Everything happening in the ACCA this December

Your ultimate guide to the contemporary arts hub of Sussex


The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts seems like a secretive building when you first arrive at University of Sussex; there are no lectures or seminars held here, despite there being talks there on your open days and applicant days. Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the building is intended to look like a film reel, yet what actually goes on inside this funky and mysterious building?

The centre describes itself as an interdisciplinary arts hub, connecting the University of Sussex with Brighton & Hove to celebrate the contemporary arts, including music, theatre, dance, live art, discussion and debate, and digital practices. It holds an auditorium, gallery, studio, meeting rooms, and even a cafe bar which sells very good hot chocolates, tried and tested.

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To give you a flavour, here are some of the events happening in the ACCA for this month:

David Hoyle: Diamond, Saturday 2nd December, 8pm

Diamond is an intimately personal and queer performance of sexuality and British culture exploring and celebrating LGBT history from 1957 to 2017 through the biography of avant garde performer, David Hoyle.

More information and tickets are available here.

Jérôme Bel: The Show Must Go On, Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December

This mesmerising new production is performed by University of Sussex Drama Finalists and is designed to be an uncanny copy of the iconic 2001The Show Must Go On by French choreographer Jérôme Bel. What's more, the tickets are free!

More information, including times, are available here.

Hidden Orchestra, Saturday 9th December, 8pm

The live incarnation of Hidden Orchestra, who recently performed at The Royal Albert Hall, combines the duelling beats of two full drum kits, performed by Jamie Graham and Tim Lane, with piano and violin from Poppy Ackroyd, and Acheson's bass and electronics.

More information and tickets are available here.

Avant Garde Dance: Fagin's Twist, Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th December

Fagin's Twist imagines the untold story of Fagin, the villainous character in Dicken's Oliver Twist, in his youth and explores greed, ambition, and poverty through the mastery of moody and sinister hip-hop dance.

More information and tickets are available here.

Brighton Dome Coffee Concert: Zemlinksy Quartet, Sunday 17th December, 11am

Winner of major awards, the Czech Zemlinksy Quartet explore the heyday of the string quartet repertory. The two hour performance is expected to be full of energy, drama, and craftmanship, and what's more, young people aged 8 – 25 go free!

More information and tickets are available here.

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio, Wednesday 20th December 2017 – Saturday 6th January 2018

Brighton's only professional pantomime returns for Christmas with the much-loved fairy-tale of Pinocchio, bringing together Christmas magic and the wonder of the circus to delight all ages.

More information and tickets are available here.