Inside Out Dorset is set to transform the landscape of the county in September 2014, with ten days of free outdoor theatre, performance, dance, circus and visual installations.

As winner of the 2012 Poole Tourism Award, the festival that brought internationally acclaimed Harmonic Fields to Portland, continues to go from strength to strength, with planning for 2014 well underway.

Since its launch in 2007, thousands of people have attended Inside Out Dorset. Activate Performing Arts, the non-profit organisation behind Inside Out Dorset, anticipates that the 2014 festival will draw in the same crowds.

Kate Wood, Executive Director for Activate Performing Arts said: “We are privileged to be able to bring high quality outdoor performances to Dorset.

“We have joined with the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, which through its recent successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, has contributed £25,000 towards festival. It’s through support such as this that enables us to continue to deliver free art of this quality.”

Following an appeal from Activate Performing Arts, local, regional and nationally based artists submitted their proposals for the festival that included a wide range of creative performance and artwork. The performances are due to take place in the South Dorset Ridgeway Area, which spans between Dorchester and Weymouth.

Bill Gee, Co-artistic Director for Inside Out Performing Arts added: “We’ve had a fantastic response from artists proposing creative ideas to transform this unique landscape. Entries have included dance, outdoor performance, sound, music and live art. We will select up to eight projects and develop them over the coming year.”

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