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 26 events at this location

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Breakin' Convention 2016

The groundbreaking festival of hip hop dance theatre returns for its 13th year, hosted by Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D. This year's lineup includes world champion b-boy crew The Ruggeds from the Netherlands, experimental b-boys Iron Skulls from Spain and leading streetdancer Antoinette Gomis, from France.

Sun 29 May

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


  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tim Miller
  • Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein
  • UK release: 10 February 2016

Cynical crook Wade Wilson (Reynolds) undergoes an experimental procedure to transform him into a superhero, but emerges as the scarred and revenge-bent Deadpool. The emphasis on knowing humour is a bit obnoxious but it's a lot of fun, and Reynolds, with his likeability and swagger, was born to play the title role.

Tue 31 May

01227 769075

Emily Watts

The Kent-based singer performs her indie-pop originals.

Fri 10 Jun

£7 ( £5) / 01227 769075

Florence Foster Jenkins

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 110 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
  • UK release: 6 May 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) is a wealthy, cultured New York socialite, who insists on performing as a soprano in spite of a total inability to sing. Streep throws herself endearingly into the role, Grant is wonderful as her debonair husband and Frears keeps a confident balance of uproarious laughs and genuine pathos.

Sun 29 May

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Thu 2 Jun

Follow Your Dream

A mixed programme from Next Generation Dance Studio students.

Sat 9 Jul

£9 (Children £5 under 12s; Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

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Gyles Brandreth: Word Power!

Intellectual humour about the power of language and words from writer, broadcaster and former Government Whip Gyles Brandreth.

Sat 25 Jun

£19 / 01227 769075

Highfliers And Confidance

A new work choreographed by Ben Duke from Lost Dog Dance by Highfliers, plus one by Confidance.

Fri 24 Jun

£12.50 ( £7.50; £7.50) / 01227 769075

Hip Hop Dance Introductory Workshop

World and European Hiphop Dance Champion Belle Fisher leads a beginner's class in the dance style.

Sun 29 May

Into the West

Travelling Light present their acclaimed story of hope and discovery.

Sun 19 Jun

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

Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown

The immensely popular Fringe fave takes to the stage for an hour of his raucous stand-up, reflecting on 20 years as a comedian.

Sun 20 Nov

£17.50 / 01227 769075

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The Magic Of The Musicals

Students of The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts perform a selection of songs from the shows.

Sat 16 Jul

£10 (Children £7 under 16s; Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Midge Ure

Ultravox hits, solo work and covers from the man behind Band Aid.

Sun 30 Oct

£18 / 01227 769075

MTS: Summer Showcase

Members of the Musical Theatre Society perform a selection of songs for the shows.

Sun 12 Jun

£8 (£5) / 01227 769075

Music For A Summer's Day

The University of Kent Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Minerva Voices perform a programme of classical pieces.

Sat 11 Jun

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

Musical Theatre Society Show Choir

At this, the choir's debut appearance, they perform a selection songs from the shows.

Fri 3 Jun

£8 (£5) / 01227 769075

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The Nodines

The Nodines are a family of dancers. Rick (dad), Simonetta (mum) and 9 year old Stella (daughter) bring a light-hearted and curious interactive performance in which Stella's homework turns into dance through imagination and invention. Come and share moments of familiarity, trust and mischief with them and find 'what is…

Sun 26 Jun

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

Noel McCalla

Old school soul with a touch of blues, reggae and rock from London-born singer McCalla, who is accompanied by his acoustic quartet, plus smoky-voiced Mozambique singer-songwriter Maiuko.

Sat 18 Jun

£12 ( £10) / 01227 769075

With Maiuko.

Sarah Jane Morris

One London critic's assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris, who straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range that rumbles from the heels of her size eight shoes to the tips of her flame-red mane.Famed for her association with the Communards in the mid-80s and infamous…

Sun 5 Jun

£18 / 01227 769075

The Snail and the Whale

A new piece of theatre created in Tall Stories' charming storytelling style with live music and plenty of laughs. Ages 4+.

Sun 17 Jul

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

Mon 18 Jul

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

Tue 19 Jul

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

Square Pegs Singers!

A professional vocal coach and the Square Pegs team take sessions for all levels of abilities for anyone over 14.

Sat 4 Jun

£12 per session / 01227 769075

Sat 11 Jun

£12 per session / 01227 769075

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Step Up 2: The Streets

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Chu
  • Written by: Toni Ann Johnson, Karen Barna, Duane Adler
  • Cast: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G Sevani, Will Kemp, Cassie

Stupid sequel to 2006's dance romancer 'Step Up'.

Sun 29 May

Summertime Swing

A performance by University of Kent students.

Wed 8 Jun

£13 (£7) / 01227 769075

T24 - London Road

A musical with score by Adam Cork, setting to music material gathered from interviews with the neighbours of Steve Wright, the man on trial for multiple murder.

Thu 2 Jun

£10 ( £6; £6; £5) / 01227 769075

Fri 3 Jun

£10 ( £6; £6; £5) / 01227 769075

Tankerton Dancing Academy

A mixed programme performed by students of the Academy to celebrate its ruby anniversary.

Sun 3 Jul

£10 (£7.50; Children £5 under 5s; Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

UKC Hip Hop Society Block Party

This two-day event features a showcase of student rappers and DJs, a record stall, dance battles and beatbox workshop.

Sun 29 May


The award-winning writer Evan Placey, with Tutti Frutti and CANDAL, present this one-actor play about a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. Featuring live music from an on-stage musician.

Sat 11 Jun

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

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