Gatwick Airport sponsors Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Family, International and Accessibility programmes


  • Third year that Gatwick has sponsored Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
  • Family, International and Accessibility programmes sponsored
  • Wide range of arts and music to people of all ages and abilities offered

As a partner of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Gatwick Airport is proud to be sponsoring the organisation’s Family, International and Accessibility programmes this year.

Brighton Dome is a registered charity and offers a year-round programme of performing arts as well as the renowned Brighton Festival each May. This year’s Brighton Festival (6th -28th May) is guest directed by the recording artist, poet, playwright, and novelist Kate Tempest. As an accredited family airport, Gatwick has sponsored the organisation for the past three years and is committed to helping it make the arts accessible to a wider audience in the local community.

The Brighton Festival 2017 International and Family programmes offer a wide range of artistic performances, spanning music, theatre and dance which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Brighton Dome’s Accessibility programme ensures there is a range of assisted performances for adults and young people with access needs, including: audio-described performances for blind and visually impaired people, sign language interpreted performances for deaf or partially hearing visitors as well as relaxed and multi-sensory performances for people with learning disabilities.

Alison Addy, Gatwick’s Head of Community Engagement, said:

We are delighted to sponsor these programmes, which bring so many families and young people together.

“Brighton Dome’s work to celebrate international artists is very well recognised and we always strive to support them and their engagement with the local community.”

“This sponsorship is also another example of Gatwick's wider commitment to supporting the community by addressing the social and environmental issues that matter to local people.”

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said:

We’re delighted that London Gatwick is sponsoring Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival again this year. It is thanks to our sponsors that we’re able to present the sheer number of quality performances, installations and exclusive talks that make up Brighton Festival.

“This year’s Guest Director Kate Tempest is passionate about connecting the wider community with the arts, and Gatwick’s support of the Festival’s International and Family programmes - as well as year round accessibility at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival - is crucial in ensuring we can continue to make Brighton Festival and the city itself such a magical place to be in May and year round.”


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About Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

  • Brighton Dome is the south coast's premier multi-arts venue - a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre at the cultural heart of one of England's most creative cities. 
  • Each year Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival presents over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more as part of its year round programme as well as producing the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival in May.
  • With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent's stables and riding house), Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive. A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality.
  • Brighton Dome is a registered arts charity which aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative. Each year, the work of the Creative Learning team reaches over 15,000 people in Brighton & Hove
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