Arts and culture

public art - kiss wallThe arts and culture scene in Brighton & Hove is important to the social and economic make-up of the city.

We're home to many businesses, organisations, artists and creative practitioners whose work makes Brighton & Hove a unique and vibrant place to live, visit and work.

The council supports arts and culture sector through its Economic Development team and the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission. In partnership we help maintain the city’s profile as a world class cultural city where excellent and innovative art is made, nurtured and presented.

Brighton & Hove City Council are also involved in the Our Future City conversation. This conversation is about how the city can collectively improve the lives and life-chances of children and young people in Brighton & Hove through cultural engagement and creative skills.

There is a physical network of arts & cultural organisations, freelancers, youth services and schools that was formed as part of the Express Strategy. This network is called Brighton & Hove arts express group and meets quarterly and is open to all.

In the city you'll find:

  • performing arts venues of all sizes with artist development programmes dedicated to nurturing the local arts community
  • a buzzing live music scene with more than 500 bands and our own philharmonic orchestra
  • a growing network of visual art galleries and organisations supporting the city’s huge community of visual artists
  • a tradition of innovation in film making
  • a variety of public art
  • a reputation for innovation in new media and digital design.

As well as economic, and cultural benefits the arts also have an impact on other aspects of life, such as children, the environment, health and wellbeing, crime, and community cohesion.

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