Bournemouth’s popular Arts by the Sea Festival returns Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October
BOURNEMOUTH’S popular Arts by the Sea Festival is set to return to the beaches, gardens and outdoor spaces of the town from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October.
This year the festival, expected to attract over 120,000 people, will showcase performances, arts and installations inspired by the theme ‘Moment’.
Billed as a unique carnivalesque celebration of accessible art, the festival will feature a mix of large-scale spectaculars, music, film, art and dance created by over 100 local and national artists.
Originally launched by Bournemouth and Poole Council (now BCP) in 2011, Arts by the Sea grew to become an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation in 2015.
Highlights include the world premiere of Portal, a towering art installation by renowned design studio Lucid Creates; a pop-up skate park with demos and workshops hosted by pro BMXers and skateboarders; and mesmerising projection mappings on the Civic Centre by the Media Workshop.
The festival’s headline opening spectacular at the Civic Centre will be staged by digital arts collective, the Media Workshop. Transforming Bournemouth’s landmark building with a colourful projection mapping of 3D images and video, guests can also enjoy music from DJ Yoda. In an extended performance, the DJ will mix a bespoke piece of audio-visual featuring video moments taken from across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Each evening, the projection mappings will also feature the work of 2023 artist in residence Annie Nicholson.
A festival spokesperson said: ”Whether witnessing a dancer performing gravity defying tricks, learning a new skill, losing oneself on the dance floor, or quite simply feeling the sand beneath your feet and taking a deep breath in nature, there will be many stand out moments to embrace and take away as sacred memories.”
For full programme details visit www.artsbythesea.co.uk or visit @artbythesea on social media.