Frequently asked questions

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Who are we?

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival is a registered charity that aims to spread artistic engagement throughout Brighton & Hove and our surrounding areas. The Brighton Dome is a listed Regency build. The concert hall began life as stables for the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

Some of the world's greatest performers have graced our performance stages from Eurovision winners Abba to Hofesh Shecter’s celebrated dance company and local punk band Royal Blood. We want to retain our position as the first choice for artists when they come to the city as well as nurture home grown artists.

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival has a program of community outreach including our flagship Miss Represented project for vulnerable young women and the Your Place initiative started for the Festival in 2017 with our guest director Kate Tempest. The renovations for the Dome will create new community spaces for everyone.

How can I get involved?

Fantastic news, we’d love to have you on board. You can sign up as an ambassador to help spread the word! You can also donate.

What are the key benefits of the project for Brighton & Hove?

This redevelopment will preserve the memories of our community, from your graduation ceremonies, first dates, the night you fell in love with jazz and the first time you saw your child perform on stage.

Brighton and Hove attracts over 8.5 million tourists a year and is the lifeblood for many businesses within the city. The Royal Pavilion Estate (of which Brighton Dome is included) is one of our top attractions. This heritage project is phase one of a larger redevelopment of the whole estate and gardens over the next few years and will increase visitor number by 20%.

Increasing visitor numbers by 2020 aims to bring £6m of economic benefit and create 116 new jobs plus 277 construction jobs and 44 apprenticeships during the build. Additionally, the scheme will act as a catalyst for the creation of 60 new creative and cultural apprenticeships across the estate and 150 accredited training places for volunteers, from currently underrepresented communities.

What is the total cost for the project?

The total cost for Phase one is £21.2 million. The majority of funds towards the phase one costs have now been secured from a range of sources, including major contributions from National Lottery players via Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as commitments from a number of charitable trusts and individual donors.

This is why it’s so important we have community support to raise the last little pieces of the puzzle and we can’t do that without you.

What will the new building look like?

Improvements you can look forward to:

  • A magnificent light-filled Corn Exchange viewing gallery
  • A street-facing café, opening out onto New Road with terrace seating
  • A new artist's creation space for rehearsals, workshops and community events
  • New entrances to the Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre, and Ticket Office to improve access
  • A restoration of the original timber and cast-iron roof structure in the Corn Exchange

Brighton Dome Concert Hall will remain open for business as usual throughout the redevelopment period.

Where are we in the process?

Having completed the initial development designs for the project, award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB) were appointed in July 2015. Planning permission and listed building consent were granted for the Phase one works in November 2015.

Preparatory works, consisting of essential maintenance, decoration and repairs as well some relocation of staff and technical equipment, began in autumn 2016 to help smooth the way for construction starting in the New Year.

In January 2017 Britain's oldest and most established building company, R. Durtnell and Sons Limited, were appointed by Brighton & Hove City Council as contractors to start works on transforming the Grade 1 listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Grade 2 listed Studio Theatre. Construction began in February 2017.

How long will the building take?

Construction is ongoing with an estimated completion date of Spring 2019. Works will be staged and the Dome Concert Hall will remain open throughout the redevelopment.

Are my credit card details safe?

Yes, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival use an off-site payment processor called Stipe to process our credit and debit card transactions.

What will you do with my data?

We take data protection seriously and we would never pass your details to an external organisation. Read more about our privacy policy.