Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has announced that in partnership with Digital Catapult the Dome will get a 5G upgrade, making for one of the first 5G-powered large scale performance, arts and cultural venues in the UK.
Initially, the 5G network will be available in the Brighton Dome’s Founders Room and foyer, and it will allow small local businesses, artists and community groups to create and test 5G applications.
The project will look to develop interesting 5G use cases for the venue over the next year, with examples given including real-time, high-quality live streaming of performances.
Arts and culture might not seem like the most obvious area to benefit from 5G, but in fact it could have a big impact. As Andrew Comben, Chief Executive at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival explained:
“Brighton Dome will be among the first arts venues in the country to explore the potential of 5G technology in the application of new artistic work and performance. Not only will it offer artists the chance to create exciting new work but our audiences and visitors to Brighton will be able to enjoy and experience arts events in a completely different way. We’re excited by the endless possibilities this could bring to the future of creativity.”
Building on Brighton's 5G start
This 5G upgrade – which builds on the success of Digital Catapult’s existing 5G Brighton testbed delivered with Wired Sussex at the Fusebox – could boost the region’s economy and aid small businesses and artists, by helping them develop and deliver works in ways that might not have been possible with 4G.
This isn’t the first creative use of 5G we’ve seen either. Three for example recently helped deliver the world’s first 5G mixed reality catwalk show, during London Fashion Week. Expect to see many more innovative and unusual uses for 5G in the arts and beyond in the coming months and years.