Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Coasters is a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to targeted coastal towns across England.

Activate is one of 10 partner organisations who have joined with the shared ambition of building relationships with audiences in those coastal areas of lower engagement and alongside this, helping to transform negative perceptions of those coastal towns.  

The partnership is led by Seachange Arts in Great Yarmouth, a former partner of ours in the PASS Channel Circus project that enabled us to bring high quality contemporary circus to the UK.

Coasters will see top quality UK and international circus and street arts work programmed in events and festivals around the coast of England.  Each Coasters partner will work with their own local partners to build audiences among the lowest engaged, while the project will also look to increase visitor audiences to each location.

Brilliant, exciting, engaging, entertaining and accessible, the work presented will be programmed with the coast in mind – appropriate to, resonant and reflective of coastal locations and audiences.

Activate's story

Activate worked with Lighthouse Poole, the Borough of Poole and Poole Tourism to produce ‘Up In the Air’ a circus and street arts celebration that formed part of Activate's flagship Inside Out Dorset Festival in September, 2016.  Artists included the The bBullzini Family, Acrojou, World Beaters, Carre Curieux and Circus Geeks.  We also worked with Artsreach and Gillingham School to present Dutch Artists Cirque Du Platzak in Gillingham and B-Side to present Ray Lee's Chorus in Portland and Weymouth, again as part of Inside Out Dorset Festival.  In October we partnered with Bournemouth Arts By the Sea Festival to co-present ‘Coulrophobia’ by Pickled Image as part of their festival programme. 

''We received wonderful feedback to show that the work thrilled and delighted our audience and we are pleased to be working within such a strong Coasters partnership.'' Kate Wood, Executive Director, Activate