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History - Past Events
The Basement (formerly Brighton Fringe) has been supporting early career artists in Brighton & Hove since 1996.  Initially the organisation focused on the delivery of the city’s fringe festival and was known as Brighton Fringe. Evolving in response to identified need, the organisation has shifted its focus from festival delivery to supporting artists/companies and delivery of artistic programme.

In September 2003, through the support of Brighton & Hove City Council and the percent for art initiative, The Basement moved into new premises in Argus Lofts in Kensington Street securing a lease for 150 years on a peppercorn rent. Consisting of undeveloped ground floor office space and basement area the premises presented an opportunity to address the lack of high quality, affordable production and rehearsal space within the city. This was instrumental in the decision of Brighton & Hove City Council to offer the space to the organisation.

A fundraising campaign began in 2005, with grants totalling £325,000 secured from SEEDA, ACESE and Foyle Foundation in 2006. The Basement secured planning, building and landlord approval. Licence for alteration to the space was granted in February 2007. Brighton-based architects Design LSM were appointed along with structural engineers Hemsley Orrell and building contractor J.R. Taskers in December 2006. Work began in March 2007. The capital development was completed in March 2008.

Following the capital redevelopment, the first full programme was presented between October and December 2008.

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