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, but we will of course programme events at much shorter notice where appropriate (eg. warm up show for a larger tour)
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. From Philosophy discussion to ballet classes our café bar and studio spaces are available to hire on an hourly basis.
Please note due to our new schedule of performance, classes and community events. As of 2017 we are unable to host private functions, celebrations and meetings.
If you are interested in hiring our venue for your performance or class you must download a Proposal Form 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.
You can download our Theatre technical specification and information here.
Theatre £75 per hour (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 £45 per hour (suitable for smaller performances, one person shows, smaller music acts, limited tech set up available)
Seated performance: (Cabaret style only) 60
Seated and standing: 80
Please note: Café furniture must stay in the room
Dance Studio £45 per hour (suitable for dance classes, meetings)
Dance Activity: 20 depending on requirements
Seated Theatre style: 30
Seated boardroom style: 24
Studio 3 £30 per hour (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.
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. We 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. We do not allow untrained staff to operate our technical equipment in either our café bar or theatre space. If you have your own tech staff for your event they must meet with our technical manager beforehand.
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.