Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Gulbenkian this summer!

This year marks 50 years since Gulbenkian first opened to the public. Here’s how you can get involved:

Gulbenkian 50 Years Festival

Party with music from the past and the present, and lots of other events in our 50 Years Festival running 3 – 22 June. Download the 50 Year Festival programme here, and the events are listed below.

Canterbury Auction Galleries


Gulbenkian 50 Years Festival is kindly sponsored by the Canterbury Auction Galleries, proudly supporting the Arts in Kent

Gulbenkian 50 Supporters

Donate £50 and help us to raise £20,000 and make a real impact on the lives of young people in Kent. Donate here.

Tell people about what we do

You can read our story here, and read more about the brilliant work we do with Children and Young People here.


50 Years Festival Programme:

MTS : A Night to Remember – Sat 8 Jun, 7.30pm

T24 Drama Society: The Ace Face – Mon 10 Jun, 7.30pm

Kent Sound-Off: Battle of the Bands – Fri 14 Jun, 7.30pm

Radical Roots Festival Day– Sat 15 Jun, all day

You Are Here: The Biography of a Moment – Mon 17 Jun, 7.30pm

New Canterbury Sound: Neslon Parade, The Selkies & Evil Usses – Fri 21 Jun, 6pm

The Canterbury Sound: A 50th Birthday Celebration – Sat 22 Jun, 6pm

The Future is X-Rated
A season of controversial films from 1969, curated by Lawrence Jackson, lecturer at School of Arts, University of Kent.

Mon 3 Jun, 6.30pm – The Wild Bunch
Mon 10 Jun, 6.30pm – Midnight Cowboy
Thu 13 Jun, 6.30pm – Taste the Blood of Dracula

The opportunities the Gulbenkian is providing are amazing, and I hope they do continue
Sammy Black, Teacher
I am so grateful for all the support and opportunities you have given to young people in the area.
Sophie, Youth Board member

Also from the Gulbenkian

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people