up in the air

Various artists

Performance: This event has already taken place
Location: harbourside (baiter park)

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

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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.

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circus geeks (UK)

Inspired by a legendary Soviet circus act, steel, concrete and motors meet in this outdoor spectacle. Truly juggling with jeopardy!

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all at sea

acrojou (UK)

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 …

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petit frere

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?

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music from

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!

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community performances

grace & growl and remix

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venue choice 
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.

visitor information
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

Supported by:

Core funded by Dorset County Council.