The Brighton Synergy Centre
The Brighton Synergy Centre, located on Brighton’s West Street, is a community arts venue designed to offer affordable creative space to any organisation working towards a positive, conscious-minded, socially inclusive and environmentally friendly society.
A 500 capacity venue, divided into two rooms of 350 and 150, is currently available for hire both mid-week and weekends. We are working to bring the larger (1200 capacity) venue online in time for the New Year.
Our aim is to use surpluses from weekend events to subsidise smaller, midweek events and activities. Community-minded groups and individuals who wish to showcase their work, build networks and engage young or marginalised people in society, promote sustainability and support those taking a more active role in producing local art and culture are invited to host weekday and evening activities at the centre.
Such events will include cultural and arts events, workshops, debates, charitable activity, community outreach programmes, educational training programmes, mindfulness, drug and alcohol awareness campaigns and the promotion of Non-Governmental Organisation activities and projects.
The Centre operates very much on a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ ethos, so we welcome participation and involvement from the community to help develop the Centre and insure it meets community needs. To find out about different ways to get involved, click here.
Synergy premises licence – sign the petition to overturn the refusal.
Our recent application for a premises licence so we can cross-subsidise midweek charitable activity and also host regular ‘consicous’ events for a more progressive and considerate audience than the one often found elsewhere on West Street was refused.
Sign the petition calling on Brighton City Council to reverse the decision here
Up Coming Events
Sat 21st Nov, Climate Change Conference, part of Brighton Climate Action Week
The John Langan Band are a dynamic trio, with a sound that is rooted in Celtic Folk but encompasses Balkan, Roma, Gypsy Swing and Flamenco. The band met in Glasgow and has been playing together for 8 years. Their performances are high energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, as they take traditional acoustic idioms and deliver them with a punk abandonment and virtuosic flare.
Renovations Complete and Spaces for Hire.
The initial stage of renovations is now complete, with the front venue (fomerly known as Hedkandi) and the space above it, now open to the public and available for hire. For pricing, please click here.
For more images of the spaces in the Centre, please click here
Synergy is delighted to announce a partnership with the Free University of Brighton, which exists to make alternative education accessible to all, regardless of income, and to provide space to think critically about the world and how it could be otherwise. It aims to create more democratic educational experiences where teachers and students learn from each other – what’s on offer is decided by local people and placed into the heart the community by making use of existing public spaces. They will be using the Centre as their central Brighton venue.
Another Venue lost in Brighton ?
The future of the new Centre will depend on whether Brighton and Hove City Council decide to prevent yet another live music venue from being lost to redevelopment. We are beginning our consultations and hope to have encouraging news soon. In the meantime, here is an interesting quote from the Brighton City Plan, which outlines the strategic vision for the City in planning terms.
Central Brighton and particularly the West Street area has been identified as a violent crime hotspot. Through effective coordination of relevant strategies and policy areas (e.g. licensing, policing and public safety) and working with the police, health agencies and other partners, the council will seek to improve safety by encouraging a more balanced range of complementary evening and night-time economy uses which appeal to a wide range of age and social groups and managing existing late night uses within identified parts of central Brighton.
Our Track Record
For more information about the historical origins of The Synergy Centre, please take a look at the web-site of The Synergy Project, the groundbreaking ‘conscious partying’ organisation that ran a series of events in London between 2003 and 2009.
Profits from ‘The Project’ were invested into converting a disused warehouse in Camberwell, South London, in to a youth and community arts centre – the first ‘Synergy Centre’.
A film we made about The Synergy Centre in Camberwell, which ran between 2005 and 2009, can be seen below.