We bring live performance to unexpected places – town centres, village squares, beaches and hilltops – for everyone to enjoy.

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 are pleased to be commissioning and presenting a range of UK and European artists in September 2021.

We celebrate Dorset and aim to promote our natural landscape and sense of place. Some of Dorset’s most remarkable urban and rural spots are transformed with experiences that touch hearts and minds like nothing else.

At the heart of what we do is a belief that performing arts should be accessible for all – no matter what your experience or background. Therefore, much of Inside Out Dorset is free to attend.

Experience extraordinary events in extraordinary places.

In everything we do, we have just two rules. Anything’s possible. And everyone’s invited.

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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