The Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB
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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.

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There are 21 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 20 Dec

£18 / 01227 769075

Amy Wadge

This Cardiff resident but Bristol-born singer-songwriter performs her contemporary folk originals. Luke Jackson supports.

Wed 25 Jan 2017

£13 ( £11) / 01227 769075

Breaking the Ice

Unicorn/ Filskit Theatre Company presents an interactive story, based on video footage of a wild polar bear and a Husky playing together.

Sat 14 Jan 2017

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Sun 15 Jan 2017

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Canterbury Choral Society - Carmina Burana

Richard Cooke conducts Orff's Carmina Burana, Grainger's Three Folk-Song Arrangements, Britten's The Ballad Of Little Musgrave And Lady Barnard and Rachmaninov's Suite For Two Pianos, with Rhiannon Llewellyn, soprano, William Morgan, tenor and Edward Grint, bass.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.

Wed 15 Mar 2017

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • Directed by: David Yates
  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
  • UK release: 18 November 2016

Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a socially-challenged animal whisperer of sorts, has to gather up the fantastic beasts which have escaped from his briefcase and are roaming 1920s New York. A suitably magical spin-off, with Rowling's screenplay skilfully balancing dark and light, and director Yates maintaining a thrilling pace…

Tue 13 Dec

G2 Definitive Genesis

With the recent announcement that Genesis lead singer Phil Collins is going back on tour in summer 2017, critically acclaimed tribute band G2 are a welcome blast from the past. Led by vocalist Terry Day, the band honours the period after Peter Gabriel left Genesis with a nostalgic selection of classic hits from the 1970s…

Sat 21 Jan 2017

£18.50 / 01227 769075

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

The something about Gary is that he has a lot of opinions on jokes and is going to let you hear them (and hopefully some jokes) on his latest tour.

Hansel And Gretel: Lyngo Theatre

A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we'll have you humming along throughout and cheering as the witch slides down into our flaming oven. Lyngo serve up their own special recipe of multi-roled performances, captivating songs and beautiful imagery.

…and 4 more dates until 18 Dec

It's A Wonderful Life

  • 5 stars
  • 1946
  • US
  • 129 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to…

Sun 18 Dec

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Lucy Porter: Consequences

An new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from Lucy Porter.

Sun 5 Feb 2017

£14 / 01227 769075

The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • 4 stars
  • 1992
  • US
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Muppet Performers:, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire
  • UK release: 18 December 1992

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

Mon 19 Dec

National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land

  • 2016

Pinter's play is brought to life by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • 3 stars
  • 1993
  • US
  • 76 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Written by: Tim Burton (story), Michael McDowell (adaptation), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page
  • UK release: 25 November 1994

Jack Skellington, the skinny trickster king of Halloweentown, is restless with success and needs a new challenge, so he hatches a plot to kidnap Santa and creates a mixed-up Yuletide which isn't quite what the kids expected. Produced and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton.

Sat 17 Dec

Nocturnal Animals

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Ford
  • Written by: Tom Ford, Austin Wright
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
  • UK release: 4 November 2016

Susan (Adams) is a successful but bored LA gallery owner who is sent the manuscript of a book by her ex Edward (Gyllenhall), the titular Nocturnal Animals, which we see unfolding along with Susan's story. Ambitious, ravishingly shot tale exploring the engrossing impact of fiction; tense, intriguing and strange.

Fri 16 Dec

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Sat 17 Dec

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Sun 18 Dec

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Richard Herring: The Best

A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.

Sun 5 Mar 2017

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 769075

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • 2016

Tchaikovsky's music brings to life this Christmas favourite in which the toys come to life (and about 200 years before Toy Story at that).

Sun 11 Dec

Trevor Pinnock's 70th Birthday Celebration

An eclectic programme to celebrate conductor and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock's birthday, with works by Handel, Purcell and JS Bach.

Thu 15 Dec

A United Kingdom

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
  • UK release: 25 November 2016

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Fri 16 Dec

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Sat 17 Dec

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Sun 18 Dec

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…and 2 more dates until 20 Dec

University Of Kent Big Band

The University's Big Band brings the term to a festive close with a medley of the cheesiest Christmas classics.

Wed 14 Dec

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices/availability / 01227 769075

Wow! Said the Owl

Based on the acclaimed children's book by the award-winning author Tim Hopgood. Explore a world of colours with an owl that is determined to stay awake and see daylight.

Fri 27 Jan 2017

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Sun 29 Jan 2017

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

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