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Gulbenkian is the University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University commitment to public engagement and has a particular focus on the creative empowerment of children and young people.  The building contains a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and a café which incorporates an informal cabaret style space for live music, comedy and slam poetry.

Find us at...

  • Gulbenkian
  • University of Kent
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT2 7NB


To ensure the best use of our facilities please notify the Tickets & Information Office of your requirements when booking on 01227 769075 or by email.

Theatre: 12 wheelchair spaces available- advance booking essential.
Cinema: 10 wheelchair spaces available - advance booking essential.
Colyer-Fergusson Hall: 3 wheelchair spaces available - advance booking essential.
Dedicated parking spaces in Central Car Park.
Level access to the foyer and cafe through automatic doors. Level access to cinema, theatre and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.
Disabled accessible toilet in Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson.
Assistance dogs welcome.
Infra-Red Audio system for the hearing impaired. Allows patrons to independently control the level of volume required, from any seat in the theatre. Two types of headsets are available; one for people who do not use hearing aids and one for use in conjunction with a hearing aid, by switching it to the 'T' position. Headsets available from the Front of House team, please ask at Tickets & Information for more information. A refundable deposit is required.

Handrails on the stairs in the cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

Lift available to first floor for Cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Please be aware that we can only accommodate wheelchair uses on the ground floor of the cinema.

Hard of Hearing Subtitles: Gulbenkian is committed to offering Hard of Hearing Subtitles om a Tuesday evening screening where available. If Tuesday or Hard of Hearing subtitles is unavailable we will endeavour to screen another film that week with subtitles.

Audio Description: Gulbenkian is committed to offering Audio Desciption on a range of cinema screenings where available. There are specific seats where Audio Description is available in our cinema. Please see Audio Description Seating Plan for more information

Our Events

  • Kent

    Tom Brace: Brace of Spades

    29-Feb-2020 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM

    Tom Brace returns with a brand-new magic show for the whole family! Following on from his sold out Edinburgh Fringe run, Tom is on the road again.

    8 - 16 years
  • Kent

    Family Film: Toy Story 4

    01-Mar-2020 13:30 PM - 15:30 PM

    When Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent

    Meet Me a Tree

    03-Mar-2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    An interactive first opera for 0-2 year olds and their carers.

    0 - 2 years
  • Kent

    This Girl Can Family Day 2020


    You’re never too young to fight for gender equality!

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent


    07-Mar-2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    An immersive family show built with mud and powered by thoughts. It will leave you with dirty hands and a wondering mind.

    5 - 10 years
  • Kent


    07-Mar-2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    An immersive family show built with mud and powered by thoughts. It will leave you with dirty hands and a wondering mind.

    5 - 8 years
  • Kent

    Family Film: Frozen II Sing-Along

    07-Mar-2020 11:30 AM - 13:45 PM

    A special sing-along screening where you can sing along with your favourite characters as they sing including 'Into The Unknown', 'Lost in the Woods' and 'When I am Older.'

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent

    Family Film: Dolittle

    08-Mar-2020 13:30 PM - 15:30 PM

    Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature's most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals.

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent

    Family Film: The Call of the Wild

    22-Mar-2020 13:30 PM - 15:30 PM

    A big-hearted dog’s life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon.

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent

    The Bear

    01-Apr-2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    One night when she's fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

    3 - 10 years
  • Kent

    Oh No, George!

    18-Apr-2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who wants to be good but just can’t resist temptation.

    3 - 10 years
  • Kent

    The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel

    02-May-2020 15:00 PM - 16:00 PM

    Award winning METRO-BOULOT-DODO are joining forces with Open Theatre Company to bring their creative flair and quirky sense of humour to the infamous fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.

    5 - 12 years
  • Kent


    11-May-2020 16:30 PM - 17:30 PM

    Large in size and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.  Zog tries so very hard, perha...

    3 - 10 years
  • Kent

    The Great Race!

    16-May-2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    The ever inventive British-Japanese theatre company; A Thousand Cranes presents the thrilling the story of how the Eastern Zodiac calendar was created with a race set to cause all sorts of problems fo...

    4 - 10 years
  • Kent

    Sweet Dreams

    26-May-2020 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM

    Leave the ordinary behind and step into a place of wonder; snuggle down in a place of still, silent sleepy slumber, a place just for you…..

    3 - 10 years
  • FREE

    Breakin’ Convention: Hip Hop vs Jazz

    05-Jun-2020 17:00 PM - 20:00 PM

    We are delighted to once again be hosting national hip hop festival Breakin’ Convention in partnership with The Marlowe Theatre.

    0 - 16 years
  • Kent

    Dash Café: A Faraway Feast

    20-Jun-2020 12:00 PM - 16:00 PM

    Celebrate Refugee Week with Dash Arts’ family day.

    0 - 16 years


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