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Multimillion pound redevelopment plans for Brighton Dome revealed

The Argus: REFURBISHMENT: Brighton Dome and Festival REFURBISHMENT: Brighton Dome and Festival

A multimillion pound redevelopment of an historic arts centre could be on the cards.

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival has been handed about £200,000 from the Arts Council to draw up plans to improve its listed venues in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton.

Bosses at the organisation claim it is the first step towards a wider redevelopment project which will help secure its long-term sustainability.

They add it forms a major part of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival’s 2020 vision: to be one of Europe’s leading arts festivals and a year-round destination for artists and audiences.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “Brighton Dome is a key part of the Royal Pavilion Estate and the city’s rich heritage.

“We want to ensure that it is preserved whilst it also continues to flourish as a vibrant cultural destination for residents, audiences, artists and visitors.

“With these plans we have an opportunity to make our organization more sustainable and enhance everyone’s experience of Brighton’s Cultural Quarter.

“We look forward to developing our plans in partnership with the local community over the coming months and ensuring we can continue to be a sustainable, innovative organisation and act as a bridge to the arts for all.”

The funding, announced this morning, will go towards drawing up detailed plans.

Arts Council England has promised investment of £5.8m into the project should plans be successfully developed to the next stage.

Among the proposals will be opening up the buildings to the wider public, creating an education hub and improving and expanding the venues - Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

Sally Abbott, south east regional director at Arts Council England, said: “Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival is an important asset for Brighton and Hove and the south east, attracting arts and cultural audiences in their thousands and ploughing millions of pounds into the local economy each year.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be inviting Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to apply for stage two of our large-scale capital funding programme to revitalise its beautiful heritage venues.

“This development will secure and further promote the venue’s position as a world-class cultural venue for future audiences to enjoy.”

For full details on the plans see tomorrow’s Argus.

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12:40pm Tue 22 Jan 13

SGK2000 says...

Doesn't sem that long ago when it was last done.
Doesn't sem that long ago when it was last done. SGK2000
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1:48pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Rita Snatch says...

The last upgrade was completed about ten years ago - and that was a fantastic improvement.
The last upgrade was completed about ten years ago - and that was a fantastic improvement. Rita Snatch
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1:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Andre Spooner says...

I for one have to say that I am very excited about this. My Mighty Horse and I regularly enjoy attending concerts and performances at the Dome, and we have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see such unique festival events such as the Colossal Goat Stack of 2004, where five hundred goats of different varieties were placed in a teetering pyramid in the centre of the Brighton Dome, and were gently and elegantly rotated on a vast sea of ball-bearings, accompanied by the deep and mesmerising hum of the Royal Pavilion Tuba Ensemble. It is moments like this that make you remember what a remarkable city you live in.

Both myself and my Mighty Horse have been involved in the consultation process, and have submitted some of our ideas for the regeneration of Brighton's "cultural quarter". Some of the city's older residents will join me in mourning the loss of the Horse Dance Arena, which once stood in the location now taken up by the American Express building on Eastern Road. I remember whooping for joy whilst watching the horses performing their intricate and fascinating dances. If the Arts Council see fit to return such a glorious horse dance to this city, I am sure I would not be the only person filled with joy.

In the meantime, I am involved in secretive rehearsals for what shall surely be the pinnacle of the Brighton Festival this year. My Mighty Horse has been learning his moves with a keen dedication, whilst I have been stitching our Fine Suits of Tin Foil and preparing the Glorious Fanfare on the Newly-Rediscovered Trumpet of Spooner. I am wary to give too much away at this stage, but I can assure you that this will be a spectacle that will be talked about for many years to come.

And from the summit of the Dome! Upon Mighty Horse! A trumpet sounds! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
I for one have to say that I am very excited about this. My Mighty Horse and I regularly enjoy attending concerts and performances at the Dome, and we have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see such unique festival events such as the Colossal Goat Stack of 2004, where five hundred goats of different varieties were placed in a teetering pyramid in the centre of the Brighton Dome, and were gently and elegantly rotated on a vast sea of ball-bearings, accompanied by the deep and mesmerising hum of the Royal Pavilion Tuba Ensemble. It is moments like this that make you remember what a remarkable city you live in. Both myself and my Mighty Horse have been involved in the consultation process, and have submitted some of our ideas for the regeneration of Brighton's "cultural quarter". Some of the city's older residents will join me in mourning the loss of the Horse Dance Arena, which once stood in the location now taken up by the American Express building on Eastern Road. I remember whooping for joy whilst watching the horses performing their intricate and fascinating dances. If the Arts Council see fit to return such a glorious horse dance to this city, I am sure I would not be the only person filled with joy. In the meantime, I am involved in secretive rehearsals for what shall surely be the pinnacle of the Brighton Festival this year. My Mighty Horse has been learning his moves with a keen dedication, whilst I have been stitching our Fine Suits of Tin Foil and preparing the Glorious Fanfare on the Newly-Rediscovered Trumpet of Spooner. I am wary to give too much away at this stage, but I can assure you that this will be a spectacle that will be talked about for many years to come. And from the summit of the Dome! Upon Mighty Horse! A trumpet sounds! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again! Andre Spooner
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2:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

gusset snatcher says...

Andre Spooner wrote:
I for one have to say that I am very excited about this. My Mighty Horse and I regularly enjoy attending concerts and performances at the Dome, and we have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see such unique festival events such as the Colossal Goat Stack of 2004, where five hundred goats of different varieties were placed in a teetering pyramid in the centre of the Brighton Dome, and were gently and elegantly rotated on a vast sea of ball-bearings, accompanied by the deep and mesmerising hum of the Royal Pavilion Tuba Ensemble. It is moments like this that make you remember what a remarkable city you live in.

Both myself and my Mighty Horse have been involved in the consultation process, and have submitted some of our ideas for the regeneration of Brighton's "cultural quarter". Some of the city's older residents will join me in mourning the loss of the Horse Dance Arena, which once stood in the location now taken up by the American Express building on Eastern Road. I remember whooping for joy whilst watching the horses performing their intricate and fascinating dances. If the Arts Council see fit to return such a glorious horse dance to this city, I am sure I would not be the only person filled with joy.

In the meantime, I am involved in secretive rehearsals for what shall surely be the pinnacle of the Brighton Festival this year. My Mighty Horse has been learning his moves with a keen dedication, whilst I have been stitching our Fine Suits of Tin Foil and preparing the Glorious Fanfare on the Newly-Rediscovered Trumpet of Spooner. I am wary to give too much away at this stage, but I can assure you that this will be a spectacle that will be talked about for many years to come.

And from the summit of the Dome! Upon Mighty Horse! A trumpet sounds! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again!
You should write a novel, your work reminds me a little of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude
[quote][p][bold]Andre Spooner[/bold] wrote: I for one have to say that I am very excited about this. My Mighty Horse and I regularly enjoy attending concerts and performances at the Dome, and we have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see such unique festival events such as the Colossal Goat Stack of 2004, where five hundred goats of different varieties were placed in a teetering pyramid in the centre of the Brighton Dome, and were gently and elegantly rotated on a vast sea of ball-bearings, accompanied by the deep and mesmerising hum of the Royal Pavilion Tuba Ensemble. It is moments like this that make you remember what a remarkable city you live in. Both myself and my Mighty Horse have been involved in the consultation process, and have submitted some of our ideas for the regeneration of Brighton's "cultural quarter". Some of the city's older residents will join me in mourning the loss of the Horse Dance Arena, which once stood in the location now taken up by the American Express building on Eastern Road. I remember whooping for joy whilst watching the horses performing their intricate and fascinating dances. If the Arts Council see fit to return such a glorious horse dance to this city, I am sure I would not be the only person filled with joy. In the meantime, I am involved in secretive rehearsals for what shall surely be the pinnacle of the Brighton Festival this year. My Mighty Horse has been learning his moves with a keen dedication, whilst I have been stitching our Fine Suits of Tin Foil and preparing the Glorious Fanfare on the Newly-Rediscovered Trumpet of Spooner. I am wary to give too much away at this stage, but I can assure you that this will be a spectacle that will be talked about for many years to come. And from the summit of the Dome! Upon Mighty Horse! A trumpet sounds! Bravo! Bravo! Spooner rides again![/p][/quote]You should write a novel, your work reminds me a little of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude gusset snatcher
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5:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

censored says...

Brighton Dome is one of the very best music and arts venues in the UK. I hope this makes it even better.
Brighton Dome is one of the very best music and arts venues in the UK. I hope this makes it even better. censored
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