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About The Gulbenkian Theatre
Founded on the back of a generous grant from The Gulbenkian Foundation in the 1960s, The Gulbenkian Theatre was built for the people of East Kent with the intention of fostering the arts in the area. Now 50 years on, the theatre has grown into one of Canterbury’s premier venues with a broad selection of entertainment and an exciting roster of live performances.
Boasting a spacious 340 seat auditorium, the theatre at the Gulbenkian showcases a variety of different acts and performances. Expect to encounter excellent contemporary drama and comedy, international music acts, dance performances and engaging discussion groups on a broad range of topics. Cultural festivals are also commonplace at the Gulbenkian. Carefully curated these offer diverse and enigmatic listings, often bringing for the first-time global stars of music and stage to the city.
As well as its exceptional stage space The Gulbenkian also contains a cinema. The screenings are a refreshing change to high street chains as they are not just restricted to the latest blockbuster releases. Here you can attend live screenings of National Theatre and Royal Opera House performances, classic and cult films as well as indie productions. During the warmer months an Outdoor Cinema club is held where visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and outdoor clothes, hot food and a full bar service are available.
As a prominent force in Canterbury’s cultural scene The Gulbenkian fosters community participation through its events and festivals. Discussions and workshops are common and the topics of these range from pop culture to community and refugee aid. There is also plenty of similar options for children which encourage mindfulness and proactive thought.