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Arts & Theatre

Arts & Theatre

Brighton is well-known for being a creative and diverse hub for culture. Artists flock to the town to be part of this creative community and to enjoy its beautiful surroundings. The town is bursting with exciting and eclectic galleries, theatres and performance venues. Here are our top tips for arts and performance in Brighton…
 
If you are big on your West End star-studded productions head to Theatre Royal Brighton where you can enjoy epic musical revivals in the surroundings of this grade II listed building. Just across the road situated next to the magnificent Royal Pavilion is Brighton Dome, an impressive multi-arts venue with a varied and eclectic programme. Brighton Dome provides a unique space to bring the arts alive and the venue is committed to bringing all kinds of art to a diverse audience. Based in the heart of North Laine, Komedia is a live entertainment venue staging everything from music to cabaret to comedy. If you are looking for something slightly alternative, head to fringe venue, The Marlborough Pub and Theatre, which has a key focus on programming queer and LGBT performance events including hosting the popular Brighton Pride Street Party. Take a journey north of the city centre and go to Brighton Open Air Theatre for that perfect summer’s night out.
 
Dotted all over the town, you’ll discover Brighton has an endless number of art galleries and spaces dedicated to celebrating traditional and contemporary art forms as well as supporting the city’s vibrant art scene. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is housed in the pretty Royal Pavilion Gardens. The Art Gallery has some exciting and innovative displays including fashion, 20th century design and fine art as well a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. The University of Brighton Gallery presents the work of its student as well as work by artists connected to the university. Fabrica is a visual arts organisation where artists collaborate with the gallery to create work for their major exhibitions as well as offering a number of learning opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities. Graffiti and street art plays a big role in the urban art scene in Brighton, take a walk around North Laine and look out for iconic work by Banksy and Cassette Lord. Go to Prescription Art to see more of the best street art and graffiti art in the UK.
 
If the sun is shining and you want some seaside air, follow Brighton & Hove City Council’s Public Art Trails. There are four routes to explore Brighton’s public artworks. The trails take you through the city centre, neighbouring Hove and on a night trail specifically created to give you the chance to fully appreciate the artworks that use light and illumination.

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