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Expect an unusual celebration of the autumn equinox, a sleepover with the RSPB and dazzling pyrotechnics at nightfall, as Inside Out Dorset, the biennial festival of outdoor art and performance returns.

Welcome to 
Inside Out Dorset 2016

Over ten days in September, we're going to be transforming some of Dorset's most remarkable landscapes with exceptional experiences - all of which are FREE to attend.

We're looking forward to your joining us on our performance adventure across the county.  

Bill Gee and Kate Wood, Co-Artistic Directors
Inside Out Dorset, produced by Activate


what's on


ray lee (uk)

fri 16 sept (new ground)
sat 17-sun 18 sept (weymouth)

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le cirque du platzak (nl)

sun 18 sept

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and now: (uk)

sat 17-tue 20 sept

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up in the air

various artists

sat 24 sept

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hengistbury headlines

various artists (uk)

thur 22 – fri 23 sept
sat 24 – sun 25 sept

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support us

Please help us in continuing to present high quality large scale work by making a donation. If you want to take a greater part through sponsoring and patronage we would be delighted to talk to you too.

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latest news

Fl-utter-ances listening walks

Fl-utter-ances listening walks

9 August 2016

An Associate Programme project, part of the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival As part of the Associate Programme for this year’s Inside Out Dorset Festival, we are delighted to be working with participants from the SWOP project at Cherry Tree Nursery in …

RSPB Big Wild Sleepout at Hengistbury Head

RSPB Big Wild Sleepout at Hengistbury Head

11 June 2016

Shhh! Book quickly, this event is going to be popular! To coincide with the incredible art installations set in the nature reserve of Hengistbury Head from 22nd-25th September, the RSPB are planning a series of their very popular, family Sleepouts. …

Grace & Growl, contemporary dance company for older adults

Grace & Growl, contemporary dance company for older adults

11 June 2016

Grace & Growl will be performing at Inside Out Dorset Festival, Up In The Air, Harbourside Park, Poole on September 24th. Anna Golding, acclaimed dance practitioner and former team member at Activate (and she was Artistic Director of our integrated …

from the archive

Inside Out Dorset 2014

Find out about the 2014 festival here - and those in 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2007...

what people say

Inside Out Dorset has been offering extraordinary events in extraordinary places since 2007, gaining a strong reputation for contempoary arts. Here’s what the art world had to say:

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Simon Mellor Executive Director, Arts & Culture for Arts Council England

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get involved

There are lots of ways to get more involved with Inside Out Dorset, through talks, workshops and professional development opportunities.

volunteers - we need you!

Our volunteers are a dedicated and happy bunch - and we couldn't run the festival without them. Come and join the team this year!