The Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB
  • Box office 01227 769075
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  • Website www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
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The Gulbenkian

The University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering a diverse and dynamic rage of arts and performances for students and the public. Actively engaging with the local community via projects including Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and ART31 in line with their mission statement: 'Gulbenkian will work with a range of creative partners to become a leading 21st Century international arts centre offering an engaging, innovative and high quality arts programme. We will act as a catalyst developing and curating ideas, spaces and emerging talent. The empowerment of children and young people will be at the core of our activity.'

The closest train station is Canterbury West and local buses go directly to the venue.

Events at this venue

There are 33 events at this location

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Aurora Orchestra: Beethoven From Memory

Nicholas Collon conducts the orchestra in a performance from memory, presented by Tom Service, of Beethoven's Symphony No 6 In F, Pastoral.

Fri 22 Sep

C-F Hall

£25 ( £23; £10; Children £10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Avant Garde Dance And The Place Present Fagin's Twist

Tony Adigun's Avant Garde Dance present a wonderfully unexpected adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale, which flips your expectations of the central characters on their head. Fagin is presented as a complex and misunderstood man corrupted by greed and poverty in his youth, as told through contemporary hip hop dance.

Sat 14 Oct

£12.80 (Children £8.80; £8.80) / 01227 769075

  • 14:00
  • 19:30

Bookstory

It's a story - about some books. In a library. But these are no ordinary books and this is no ordinary library. It's Brian's library: a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go… Then one day Brian changes and the library goes…quiet. What's going on? The books had better…

Sun 22 Oct

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 14:00

Breabach

Blending double bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance with Celtic flair and frenzy.

Sat 28 Oct

£15 ( £10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Cockfight

Collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber explore male behaviour, the ageing body and intergenerational conflicts between two men of different generations.

Tue 10 Oct

£12.80 (Children £8.80; £8.80) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Wed 11 Oct

£12.80 (Children £8.80; £8.80) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Daliso Chaponda: What The African Said

Ahead of his latest tour the comedian tests out new material on a live audience. Born in Canada, raised in South Africa and then moving to the UK, Chaponda is able to blend a world of cultural influences and observations in to his stand-up material, which saw him achieve third place in popular TV show, Britain's Got…

Sun 20 May 2018

£15 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: University Of Kent Players

Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of shape-changing is adapted anew in this steampunk-style production by David Edgar.

Thu 28 Sep

£10 (£8) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Fri 29 Sep

£10 (£8) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Sat 30 Sep

£10 (£8) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Exhibition On Screen: Canaletto And The Art Of Venice

From one of the world’s largest art collections comes the remarkable story of Canaletto and the city he shared with millions through his art.

Wed 27 Sep

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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Trademark mix-ups from the Faulty Towers hotel staff served alongside a three course meal.

Thu 14 Dec

£45 / 01227 769075

God's Own Country

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Lee
  • Written by: Francis Lee
  • Cast: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones

Johnny (O’Connor) is a young Yorkshireman living with his sour grandmother (Jones) and disgruntled father (Hart), whose life is turned upside-down by the arrival of Romanian migrant Ghoerghe (Secareanu). Fluid photography and achingly honest performances make for a transformative drama about the possibility of a better…

Fri 29 Sep

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Sat 30 Sep

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Sun 1 Oct

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Goosebumps

The band performs a selection of swing and jive classics from the likes of Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and Brian Setzer.

Sun 1 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

The Horne Section

The sextet fronted by the inimitable Alex Horne performs a medley of retro jazz-swing and big band music plus stand-up, performance and musical comedy.

Thu 12 Oct

£16 ( £14) / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Insyriated

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • Belgium
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Van Leeuw
  • Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis
  • UK release: 29 June 2017

Character-led drama set against the background of war-battered Damascus. Skilfully made, and the lead actresses in particular do raw but heartfelt work, but it’s all very manipulative and for all its sincerity and technical achievement, you’re left with not much more than a feeling of how lucky you are.

Fri 22 Sep

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Sat 23 Sep

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Sun 24 Sep

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Jason Byrne: The Man With Three Brains

The Dublin-born stand-up follows up his highly-acclaimed Propped Up tour with a new show full of energetic humour, props and fast-thinking improv.

Sun 19 Nov

£19.50 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Jeremy Hardy

Mr Hardy is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4 comedy including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Now's your chance to see Jeremy out on his own, peddling his intelligent satire and gentle musings across the country.

Sun 29 Oct

£14 (£5) / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Joe Lycett: That's The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

  • 4 stars

Lycett's latest show is all about the ability to be a wee bit useless in life while trying to figure out what it's all about. He talks about his home town (Birmingham, doncha know?) and about the time he met Kim Kardashian, which is bound to be an interesting story if nothing else.

Sun 25 Mar 2018

£20 / 01227 769075

  • 19:00

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

Sun 24 Sep

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  • 13:30

A Little Night Music: Operama

The ensemble presents its version of the musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim which involves the romantic lives of several couples, and includes the song Send In The Clowns.

Thu 21 Sep

£15 (£7.50) / 01227 769075

  • 19:45

Fri 22 Sep

£15 (£7.50) / 01227 769075

  • 19:45

Sat 23 Sep

£15 (£7.50) / 01227 769075

  • 15:00
  • 19:45

Logan Lucky

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig
  • UK release: 25 August 2017

Jimmy (Tatum), his brother Clyde (Driver) and sister Mellie (Keough) enlist the help of redneck jailbird and explosives expert Joe Bang (Craig) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Soderbergh’s latest comedy heist movie is perhaps his best, with a great cast, a satisfying plot and witty dialogue.

Fri 22 Sep

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Sat 23 Sep

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Sun 24 Sep

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…and 2 more dates until 26 Sep

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

  • 4 stars

Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before gambling on their outcome.

Wed 22 Nov

£16 (£12) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Megson

A husband-and-wife folk duo perform infectious folk songs with heavenly vocals alongside Northern humour.

Thu 5 Oct

£15 ( £10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Mia

An exploration of truths and myths surrounding learning disability and parenthood in today's society, performed by four learning-disabled artists.

Wed 25 Oct

£12.80 ( £8.80) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Miller Plays The Musicals

The Astor Big Band and singers present big band hits from Glenn Miller, The Andrew Sisters and Frank Sinatra, plus songs, dance and music from West End musicals.

Sun 15 Oct

£17 / 01227 769075

  • 14:30

Mischief Company: Red (Over 15s)

The physical theatre company present a provocative and dark piece influenced by Little Red Riding Hood and Dante's Inferno, as the three characters Red, The Wolf and The Devil, embark on a journey of love, sacrifice and betrayal.

Fri 6 Oct

£12.80 (Children £8.80; £8.80) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

The Phil Beer Band

Roots and folk from the singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as half of the duo Show Of Hands, accompanied by Emily Slade, Gareth Turner, Greg McDonald, Steve Crickett and Olivia Dunn.

Sun 24 Sep

£19 ( £10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Sleepy Hollow: The Canterbury Players

An amateur production based on the story by Washington Irving, of the story of Ichabod Crane and the headless hessian.

Thu 19 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Fri 20 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Sat 21 Oct

£12 (£10) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

A playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's story using projected animations, light and puppetry.

Fri 27 Oct

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 11:00

Storyteller, Storyteller: Storypocket Theatre (Over 3s)

The company presents a head-to-head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical non-verbal storytelling when two children's storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time.

Sun 15 Oct

£8 (Children £1 under 1s) / 01227 769075

  • 14:00

Stranger In Paradise

  • 2016
  • Netherlands
  • 1h 12min
  • Directed by: Guido Hendrikx

A deliberately provocative documentary essay where a teacher uses maths to explain to a group of refugees what their arrival will cost society.

Thu 28 Sep

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  • 18:30

Tim Edey

The multi-instrumentalist performs folk fused with world music, celtic, classical, contemporary and jazz music.

Sun 22 Oct

£14 (£12) / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Tom Stade

Canadian comedian Tom Stade presents his show I Swear: comedy which shows you how to swear properly.

Wed 4 Oct

£16 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Ugly Duckling

An inventive production which plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.

Sun 29 Oct

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 14:00

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • France/US
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer
  • UK release: 2 August 2017

Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are space-station police officers who uncover a plot involving a near-extinct race of creatures. Besson puts all his stock in fancy 3D chases but fails to provide a decent villain; it’s all very eye-catching and has some amusing cameos but of the two leads, only Delevingne does…

Sat 23 Sep

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  • 15:00

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