up in the air
Join us for a feast of outdoor contemporary circus performance and music against a dramatic background of sea and sky. Acrobatics, high wires, a boat with its own mobile storm and an illuminating finale! Bring family and friends – and more than a little curiosity!
About the artists:
the bullzini family (UK)
Eight meters from terra firma, fantastic feats of equilibrium are performed with daredevil ease on a fragile, tensile wire. Thrills and skills in a magical world of balance against the sky.UK
world beaters (UK)
High-impact drumming, dynamic choreography and beautiful lighting design combine in a fast-moving show that culminates in a huge climax of light, sound, smoke and movement.
circus geeks (UK)
Inspired by a legendary Soviet circus act, steel, concrete and motors meet in this outdoor spectacle. Truly juggling with jeopardy!
all at sea
An intimate roving theatre and sound installation, where a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of hopes and memories past, accompanied by his own personal storm …
carre curieux (BE)
Fraternal juggling and intrepid micro-acrobatics on stabilisers – this is a clown duo with a difference. Why do little brothers think they know best … or is that big brothers?
tongues of fire (UK)
Uplifting New Orleans-style jazz comes to Poole in a riot of reeds and brass, making a joyful noise for dreaming, dancing and celebration!
grace & growl and remix
We have wanted to work in Harbourside Park for many years, with its great location between Poole Park and historic Poole Quay. This wonderful expansive green area offers fantastic views out over Poole Harbour – one of the world’s largest natural harbours – with Brownsea Island sitting in the middle of the compelling vista.
Arrive for 3pm to avoid disappointment and to enable you to see everything. Download a full schedule of performances (pdf) in advance below, or collect one on the day from the festival information point. For detailed access information, please see the Up in the Air Access Guide (pdf).
festival food and drink
Enjoy locally-sourced foods and snacks from select suppliers and a drink from the Up in the Air bar.
Photos: Dan Brady, Chris Wilkes-Ciudad, Richard Kenworthy, Joe Clarke, Marie-Dominque Demers-King, Violaine Bishop, Tongues of Fire and Borough of Poole
Getting to the event
harbourside (baiter park)
A short walk from Poole Quay, Harbourside Park is easily accessed on foot or by bike, bus, train and car. Poole bus depot is situated close by, with Route One stopping immediately next to the park on Catalina Drive. Blue Badge parking will be available at Harbourside Two (Baiter) Car Park, with general public parking at Quay Visitors multi-storey, Dolphin Centre and Lighthouse car parks. Due to expected visitor numbers, we strongly recommend using these larger car parks and avoiding the Harbourside car parks for general parking. Poole Train station has frequent services between Weymouth and London Waterloo and is within a 20-minute walk of the park.