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We are 50 today!

8 Jun 2019

On 10 June 1969, Gulbenkian opened its doors for the first time.

Famously, on the opening night of ‘The Exploding Dream’, half of the audience got up and left – shocked by the nudity in the performance. We hope that we still continue to challenge and inspire you!

Today we welcome over 100,000 people per year to our live performances, films and festivals, including University students, staff and thousands of local residents. We are celebrating our birthday with 2 weeks of events – you can find details of what’s on here: Gulbenkian 50 Years Festival.

Thank you to the Gulbenkian Foundation for the initial grant that enabled the university to build a theatre for East Kent, all our staff and visiting artists over the years who have made Gulbenkian the incredible place it is, our funders Arts Council England and Kent County Council, and especially for your support over the past 50 years as audience members, youth group participants and GulbCard holders.

We hope you can join us at one of our 50 year events!




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

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