to date - which is on display at Brighton's Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, - encompasses an ornate handcrafted garment, two films and a photographic series that applies rituals of healing to the concept of White British Trauma. 

Theatrical percussion group Stomp is returning home to the city where it all began in early 2022 – all in the name of raising funds for a much-loved Brighton venue.

In September, Placebo resurfaced from a long hibernation to release their first single in five years – and first from the new album - Beautiful James

Music Beyond Mainstream and partner venue Brighton Dome are presenting a short online film to highlight alternative Christmas stories that will resonate with anyone who may feel isolated or disconnected from the festive season. 

Are you ready to step through the door marked No. 9? Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith will be bringing their An Evening Inside No. 9 show to Brighton, next month. 

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