April 20, 2022
By Featured Venues & Destinations

Meet the bold, the passionate, and the creative here, in Durham, now more attractive a destination than ever for meeting planners with the Durham Convention & Arts Complex (DPlex) offering.

Combining the Durham Convention Center, Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, Durham Armory, and additional outdoor areas, planners booking the DPlex will rejoice with more flexible space while attendees are delighted with artistic add-on options at conferences and events. Steps away from the very heart of downtown, nestled around a dynamic plaza and new public art project, with available state-of-the-art convention amenities at venues, you’ll find a variety of meeting options for unique exhibits and intimate experiences alike.

Augmented museum and mural activations tell the stories of the historic buildings and will serve as an X factor for your event. DPlex’s compilation of the four diverse venues’ space allows for 30% larger capacity than the 35,000 square feet of the recently renovated Durham Convention Center alone. Keynote speakers will be well suited in Fletcher Hall, a performance hall in the Carolina Theatre, a beloved venue graced by nationally touring musicians, comics, speakers, and theater companies in restored Beaux Arts-style 1926 décor. Reception areas featuring rotating art exhibits will wow private and corporate event-goers at the Durham Arts Council, a hub for arts and culture in Durham. And, striking a balance of flexibility and functionality, the Durham Armory makes for the perfect backdrop for breakout sessions, entertainment, banquets, or seminars.

At the center of the DPlex, a public art project – slated to be first revealed in the summer of 2022 – will dazzle an outdoor plaza that’s well-positioned for tenting and unique meeting footprints. Glow lighting and other illuminated features promise to awe crowds at night, drawing attention to a new structure in the middle of the plaza purposefully designed by a local artist team to both celebrate the meeting space and represent Durham.

Durham’s been a trending destination for some years now – named the hippest city in North Carolina, the Tastiest Town in the South, one of the top tech cities in the country, and much more. With the DPlex located less than a minute away from Durham’s walkable city center, award-winning eateries, and latest attractions, now is the time to put the Bull City first on your list for consideration. We’re willing to bet that all you’ll learn, hear, see, and do will mean you and your attendees will want to stay in Durham for much longer than the event programming itself.

Ready to provide your attendees with a “first-look” of the DPlex? Contact Discover Durham.

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