The Roddick Foundation, co-founded by Anita & Gordon Roddick in 1997, is an independent and progressive organisation dedicated to supporting visionary organisations and individuals who show leadership and results in making this a more just and kind world. Dame Anita Roddick, a Brighton businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, who is best known as the co-founder of The Body Shop was a trustee of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival before her passing in 2007.
The Foundation has a strong history of supporting Brighton Festival, having contributed to a number of key commissions such as the record-breaking ‘The Rest is Silence’ (Brighton Festival 2010) by dreamthinkspeak, the acclaimed ‘Live_Transmission’ - Scanner and Heritage Orchestra rework Joy Division (Brighton Festival 2012), and free outdoor events such as ‘Waterlitz’ by French company Generik Vapeur (Brighton Festival 2012) which attracted over 50,000 attendees.
The Trustees of The Roddick Foundation said: “We recognise that Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival plays a vital role in developing culture in the city and in the local community of Brighton and Hove. We are delighted to have agreed a contribution of up to £250,000 towards the campaign to redevelop this historic venue. The funds will be put towards the ‘Build Brighton Dome’ appeal and we know Anita would have welcomed this legacy of adventure for artists and the local community.”