Venue details

  • Programme Manager: Liz Moran (Director) / Ali Chambers (Programme Manager)
  • Telephone: 01227 823652 / 01227 816470
  • Website:
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  • Twitter: @TheGulbenkian
  • Features: Catering, Disabled Access, Parking,
  • Address: Gulbenkian, University Of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB

Gulbenkian is the University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University commitment to public engagement and has a particular focus on the creative empowerment of children and young people.
The building contains a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and a café which incorporates an informal cabaret style space for live music, comedy and slam poetry. In 2014, 936 events including music, comedy, theatre, dance and film attracted 97,786 people to Gulbenkian. The arts centre attracts a range of conferences and events to Kent such as BBC Question Time.
Gulbenkian’s work with young people includes the Gulbenkian Youth Theatre with over 100 members aged 5-18 years and a newly formed Youth Dance Company. Gulbenkian is also home to ART31, a cultural leadership project, led by young people, Tech31 and Tech(Y)31 plus the international family festival- bOing!
A range of companies and artists are based with Gulbenkian including Artswork (South East Bridge), Confidance, Animate Arts Company and the Three Half Pints.
In April 2015, Gulbenkian became an Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisation in recognition of a developing role as a pioneer in the creative empowerment and engagement of children and young people.