Number #12 on the We Love Brighton list of things to do is Visit Brighton Dome!
Brighton Dome is a lavish multi-arts venue, located 'at the cultural heart of one of England’s most creative cities' (as per their website, www.brightondome.org). Adjacent to the Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Dome started life as the stables and riding-house of the Prince Regent, and has accumulated a rich and varied history over the last 200 years. And nobody who has visited has any excuse not to know this as it is written in bold gold around the walls of the Dome Cafe! We decided that the cafe has always looked like this inside, with the bar the feeding trough for the horses, with their every watery desire on tap. That's totally what the Prince Regent did, right? Though maybe not with the tiled floors... that's would be a bit loud with all those shod hooves. And we wonder what the gold writing would have said back then?... 'This Dome was built by William Porden last year, so make sure you're nice to him when he comes in for a ride'. Yep, that was it, definitely.
It is actually very fitting that our visit to the Dome coincides with Eurovision week, as the famous song contest was held there in 1974 when ABBA won for Sweden with “Waterloo”! And it wasn't just ABBA that impressed - their conductor dressed as Napoleon! Here's a clip of that performance...
With many Brighton Festival events occurring at Brighton Dome this month, the venue was swarming with people when we visited in the early evening. There were some wonderful oversized sculptures on display, including one of a seagull that had Tyler intimidated, and we all a good wander around the main foyer areas peeking at the beautiful interior. Being poor artists, we couldn’t afford to actually attend anything that was playing at the Dome. However, being poor artists, we were definitely able to scrounge together enough pennies to have a drink or two at the bar... And some delightfully moist cake.