Brighton Dome launches urgent fundraiser to help it reopen next year

BRIGHTON Dome has launched an urgent campaign to raise funds.

The venue’s Corn Exchange and Studio Theater are due to reopen soon after five years of renovations, but rising energy costs and the impact of the pandemic have left the Dome short of funds.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said the cost of running their events and venues rose nearly 230 per cent almost overnight in April, with further increases expected – even with additional government support.

He said: “Over the last few years our supporters have been instrumental in helping us rebuild Brighton Dome and recover from the pandemic.

“Now our renovation is almost complete and we will soon be reopening these historic buildings with upgraded facilities and brand new spaces.

“However, like many others, we are being hit hard by the economic crisis. Covid has had a devastating impact on our income and as a charity we depend on the generosity of others.

“Our audience was finally able to return this year and we couldn’t have done it without you.

“We need the arts more than ever and are planning an amazing reopening season – but we need your help. If you can donate, it helps us continue our work, supporting artists, connecting communities and sharing Brighton Dome’s rich history with all.”

Donations will be used to support the Dome’s re-opening program and artist development projects for the next year including shows for the Brighton Festival at the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre.

Those who donate will receive a range of rewards for their generosity, including special cyanotype editions, a private tour of the Corn Exchange and the opportunity to name a seat at the venue in honor of someone special.

More than £4,000 has been raised so far with the aim of raising £29,500 by October 18th.

At the height of the pandemic, the organization received a total of £841,000 to help it recover from the effects of the virus – after losing 67 per cent of its self-generated income through ticket sales, events and its music service.

The venue employs 130 full-time equivalent permanent employees, as well as 200 casual workers, around 100 freelance artists and creatives, and 131 volunteers. Brighton Dome launches urgent fundraiser to help it reopen next year

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