Who we are

Without Walls is a consortium of festivals dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector on the international stage. It promotes artistic excellence amongst UK artists and challenges them to raise outdoor arts to new heights.

Without Walls – Why we do it 

Without Walls is made up of three networks: the Without Walls Artistic Directorate, the Touring Network Partnership and the Creative Development Network.

The Without Walls Artistic Directorate: Some of the UK’s most regarded outdoor arts and performance festivals. Partners work with artists, promoters, and commissioners from across the UK  to commission new high-quality, sustainable outdoor shows that available for touring. The commissioning process guarantees an influx of new shows for the outdoor arts sector and helps nurture the talent and skills of those we work with.

The Touring Network Partnership (TNP):  a network of festivals of all shapes and sizes across the UK, many in areas without proper or regular arts activity.

Without Walls works with TNP partners to create an appetite for outdoor arts across the country. The project builds off the impact of our highly influential Associate Touring Network.

Information about these festivals will be revealed in the spring.

The Creative Development Network  (CDN): a group of festivals that Without Walls is providing mentorship and development support to.

Information about these festivals will be revealed in in 2019.

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Artistic Directorate Festivals are:


Brighton Festival

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Brighton Festival, now the largest arts festival in England, is one of the major milestones in the international cultural calendar. Over a three-week period, Brighton Festival explores a wide-ranging programme of music, theatre, dance, film, and literature. It has a long tradition of attracting the most exciting performers from across the globe and promoting local artists, and bringing fresh, challenging new work to Brighton.

Head of Artistic Planning – Tanya Peters – tanya.peters@brightondome.org | brightonfestival.org


Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull


Led by Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Freedom Festival gives voice to Hull’s uniquely independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom. It believes in the capacity of high quality, accessible arts and culture to change lives and communities by inspiring young and old to engage with core human values, and to embrace and celebrate shared freedoms.

Artistic Director & Joint CEO – Mikey Martins – mikey@freedomfestival.co.uk | freedomfestival.co.uk


Greenwich & Docklands International Festival


Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives. The Festival commits to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality, and diversity of outdoor work produced, focusing on the commissioning and developing outdoor work led by Deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

Artistic Director – Bradley Hemmings – Bradley@festival.org – www.festival.org


Hat Fair, Winchester

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Hat Fair is Britain’s longest running festival of street theatre and outdoor arts – taking place in Winchester in July every year. Now in its 38th year, Hat Fair, named after the tradition of throwing donations into performance hats, first burst onto the Winchester scene in 1974 as a busker’s festival. It has developed a strong reputation and following, providing a weekend filled with hundreds of colourful and exciting performances.

Artistic Director – Andrew Loretto – andrew@hatfair.co.uk | www.hatfair.co.uk


Norfolk & Norwich Festival


Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a flagship arts organisation for the East of England with a reputation for innovative, inspirational programming and commissioning. As well as staging one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK each May, Norfolk & Norwich Festival collaborates throughout the year with local, national and international partners to produce work for a huge and diverse range of audiences, participants and communities.

Head of Production & Programme – Mark Denbigh – mark@nnfestival.org.uk – www.nnfestival.org.uk


Salisbury International Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative




Wiltshire Creative is the new pan-arts organisation incorporating Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Arts Centre.

Associate Director – Jo Newman – jo.newman@wiltshirecreative.co.ukwww.salisburyfestival.co.uk


Stockton International Riverside Festival

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Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) offers five amazing days with events including; giant puppets as tall as buildings, extraordinary spectacles of light and fire on the river, circus thrills and so much more. The streets of Stockton come alive with performers from all over the world who transform the town into a theatrical feast of fun and wonder.

Artistic director – Jeremy Shine – jeremy@streetsahead.org.uk | sirf.co.uk


Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts


The Out There Festival is the largest street arts and circus festival in the East of England. It is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading events, with an international reputation for presenting excellent artistic work and rich mix of indoor and outdoor performance.

Artistic Directors – Joe Mackintosh | Senior Producer – Veronica Stephens – veronica@seachangearts.org.uk www.seachangearts.org.uk/out-there


Just So Festival 

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The Just So Festival is an annual weekend-long camping festival for children and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature entwined with a beautiful and wondrous landscape. We offer a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash creativity. Families discover and delight in the spectacular within the woodland environment during this weekend camping event.

Artistic Directors – Rowan Hoban & Sarah Bird – sarah.bird@wildrumpus.org.uk www.justsofestival.org.uk


101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space


101 is Corn Exchange Newbury’s dedicated outdoor arts creation space, hosting residencies by professional artists and companies, and developing its own outdoor work. 101 runs a year-round programme of community engagement and professional development activities. Based within a 10,000 square ft warehouse, 101 has fabrication workshop facilities, a large and flexible rehearsal/production space, on-site accommodation and living facilities. 101 aims to give a supportive environment for companies in residence to develop new work.

Director – Simon Chatterton – Head of Outdoor Arts – simon@simonchatterton.co.uk |www.101outdoorarts.com



Previous Without Walls Partners

The Without Walls Associate Touring Network, supported by Arts Council England through the Strategic Touring Fund, exists to support the onward touring of work commissioned and presented by Without Walls. Click here to find out more


Vivacity, Peterborough

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Peterborough Arts Festival reflects everything that audiences expect from the Festival in recent years;  an eclectic programme from across the globe with an exciting mix of visual artists, dance, street performance, puppets, storytelling and music.


Bell Square, Hounslow, London

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A year-long programme of outdoor events curated by Watermans, a major arts centre in London.

Bell Square is a purpose-built outdoor arts performance space in Hounslow Town Centre. Bell Square shows a year-round programme of outdoor arts events from British and international artists. The events are free and cover many art forms, from visual arts to dance, from theatre to digital.


SO Festival, East Lincolnshire

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A lengthy event which includes international musicians, world-renowned street theatre and innovative dance, all taking place in seven different towns across East Lincolnshire, ending in Skegness for a three-day spectacular finale.


Leicester City Council


The City Festival, held in August, celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city. Taking place over ten fun-packed days, sites across the city centre come alive with entertainment including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more. Incorporating well-established favourites like Leicester Belgrave Mela, Journeys Festival, City Music Festival, and the Old Town Festival, plus an exciting programme of outdoor performance

Leicester’s celebration of Diwali is one of the largest outside of India, with over 37,000 people attending the illumination of the Diwali Lights on Leicester’s ‘Golden Mile’ and more attending the Diwali Day event itself. In addition, there is a programme of events in venues and sites around the city over a 2 week period including exhibitions, performances, and workshops


Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent


Appetite is Stoke-on-Trent’s Creative People and Places Project. It works with community groups to help plan and develop each year’s programme – which includes street theatre, comedy, dance, circus and acrobatics.


Freedom Festival, Hull


Freedom Festival is a blend of theatre, music, comedy, poetry, outdoor spectacle and performance aimed at a wide audience of all ages, bringing renowned national and international artists to Hull while providing significant opportunities for local and regional talent.


Right Up Our Street, Doncaster


The DNweekeND is Doncaster’s festival of arts and culture. Right Up Our Street brings the festival to the town centre for one weekend animating the streets of Doncaster, inside and out, showcasing an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, installations, art, poetry and spectacle.


Lancashire Encounter, Preston

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Lancashire Encounter is an ambitious, high-quality creative festival for the whole of Lancashire that builds on the regions great tradition of making and taking part. Bringing together artists, arts organisations and communities from across Lancashire, the Encounter will be a true Lancastrian celebration.


Derby Festé

Derby Feste will return to the outdoor spaces of Derby for its tenth year on 23 and 24 September. The streets arts festival promises to be the biggest one yet and will feature local, national and international artists with performances for the whole family to enjoy.


XTRAX manages Without Walls.

Without Walls is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.