Artistic Vision

The Basement presents the best national and international contemporary performance, creating experiences that are inspirational, provocative and sometimes unexpected. As the South East’s only dedicated presenting and producing house of contemporary performance, we nurture and stimulate the creation of new work. The Basement is a springboard for artists, providing opportunities to take risks, challenge practices and make their mark. The Basement is an ambitious venue that has a burgeoning international and national reputation that far exceeds its physical size.


The Basement was born in 2003, emerging from the derelict subterranean space that was formerly The Argus Newspaper building with big ideas and a desire to test the boundaries. Using this unique and atmospheric space to the full, the venue is endlessly adaptable, offering a rich variety of experiences for audiences. Built on a dynamic and rigorous artistic vision, the venue provides a laboratory where artists and audiences meet at close quarters and new chemical reactions are discovered.

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