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Refurbished Brighton Dome to reopen venues with world famous Van Gogh Alive exhibition

Brighton Dome today announces that the much-anticipated opening event for its  refurbished Grade I and II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will be the  ground-breaking immersive experience Van Gogh Alive, taking place from 12 May  to 6 August 2023.  

Van Gogh Alive will be the first event to welcome back audiences to the fully  restored venues ahead of a packed schedule of live performances returning from  autumn 2023. 

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This unique multi-sensory experience explores the life and work of the seminal Dutch  artist Vincent Van Gogh. More than 3,000 images will be spectacularly presented in  stunning detail, including iconic works such as Sunflowers and lesser-known  paintings.  

Having welcomed over 8.5 million visitors in 80 cities around the world including sell out runs in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, Van Gogh Alive, created by Grande  Experiences, promises to be one of the highlights of the spring and summer events  calendar. 

Van Gogh Alive has been described by The Sunday Times as glorious,  stunning…(and) very moving’ and will give Brighton visitors first access to a brand  new ‘Starry Night’ installation.  

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There will also be a dedicated artist studio that invites people to replicate Van  Gogh’s artistic style. Audiences will be able to create their own souvenirs within a life-sized walk-in representation of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles painting, and the iconic ‘Sunflower selfie room’ – a 360° mirrored space complete with hundreds of  sunflowers – that has delighted Instagram feeds across the world.  

State-of-the-art SENSORY4™ immersive gallery technology will display Van Gogh’s  work in a kaleidoscope of colour. Set to an evocative classical score, delivered via  a high-fidelity 3D sound system, this combination of sound, visuals and even aromas  of Provence will give visitors the sensation of the artist’s paintings as if they are living  and breathing. 

This inaugural event will mark the completion of a major project to restore and  protect Brighton Dome’s Grade I and II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. 

Audiences will be able to explore the spaces prior to the full performance programme launching in autumn 2023. ‘Anita’s Room’, the newly constructed  creative space for artists and communities supported by The Roddick Foundation,  will also be available from the spring. 

The restoration of these historic buildings is the result of a long-term vision between Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Museums (formerly the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust) to reunite the historic Royal  Pavilion estate as a major UK cultural destination.  

With the first phase of the Royal Pavilion Estate regeneration project almost complete, this historic collaboration will position Brighton Dome and the wider Estate  as a landmark centre for heritage and the arts, equipping it for a sustainable future  which reflects the unique spirit of Brighton.  

The Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre refurbishment is realised with leadership  support from Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England, National Lottery  Heritage Fund and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, in conjunction with  support from trusts & foundations and many individual donors.  

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

We are  thrilled to announce that Van Gogh Alive will be the inaugural event at Brighton  Dome’s newly refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. After extraordinary  partnerships working with Brighton & Hove City Council, our other funders and donors  and the painstaking restoration work to our venues, this innovative and immersive  exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to welcome audiences old and new to  these unique historic spaces, ahead of our own performance programme from  autumn 2023.” 

Phélim Mac Cafferty,Council Leader, Brighton & Hove City Council said: 

It is only fitting that the first art exhibition in the city’s new Dome Corn Exchange will  celebrate Van Gogh, an artist renowned for his innovative technique and unique  view on the world. We are thrilled that the city’s newest arts venue is able to attract  this prestigious Van Gogh Alive exhibit. 

The Dome as we know it today was built when Van Gogh was a teenager, so this is a  powerful marriage of people and place; a visionary building with a celebrated artist.  As well as offering an inspiring new way to see this art, Van Gogh Alive will afford  visitors an opportunity to appreciate the magnificently restored heritage features.  These along with the innovative new spaces have created a sought after venue for  artists and performers for many years to come. 

We have worked hard with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival and Brighton &  Hove Museums to bring these iconic buildings back to life. Such a landmark opening  exhibition signals a bold, new start for the city.” 

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Bruce Peterson, Founder & CEO of Grande Experiences, said:

“We are thrilled to bring  Van Gogh Alive to Brighton and to be the first event on show at the beautifully  restored new Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre at Brighton Dome – one of the  country’s most beautiful Regency palaces. Brighton, with its rich artistic heritage and  abundance of creative talent, is the ideal location for the next stop of the hugely  successful UK tour. We look forward to sharing it with the Brighton community very  soon.” 

Tickets go on general sale from Wednesday 1 February, with adult tickets from £24  and concession tickets from £19.

Reduced price early bird tickets are available from  25 to 31 January for Brighton Dome members and supporters and to those who  register online at vangoghaliveuk.com/brighton/register.

School group discounts are  also available, along with free entry for under-fives and essential companions.  

Tickets are available to purchase online from brightondome.org; in person at the  Brighton Dome Ticket Office on Church Street; and on 01273 709709 (Mon-Sat 10am 5pm). 

Brighton Dome Membership is available at:  brightondome.org/support_us/membership 

For more details visit brightondome.org and vangoghaliveuk.com/brighton 

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