Inside Out Dorset Festival:
extraordinary events in extraordinary places.

Inside Out Dorset Festival 16th - 25th September 2016

Programme launch happening very soon. Check back in June for further updates.

Since 2005 the Inside Out Dorset Festival - which is presented every 2 years - has shown high quality, large-scale, outdoor events to more than 100,000 visitors. Combining incredible artistic work with extraordinary Dorset locations. 


The 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival will take place from the 16th – 25th September

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‘Hengistbury Headlines’ 

Activate Performing Arts is preparing to once again transform Dorset’s landscape, presenting Inside Out Dorset in 2016. The Artist Call For Proposals resulted in 80+ submissions. On 25th January 2016, we announced the 8 artists and companies who have been selected. The works created will form a new temporary installation and performance trail in the spectacular landscape of Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth from Thursday 22nd September until Sunday 25th September 2016.Discover the artists selected here.

Presented by Activate Performing Arts for Inside Out Dorset Festival and supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Dorset Arts Trust, The Arts Development Company, Pavilion Dance South West and the RSPB. In partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.


Inside Out

Here's some highlights of previous festivals which gives you a taste of the high-quality work you can expect from the 2016 festival:

Inside Out Dorset 2014 Promo from ActivatePerformingArts on Vimeo.

Impact statistics

We have collated an impressive set of statistics about the impact of Inside Out Dorset Festival 2014.