Inside Out Dorset is an international outdoor arts festival that takes place across the county every two years.

After postponing the 2020 festival due to the global pandemic, Activate were pleased to commission and present a range of UK and European artists in for a festival September 2021.

We pride ourselves on being open and working with others to make the performing arts accessible for all. This happens in many ways, including partnerships with one other organisation or with many. We connect communities, break down barriers and celebrate our landscape together.

Activate is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is core funded by Dorset Council and BCP Council. We seek other funding opportunities on a project-by-project basis, including for Inside Out Dorset.

For Inside Out Dorset 2021, we worked with many partner organisations and funders and would like to give our many thanks to the following the following for their continued support:

Two dancers hold hands while balancing on a chair. They are surrounded by industrial storage units.

Core Festival funders

Multi-site funders

Individual site/co-commissioning funders

Support Us

Activate is a charity and we produce the Inside Out Dorset festival. Without you, the work we do connecting communities, breaking down barriers and celebrating our landscape is not possible. To make sure Inside Out Dorset continues, please consider making a donation.

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