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Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows.

However, with a wide selection of spaces available, how do choose an event space that will leave your guests delighted and make you look like a superstar.

Having organised more than 140 events last year at the St Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre for clients ranging from corporate events to private celebrations, here are five questions to ask that will help you deliver a great event in Brighton.

There’s a big difference between a good event and a great event. That difference is all about how guest are left feeling after the event. Start with the question: what will make my event memorable? It may be the venue, the entertainment, the itinerary, or a combination of all of these. Think about the outcome first and reverse engineer it from there.

What makes an event unique is a combination of the location and setting. Are you looking at venues and event spaces which guests will have seen before or are you looking for venues which don’t conform to your guests’ expectations?

Brighton is blessed with a range of event spaces that are highly unusual and offer something a bit different.

One of the biggest turn-offs for guests is going to an event where it feels they could be in any other town. Why host an event in Brighton if you don’t want to feel steeped in its history and culture? Brighton has always been very bohemian and alternative. Finding a venue which feels “Brighton” is always a benefit and there are plenty that capture the history of the town. At St Augustine’s, we’re blessed with history on every wall and every detail in the building. There’s nothing better than a story behind your venue to tell your guests and to bring the event alive.

Most venues will be able to configure the layout to meet your needs. Really good venues will bring their creativity to your planning and offer ideas to make your event go off with a bang. Finding a venue with experience in developing creative ideas is essential. Check whether you can combine spaces or use the space in a way that it may not have been used before. At St Augustine’s, we have the main hall which is incredibly versatile, but we’re also able to spill out in our gardens which is perfect for events with an inside/outside element.

One way to make your event memorable is to serve great food. But sometimes it can be difficult when your venue either doesn’t have a wide range of options or doesn’t offer catering at all. We realised very quickly at St Augustine’s the importance of having a full catering option in the event space. Our EARTH Arts & Culture Cafe is a cafe by day, but also provides catering for small and large events.

Whatever your event, ask these six questions when you’re going through the organisation process and you’re sure to create a memorable event your guests will love. St Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre has established itself as one of the Brighton’s most sought-after event spaces for organisers and companies looking for something different and unusual, but quintessentially Brighton.

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Having an exhibition at St Augustine's was a great experience. The staff are eager to help and you feel very supported while there. It is a great space to exhibit in, with a lot of people calling in to use the other facilities. The atmosphere of the place is very special, it feels very inclusive and has great energy. I highly recommend the exhibition space and the Cafe is an added bonus. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome and making the exhibition a wonderful experience.
Chris Dade, Award winning photographer and exhibitor
Fantastic events space
Great customer service
Great bespoke facilities
Will use again and also recommend St Augustine's for other events.
Corporate Client, Chamber of Commerce
The staff at St Augustine's dealt all of my needs and provided an invaluable support service to my team of dancers and actors. Amazing place for contemporary and traditional dance pieces. We performed a sell out interactive theatrical production and it was very exciting.
Lee Smikle, Smikle Dance Project
The team at St Augustine's made my birthday a very special and memorable occasion.
Thank you.
Rosemary, Private party