Show Calendar

ACCA x Platform B

Back in Autumn 2018 as part of our Brighton Digital Festival programme we partnered with Brighton’s youth community radio station Platform B. They visited us to host a series of live discussions from our cafe bar, as part of a day of live broadcasts they organised across the city.

Announcing our Spring season

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Our new season is now on sale! Join us for a multi-disciplinary programme of music, discussion & debate, film and theatre opening on 6 February and running through until July.

Two major theatre runs take place this Spring. ACCA are pleased to have co-commissioned the first solo work by Bryony Kimmings for over a decade – I’m a Phoenix, Bitch – and to be bringing it to Brighton (3-7 May) for the first dates outside London and as part of Brighton Fringe. Meanwhile, Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Richard Jordan Productions and Vooruit Kunstcentrum present £¥€$(LIES)(13-15 March), an interactive theatrical experience that invites to you get under the skin of the well to do and call the shots, in a casino-esque set and environment.

Further performances from international theatre makers this season include China Plate & Staatstheatre Mainz’s - Status, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Rachel Chavkin, a show about a globe spanning journey of escape (9 April). Jaha Koo brings Cuckoo (12 February) to Brighton, a bitter sweet and humorous dialogue combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crisis and death. FK Alexander’s VIOLENCE (7 March) comes to Sussex for the first time. VIOLENCE is a new performance art piece and a meditation on the cruelty of love, the weight of loneliness, the gift of desperation, the freedom of anxiety, the chrysalis of hopelessness, and the power of dreams.

An exciting new addition to ACCA’s programme for Spring 2019 will be a new strand of weekly events for film and visual culture fans: ACCA’s Cinema Club. Programmed by Brighton based arts curators, the first season of films - each Sunday across the season - will look at ideas on film around national identity and culture, land and country and movement and migration. Spend your Sunday in the cinema this Spring and see some classics or a rare screening.

Gig wise, ACCA hosts Apparat’s first UK tour date since 2013 on 26 April. Poppy Ackroyd (22 February) will perform an intimate show.

Opening ACCA’s season (6-10 February) is Virditas: The Music and Life of Hildegard Von Bingen, a festival curated by Dr Alice Eldridge (Music, Film & Media). The season of events explores contemporary resonances of the music and life of the 12thcentury abbess, through sound installations, talks and concerts.

In 2019, and for the fourth year, ACCA will collaborate with Brighton Festival, as a co-producer. Further details will be revealed on 13 February 2019 when the festival programme is announced. The University of Sussex are a major funder of Brighton Festival. Stay tuned for more info on that coming soon!

Our 2018 in a nutshell

As 2019 begins and we get everything ready for our Spring season take a moment to look back with as at a spectacular 2018!

Like what you see? Come join us and experience one of our upcoming events. The full programme can be found here

Can you share your dances with us?

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Are you the first on the dance floor or do you watch from the side? Is there a song you can’t resist moving to? What was your first dance? When did you last dance? Do you have a dance that only happens when no-one else is watching? Do you dance with your dog? Or in the kitchen while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil? Is there a movement or ritual you do every day that has become like a choreographed dance?

We all have dances that we carry with us, and Quarantine, an award-winning theatre company from Manchester, would like to hear about yours for a project at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.


This autumn Quarantine are bringing their show Wallflower to Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton on the 23 and 24 November 2018.

Wallflower is a show about dancing. The people on stage are trying to remember every dance they’ve ever danced. Some of them are professional dancers, some of them are not. Spanning a lifetime of music, fashion, politics, friendships, parties, love and loss, Wallflower is a show about how dancing can shape our lives.

Alongside this tour of Wallflower, Quarantine are inviting local people to share their own remembered dances. These will be exhibited in ACCA alongside the performances and uploaded at to create an online map of remembered dances across the UK.

How to take part?

We now have updated dates for taking part as follows:

• Sign up for a slot to meet Quarantine on 13 - 17 November 2018 in Brighton. This meeting will take approximately one hour and you can register your interest this by emailing or calling 01273 678 822.

• Answer some questions about your remembered dance

• Show some of your chosen dance while a photographer documents this to create a portrait of you.

  • Slots are limited so will be allocated accordingly!

In exchange for sharing a dance, Quarantine will arrange two free tickets for you to see Wallflower at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton on the 23 - 24 November 2018. Bring a friend, your mum, your neighbour, or perhaps someone you love to dance with…

totallyradio x The Quietus at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

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Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts present an explosive double bill this week from Gaika and Gazelle Twin (Thursday 11 October) as part of our Brighton Digital Festival programme.

Join totallyradio and The Quietus for a special ticket holders only live podcast recording with the artists at ACCA ahead of the show. The event will be chaired by tQ journalist Tara Joshi.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis for those attending the show only. The capacity is strictly limited so arrive at 6pm for a 6.15pm-6.45pm broadcast ahead of the gig - spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis upon arrival at the venue.

Experimental yet catchy, Gaika’s work is uncompromising; intent on expanding and exploring the ideas of what contemporary Black British music is.

Meanwhile, ACCA welcomes Gazelle Twin back to Brighton for what will be an electrifying performance of their new album, Pastoral. Expect a masquerade-like use of costume, toying with anonymity and bewitching audiences by masking the surface.

For tickets for the show and a chance to attend this special event visit here.

Platform B x ACCA live broadcast this weekend on campus

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As part of Brighton Digital Festival 2018 - and in celebration of the full launch of Platform B on 105.5 FM and DAB digital radio - the radio station is going on the road. They will be in our venue this Saturday (6 October) at 2.45pm broadcasting live as part of a Brighton-wide broadcast tour.

Platform B is Brighton’s first ever youth-led radio station broadcasting online since 2016 with a studio based at the Green Door Store, an acclaimed music venue underneath Brighton railway station. Directed by next generation DJs, producers and presenters, this not-for-profit radio station is re-imagining and diversifying the traditional sound of radio.

On Saturday, the Brighton & Hove Fringe Bus will host a fully mobile pop-up broadcast and engage with young people from diverse backgrounds across the city. Broadcasting live from various venues using 4G technology, there will be DJs, live MCs and a talk shows discussing topics including mental health, digital activism, the housing crisis and gender politics.

Nats Spada, station manager of Platform B said; “For many 15 to 25 year olds, radio lacks the vibrancy and interactivity of the social media platforms they use every day. Radio is ready for a 21st century reboot and the possibilities are limitless. Over the past couple of years, Platform B has been empowering young people through a passion for music and telling stories of their own lives. It has helped them develop new skills and provides experiences which open up new pathways to employment. By taking Platform B on the road, we hope to reach more young people across the city and get them involved in reimagining radio.”

The day will consist of:

Stop One - Midday - The Grenadier with The Hangleton and Knoll Project Youth Team

Stop Two - 1.15pm - The Level with AudioActive (live MCs)

Stop Three - 2.45pm - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

This event has been made possible with support from Brandwatch, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company and a grassroot award from Brighton Digital Festival.

Platform B is Brighton’s first ever youth-led radio station, broadcast online at since 2016. Platform B challenges the formal infrastructure of traditional radio, using a pop-up model to move the studio into public spaces, cafes, clubs, youth centres and major events including The Great Escape Festival.

Every aspect of the project is managed and implemented by young adults. It offers access and personal development opportunities to young people, schools, colleges and community groups. Platform B aims to become a place for bold experiments in music, spoken word, political debate and other forms of expression. Anyone who would like to get involved should go to

The Messy Edge

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Laurence Hill, Director of Brighton Digital Festival and curator of The Messy Edge, wrote his thoughts on the upcoming conference for us. The Messy Edge is Brighton Digital Festival’s in house conference which takes place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and is supported by us and the Sussex Humanities Lab. Join us for the event on Friday 28 September. The full line up and tickets for the conference can be found here.

The underpinning of the Messy Edge remains the same as it was in 2017. We cannot build a better future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present. Digital technology is not something that we can use to paper over the cracks, despite what futurists and ‘technochauvanists’ (Meredith Broussard) would have us believe. We cannot ignore the complicated, messy and ugly facts of our current social realities. The Messy Edge is not about technophobia either, we believe in the power that digital has to make better futures for everyone. The house position is, officially, critical optimism.

This year we are examining in/visibility and vulnerability in digital spaces and their echoes in the world.

I started by questioning the idea of the ‘right to be forgotten’, to have search results erased, not to be tracked across the internet and be targeted by ads in ways that seem occult-like in their ability to read your mind or to have overheard your conversations. There are many interesting and important implications in that, and they may well be touched on during the conference but it struck me that you have to be visible before you can demand the right to be forgotten.

Many people are not represented online in meaningful ways, they fight to be heard in spaces that were not designed for them and against systems that have been built to exclude them - this is as true online as it is off. Visibility brings affirmation for marginalised groups but equally, it increases vulnerability.

The tensions around in/visibility and vulnerability are something that I’m interested in and helped to shape the lineup of this year’s conference.

We have speakers exploring surveillance, immigration, vulnerable communities, access to knowledge, representation and the erasure of the line between knowledge and action. We’re exploring fundamental shifts in human behaviour and the slow gif movement.

Our speakers are historians, artists, activists, designers and academics but the Messy Edge is not solely an arts conference, nor is it an academic one - it is designed for everybody - which is why we try and keep the cost as low as possible. Pay What You Decide tickets are available.

The impact of digital is universal, our world, our lives, our behaviours are being shaped by it. It acts on us in ways that are obvious and some that are less so. It’s a tool that has unlimited potential but it’s mostly not being shaped by us, or often, for us and we all need to understand that.”

ACCA Digital discount bundles now available!

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To kick off the new season we are pleased to share with you a special ticket offer for our Brighton Digital Festival music programme.

Join us for Max Cooper, Suzanne Ciani, Martin Messier, Gaika, Gazelle Twin and James Holden from 4 - 12 October with the following special deals:

  • 10% discount when you buy two tickets for two different shows
  • 15% discount when you buy three tickets for three different shows
  • 20% discount when you buy four tickets for four different shows
  • 25% discount when you buy five tickets for five different shows

Max Cooper and Architecture Social Club present Aether (Friday 5 – Saturday 6 October) a digital installation that plays on our relationship to the forms, sounds and colours all around us. London-based Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences. A live performance by Max within the work takes place on Thursday 4 October and his latest album will be released this summer to coincide with the ACCA events.

Five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist, Suzanne Ciani, is one of the most renowned female composers in the world. She comes from Los Angeles to ACCA to perform on Monday 8 October. Following two sold out shows at Café OTO last year (her first ever performances in London), ACCA has invited Suzanne back for her latest shows in the UK. Suzanne will be sharing a double bill with Martin Messier. The Canadian artist will perform FIELD, a mesmerising audio-visual work using the electromagnetic fields of our environment, from which noise and light compositions emerge.

A second explosive double bill comes from Gaika and Gazelle Twin(Thursday 11 October). Experimental yet catchy, Gaika’s work is uncompromising; intent on expanding and exploring the ideas of what contemporary Black British music is. Meanwhile, ACCA welcomes Gazelle Twinback to Brighton for what will be an electrifying performance of their new album, Pastoral. Expect a masquerade-like use of costume, toying with anonymity and bewitching audiences by masking the surface.

James Holden and the Animal Spirits bring the final gig of the Brighton Digital Festival season at ACCA on Friday October 12. Holden’s latest live set up includes his custom-made modular synthesizer system coupled with an unlikely supporting cast of brass, wind and live percussion. The expansive and transformative psychedelic journey of The Animal Spirits is certainly Holden’s most ambitious work to date – but also his most direct and accessible.

Tickets are subject to availability and at the discretion of the vendor. Tickets need to be booked in a single transaction. This offer runs until 7pm on Friday 12 October.

See you there!

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