Gulbenkian is a multi-purpose high quality venue with modern facilities and is able to cater for a variety of events.

Our excellent creative and technical team ensure your hire of Gulbenkian is bespoke and meets your needs. We also offer a computerised ticketing service.

We provide a professional and cost effective ticketing service to maximise your box office sales and minimise your administration and operational time and costs.

Cafe Bar facilities and an experienced event catering team to provide a full range of excellent, freshly prepared food for your event: full dinners, buffets, hot meals, drinks receptions

Based at the University of Kent, Gulbenkian is able to offer easy parking and excellent road and rail links

Wi-Fi access throughout (registration required)

All of our facilities are fully accessible

Gulbenkian has played host to East Kent NHS, BBC, BBC Radio, Dance Schools, Amateur Dramatics Organisations, Colleges, Schools, Student Societies, IntoFilm, FilmHub SE and TEDx

For more information please contact Rebecca Brown on 01227 827964 or email

'Just to let you all know, the cinema screening was a ROARING success!! We will definitely be doing another.' PQA
‘absolutely everyone at the Gulbenkian were fantastic and could not have made us feel more welcome.' BBC

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Hire our theatre

With a capacity of 340 and up to 3 wheelchair spaces, the theatre has great viewing angles from all seats and state of the art production facilities.

Hire our cinema

The cinema is a 300 seat venue including 3 wheelchairs spaces.

Hire our Cafe

Gulbenkian Café Bar is a flexible space that can be transformed to host a range of functions.

Children’s Parties

Holding your child’s party at the Gulbenkian is easy!

Ticketing Service

Wherever you are holding your events, take all the hassle out of selling tickets by using our professional, comprehensive and cost effective ticketing service.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

Our projects with young people