Hire and Programming
The Gate is a professional arts centre based within a highly multicultural area in Cardiff. We are a registered charity, and exist to enrich the lives of the people within our diverse community. Based in a Grade II listed former church, The Gate has retained many of its original features including stained glass windows, pews and the pulpit can be found in our newly refurbished Café Bar.
Over the past few years, we’ve hosted top quality performers such as; Rumer, Cate Le Bon, John Grant, The Puppini Sisters, Lesley Grant, Al Lewis, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, LAU, The Staves, Eddi Reader, Alexei Sayle, Germaine Greer, The Lemonheads, GoGo Penguin, Gaz Coombes, King Charles and many more.
We are the campus for a full-time performing arts course and we programme our work based on three seasons in a year, broadly in line with term times. Throughout the year we are actively looking to present a wide range of high quality performing arts events for a wide audience.
Our programme can get very busy and we would recommend looking at programming an event up to 9 months ahead of time.
Our programme has also hosted a variety of top quality amateur and community groups alongside professional productions.
In order to keep a balanced and varied programme, we have placed a limit of 9 amateur and community performances taking place a year. This equates to an average of 3 per term depending on other programming during that time. Given this limited availability we advise to contact us as early as possible with dates. Inevitably we won’t be able to accommodate all requests.
We run regular classes and café nights during weekday evenings for both our local community and for wider audiences.
Please note due to our new schedule of performance, classes and community events. We no longer hire our spaces for private functions, celebrations, weddings or parties.
If you are interested in hiring our venue for your performance or class you must download a proposal form (click here) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the high demand of enquiries we receive only fully completed proposal forms sent via the bookings email will be accepted. If your proposal is successful our bookings team will be in touch to discuss your booking in more detail.
We are now fully booked for our 2017 and Spring 2018 programme.
Theatre (suitable for large theatre performances, gigs)
Seated (Pews and chairs in central space) 320
Seated (Pews and cabaret style in central space) 235
Seated (Just pews, all sides) 270
Seated (pews) and Standing (central space) 350
Café Bar (suitable for smaller performances, one person shows, smaller music acts, limited tech set up available)
Seated performance: (Cabaret style only) 60
Seated and standing: 70
Please note: Café furniture must stay in the room
Dance Studio (suitable for dance classes, meetings)
Dance Activity: 20 depending on requirements
Seated Theatre style: 30
Seated boardroom style: 24
Studio 3 (suitable for small classes, meetings)
I would like to perform at the Gate how do I go about booking a date?
As we get a high number of enquiries to perform at The Gate we ask that a proposal form is filled in and emailed to our bookings team. With that information, we are then able to consider your performance and where it may fit into our schedule. There is a limited amount of performance slots available in each term. We try and programme a balance of professional and amateur performances across different genres so that we can bring a varied and interesting programme to our community. Our 2018 programme continues to develop our classes and café events. Because of our regular events we’re unable to host multiple dates for theatre performances.
In which space can I hold my performance or class?
We programme events in the space most suitable for the event. For our main theatre we only programme events that we consider to reach and audience of over 200, the space is very large and can feel very empty otherwise! For smaller performances we advise our café bar is ideal. This can hold up to about 70 for a small gig or theatre performance.
Studio 3 is our smallest studio space and can hold about 25, perfect for small community groups.
The dance studio holds most of our more active classes, depending on the class this can hold up to about 20 for an activity class.
What happens next after I submit my proposal form?
Our bookings team meet regularly to consider all proposals carefully, taking in to consideration all information submitted. We aim to get back within 10 workings days if successful and arrange a meeting to discuss options further.
If I am successful what do I have to do next?
We will arrange to meet you and discuss your requirements and confirm costs. A contract will then need to be signed by both parties and a deposit of 25% of cost be paid to secure your booking.
When can I start Marketing my event?
Once a contract has been agreed and a deposit paid you can then start marketing your event. The Gate although not a promoter will of course support what you are doing by including on our website, social media and brochure (depending when in the year you book) at no extra cost. We advise you don’t advertise before an agreement is made as your booking is not confirmed before then and may not go ahead.
How do I sell tickets for my event?
We ask that you use our box office to sell most tickets for your event. As we help to advertise your event we often get customers coming in person to purchase tickets. You can also sell tickets yourself elsewhere but must keep us informed of numbers and give us a sales list on the day of your performance.
What tech support is provided?
As part of discussing requirements our technical staff will advise on what set up is needed and what Gate equipment can be used. Both a sound engineer and lighting technician may be needed. This is decided by our technical manager and charged accordingly. A Gate technician must be present for the set up and running of your event, the minimum charge is £216. Each additional technician will be charged for their time depending on the requirements of the production.
What if my event time over runs?
Your agreement will include any set down and get out times. If your event runs over the timings provided additional costs may be charged.