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.

Events at this venue

There are 26 events at this location

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AAF Comedy Night

Dry wit and musical comedy from ukulele-playing stand-up, Ria Lina. Plus Don Biswas, Jay Islaam and Jethro Bradley.

Sat 29 Apr


£7.50 (£5) / 01227 769075

Adventures Of Super Aspie Grrl

Annette Foster's comedy-drama and call-to-arms to all the women and gender-neutral people on the autistic spectrum.

Sun 30 Apr

Aphra Studio

£7 (£5) / 01227 769075

Aurora Orchestra: Brahms From Memory

Nicholas Collon conducts the orchestra in a performance from memory, presented by Tom Service, of Johannes Brahms's Symphony No 1 In C Minor.

Fri 26 May

C-F Hall

£20 ( £10; £18) / 01227 769075

Beauty and the Beast

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 129 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad
  • UK release: 17 March 2017

Belle (Watson) is forced to live with a Beast (Stevens) in this live-action retelling of the 1991 blockbuster. Watson is winsome but feisty, Evans as Gaston is splendid of voice and hilariously odious, McGregor brings much joie de vivre to ‘Be Our Guest’, and it’s an enchantingly realised delight.

Tue 25 Apr

Thu 27 Apr


01227 769075

Canterbury Orchestra: Russian Fairytales

Andrew Lowen conducts the orchestra, featuring violinist Amanda Wyatt, for Act II of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Sat 6 May

C-F Hall

£15 (£8) / 01227 769075

Daphne’s Flight

Excitement is mounting in the Daphne's Flight camp as next year's CD release and tour get ever nearer! For the uninitiated, Daphne's Flight comprises Chris While, Christine Collister, Julie Matthews, Melanie Harold and Helen Watson. In 1995 five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some…

Fri 12 May


£18 ( £10) / 01227 769075

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

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

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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-winning duo perform contemporary folk.

Sat 20 May


£14 ( £10) / 01227 769075

Linda Smith Lecture: Susan Calman

The feisty Scottish comedian and panellist delivers this year's lecture, celebrating Linda's life and work, her interest in comedy and its use in and for political and social commentary, and to promote the work of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

Tue 16 May


£6 / 01227 769075

Madhouse: Catch The Baby

Access All Areas presents a comedy-drama about London's oldest baby, a six-foot-tall boy called Cian, who attempts to make sense of the world, with the aid of his child-minder.

Mark Murphy's V-TOL: Out Of This World

The story of one woman's fight for survival as she descends into a medically induced coma, told through aerial choreography and special effects.

Fri 5 May

C-F Hall

£12.50 ( £10.50; £8.50) / 01227 769075

The Misfit Analysis

Access All Areas presents a captivating exploration of an autistic mind through multi-media, video projection and performance poetry.

Sat 29 Apr

Aphra Studio

£7 (£5) / 01227 769075

Moonlight Serenade

Daniel Harding directs 13-piece dance band, General Harding's Tomfoolery, in a performance of swing classics.

Fri 19 May

C-F Hall

£5 / 01227 769075

MTS Show Choir Showcase

The choir performs a varied programme of songs, including musical theatre hits from Lion King, Amerian Idiot, Urinetown and Hamilton, plus a range of popular songs from George Ezra to Sam Cooke.

Sat 27 May

C-F Hall

£8 (£5; £5) / 01227 769075

My Son's Not Rainman

A biographical comedy-drama by comedian, John Williams, telling the story of his son, who has autism and cerebral palsy, and their family life.

Sun 30 Apr

Aphra Studio

£7 (£5) / 01227 769075

The Noise Next Door: Noise In The Hood

New songs, characters and stand-up.

Sun 7 May


£15 / 01227 769075

Northern School Of Contemporary Dance: Verve 17

A programme of four distinct dance works choreographed by international artists James Cousins, Carlos Pons Guerra, Leila McMillan and Matthias Sperling.

Tue 9 May


£12.50 ( £10.50; £8.50; Children £8.50 under 16s) / 01227 769075

Octandre Ensemble

Experimental pieces and classical repertoire from the collective of London-based musicians co-founded by composer Christian Mason and conductor Jonathan Hargreaves.

Mon 22 May


Free, donations welcome / 01227 769075

Paul Wady: Guerrilla Aspies

An immersive comedy-cabaret performance aimed at ensuring you will never see autism, Asperger's and neurodiversity the same way ever again.

Sat 29 Apr

Aphra Studio

£7.50 (£5) / 01227 769075

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

The ventriloquist, who won the 2015 series of America's Got Talent, performs with his three puppet characters, Sam, Albert and Baby, plus two new ones.

Sun 17 Sep

£17.50 / 01227 769075

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar

  • 2017
  • UK
  • 152 min
  • Directed by: Angus Jackson
  • Cast: Andrew Woodall, Alex Waldmann, Jon Tarcy, James Corrigan
  • UK release: 26 April 2017

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

The Salesman

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
  • UK release: 17 March 2017

Rana (Alidoosti) and Emad (Hosseini) are forced to abandon their home, but when they stay in another flat, pressure grows on their relationship. Farhadi weaves themes of professional failure and paranoia into a compelling drama about lives at the mercy of malicious forces.

Mon 24 Apr

01227 769075

Tom Stade

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

Wed 4 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 769075

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

The stand-up presents his latest hour of inimitable surreal comedy-art.

Fri 28 Apr

£15 ( £12) / 01227 769075


Award-winning postgraduate dance company from Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The show features a mixed bill of new and existing dance pieces.

Tue 9 May

£8.50–£12.50 / 01227 769075

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