50 years of Brighton & Hove Arts Council

BHAC was established in 1974 to promote the not-for-profit arts communities in Brighton & Hove, and in the neighbouring towns and villages of East and West Sussex.

We are a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, with close to 100 member groups in the fields of drama, music, singing, opera, dance, painting/other visual arts and crafts, and the spoken and written word.

We promote the programmes and events of our member groups, helping them to reach out to wider audiences through our core activities and special projects, thereby contributing to the cultural diversity, health, and wellbeing of the communities in which we live.

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Latest News

Sheila’s Island

May 22, 2024

LOVELY bubbly! The four cast members of Southwick Players‘ next production pull out the winning slip in their April prize draw. The lucky winner of a bottle of champagne was […]

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BHAC Art Show 2024

April 24, 2024

The 2024 BHAC Art Show of April 17th – 20th was very successful. We had 148 entries of paintings, sculpture, embroidery and mixed media (144 last year). In addition, 60 […]

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Art Show 2024

April 10, 2024

Our Annual Art Show will be taking place Wednesday, April 17th to Saturday, April 20th. Doors are open 10am to 5pm at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton. Featuring over […]

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Southwick Players annual awards

March 11, 2024

Southwick Players SPOSCARS

The Southwick Players’ annual SPOSCARS (Southwick Players Oscars) Awards evening, celebrating all the great and good of 2023 at The Barn, Southwick on March 9. Congratulations to all the winners […]

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Upcoming Arts Diary Events

"Gems from Stage & Screen"

BRIGHTON & HOVE CONCERT ORCHESTRA The 50 strong concert orchestra along with guest vocalists present a programme of popular music from Films & Musicals. The Windmill Theatre, Blatchington Mill School, […]

Sat 13th July @ 7:30 pm

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Villanelles Revisited

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POETRY FOR PLEASURE July 2024 15 Villanelles Revisited by Kevin Odell  22 Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Marek Urbanowicz 29 ANSWERING BACK – Living poets reply to past poetry […]

Mon 15th July @ 12:00 pm

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Strings Unbarred

Music For Connection Strings Unbarred – Monthly A supportive and inspiring place to play strings together beyond reading music.  Includes listening and learning by ear, and creating music together. Minimum […]

Tue 16th July @ 9:30 am

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Phillip Leslie (piano)

Chapel Royal Brighton

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS AT THE CHAPEL ROYAL Tuesdays 1.10–1.55pm Suggested minimum donations of £5 please. We now have cafe that open 12.30 and closes 2.10 so people can have homemade goodies […]

Tue 16th July @ 1:10 pm

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BHAC Arts Diary Summer 2024


The printed version of the summer 2024 Arts Diary is now out.
Look for your copy at libraries, community centres, information points, bars and cafes all around the area.

Alternatively become an Individual Supporter or a Business Supporter and get it delivered by post.
Please see the SUPPORTERS page for details.

Printed Arts Diary Information