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 31 events at this location

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The Albion Christmas Band

The Albion Christmas Band consists of three Fairport Convention alumni and singer Kellie White.

Tue 19 Dec

Theatre

£10–£18 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Antigone

If you think Greek drama is all masks and wailing choruses, then you haven't seen a production by Actors Of Dionysus. This blistering adaptation sees Sophocles' tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies. Bold ideas combine with passionate and…

Mon 27 Nov

£8.80–£12.80 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Arthur Pita: The Little Match Girl (Ages 5-11)

The acclaimed choreographer adapts Hans Christian Andersen's tale of an impoverished young street girl's hopes and dreams. The original live music is by Frank Moon.

Wed 6 Dec

Theatre

£10; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 19:00

Thu 7 Dec

Theatre

£10; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 11:00
  • 19:00

Fri 8 Dec

Theatre

£10; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 11:00
…and 2 more dates until 10 Dec

Bring It On: The Musical: Reach Youth Theatre

A musical based on the comedy film of the same title about a plucky cheerleader, who changes school and has to form a new squad to take to the National Championships.

Sun 14 Jan 2018

£15 / 01227 769075

  • 13:30
  • 18:00

Canterbury Orchestra Winter Concert: Russian Roman

Andrew Lowen conducts the orchestra for Glinka's Russian and Ludmilla, Rachmaninov's Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, featuring soloist Christopher Weston on piano, and Moussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.

Sat 25 Nov

£15 ( £8; Children £8 under 16s) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Cara Dillon Christmas Show

Ethereal folk originals float effortlessly from the mouth of County Londonderry-born songstress Dillon as she offers a live performance of her highly-acclaimed, blues-drenched ballads and a selection of her favourite seasonal works.

Sun 3 Dec

Theatre

£20 (£15) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Cardboard Carnival

A colourful cardboard puppet show to the music of Camille Saint-Saens.

Sun 21 Jan 2018

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 14:00

Caritas Chamber Choir & Kent Sinfonia: A Classical Christmas Concert.

Caritas Chamber Choir in partnership with Kent Sinfonia present Part one of The Messiah.

Sun 10 Dec

C-F Hall

£10 / 01227 769075

  • 15:30

A Christmas Cornucopia

University Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia presents a feast of music and readings reflecting the beginning of Christmas. Daniel Harding conducts.

Fri 1 Dec

C-F Hall

£5 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said

Having been 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 Britain's Got Talent in 2017.

Sun 20 May 2018

£15 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

  • 2 stars

Stand-up comedy from the Mock The Week regular.

Tue 28 Nov

Theatre

£24 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Wed 29 Nov

Theatre

£24 / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

Exhibition On Screen: David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts

Intimate and in-depth interviews with David Hockney, focusing on his blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Wed 22 Nov

01227 769075

  • 19:00

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

Fireworks

  • 2017
  • Japan
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi
  • Cast: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano

School children Norimichi, Yuusuke, and Junichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side.

Thu 23 Nov

01227 769075

  • 19:00

Get Therapy

Danielle happily survives on anti-depressants until her doctor issues an ultimatum: 'agree to group therapy or I'll stop the meds!' Enter recovering addict Luke, feisty Amy and therapy success story Stephen. Get Therapy combines verbatim dialogue, humour and original music from soul to electro.

Tue 21 Nov

Theatre

£4–£12.50 / 01227 769075

  • 14:00

Hush-A-Bye: Oily Cart (Ages 3-5)

An interactive, multi-sensory production for the very young, with live music, puppets and an enchanting environment.

Wed 24 Jan 2018

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 11:00
  • 13:30

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 13:30

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£8 / 01227 769075

  • 13:30
…and 2 more dates until 28 Jan 2018

Hush-A-Bye: Oily Cart (Ages 6 Months-2 Years)

An interactive, multi-sensory production for the very young, with live music, puppets and an enchanting environment.

Wed 24 Jan 2018

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 11:00

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:00

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:00
…and 2 more dates until 28 Jan 2018

I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett

The Birmingham-born comic tours his latest show.

Sun 25 Mar 2018

£20 / 01227 769075

  • 19:00

The John Langan Band

The Celtic Connection award-winners play traditional Irish and Scottish folk.

Sat 20 Jan 2018

£18 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US / Denmark
  • 1h 41min
  • U
  • Directed by: Charlie Bean/Paul Fisher/Bob Logan
  • Cast: Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan
  • UK release: 13 October 2017

Lloyd (Franco) is the son of evil Lord Garmadon (Theroux), who wants to conquer Ninjago; however, Lloyd is also one of the team of ninja dedicated to combatting Garmadon and his minions. Not the most inspired of the LEGO movies but bright, brash and amusing, with intricate action, lots of slapstick fun and a delightful…

Tue 21 Nov

3D

01227 769075

  • 19:00

The Man Who Invented Christmas

  • 2017
  • UK/US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter, Miriam Margolyes, Morfydd Clark, Justin Edwards, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson
  • UK release: 1 December 2017

In 1843, Charles Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas Carol, but they passed. Desperate, Dickens declared he would…

Sat 16 Dec

01227 769075

  • 19:30

Tue 19 Dec

01227 769075

  • 19:00

Wed 20 Dec

01227 769075

  • 17:15

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

The Philadelphia Story: The University Of Kent Players

A live recording radio play of a classic romantic comedy, providing the audience with a glimpse in to the glamorous world of radio plays in the 1940s.

Fri 24 Nov

Cafe

£6.50 (£6) / 01227 769075

  • 20:30

Sat 25 Nov

Cafe

£6.50 (£6) / 01227 769075

  • 20:30

The Ramshackle House: Upswing

Rattling windows, wobbly floorboards and a crumbling roof… …what will Christmas be like for the family that calls this rickety house their home, and will it be ready in time for the festivities? With awe-inspiring acrobatics and dazzling physical feats, this is a whirlwind for the senses with magnificent music and…

Fri 24 Nov

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Sat 25 Nov

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 11:00
  • 14:30

Sun 26 Nov

£8; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 11:00
  • 14:30

Sleeping Beauty

A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale, a fairy tale for grown-ups, created and performed by Compagnie Akselere's Artistic Director, Colette Garrigan. The kingdom of Liverpool, Garrigan's home town, is devastated by unemployment and famine. It's safer to be a gang member than to…

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£12.80 (Student £8.80) / 01227 769075

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:25

Sleeping Beauty

French company Cie Akselere presents a modern adaptation of the fairy tale, set in the suburbs of Liverpool and dealing with the topic of drugs.

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£12.80 ( £8.80; £10.80) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Blackeyed Theatre presents Nick Lane's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic bogey tale. It's an adaptation whose scrutiny of medical ethics and the price of dangerous knowledge owes as much to Lane's own personal experience of suffering permanent injuries in a road accident as it does to the fog-bound streets of…

Wed 7 Feb 2018

Phone for prices / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

University Of Kent Big Band: Christmas Swing-Along

Ian Swatman conducts this year's medley of the cheesiest Christmas classics.

Wed 13 Dec

C-F Hall

Free / 01227 769075

  • 17:15

University Of Kent Chorus And Symphony Orchestra: From Darkness Into Light

Susan Wanless conducts the orchestra and choir in a performance of Nielsen's Helios Overture, Kodaly's Missa Brevis, Faure's Pavane and Richard Strauss's Tod Und Verklarung.

Sat 9 Dec

C-F Hall

£13 ( £7) / 01227 769075

  • 19:30

The Upbeat Beatles

'The closest you'll get to the real thing' with this high-energy tribute act.

Fri 1 Dec

Theatre

£18 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

What the Moon Saw

Alone in the world and scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon, who teaches him to be brave and adventurous. A production, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson, by the Hereford-based dance company.

Wed 13 Dec

Theatre

£9.50; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:00

Thu 14 Dec

Theatre

£9.50; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:00

Fri 15 Dec

Theatre

£9.50; £1 baby on lap / 01227 769075

  • 10:00
…and 2 more dates until 17 Dec

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