Who we are

Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector. The Associate Touring Network supports the onward touring of work commissioned and presented by Without Walls.

Without Walls Trailer 2015, presented by Jo Burns, Chair of Without Walls

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 rise outdoor arts to new heights.

The Consortium uses its collective extended networks to work with artists, promoters and commissioners, from across the UK and internationally,  to ensure that high quality, well researched outdoor shows – on both the large and small scale and suitable for national and international touring – are generated.

We nurture talent and skills by producing new work through commissions and co-productions that support the growth of the outdoor performance sector.

Click here to view Without Walls Advocacy Brochure – this document represents a reflection on what has been achieved since 2007.

Click here to view Without Walls – On Tour – which contains information about all the shows, commissioned or supported by Without Walls, which are currently available for touring.


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The Consortium partners are:


Brighton Festival – 6th – 28th May 2017

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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 across music, theatre, dance, film and literature. It has a long tradition of attracting the most exciting performers from across the globe, as well as promoting local artists, and bringing fresh, challenging new work to Brighton.

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


Greenwich & Docklands International Festival – 23rd June – 1st July 2017


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 is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in this country, with a particular focus on the commissioning and development of outdoor work led by Deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

Artistic director – Bradley Hemmings – www.festival.org


Hat Fair, Winchester – 30th June – 2nd July 2017

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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 since 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 – 12th – 28th May 2017


Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a flagship arts organisation for the East of England with a reputation for innovative, inspirational programming and commissioning. In addition to 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.

Artistic director – William Galinsky – william@nnfestival.org.uk | www.nnfestival.org.uk


Salisbury International Festival – 26th May – 10th June 2017


Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in July 1973. Since then, over a million people have enjoyed outstanding performances of theatre, dance, film and every kind of music, plus literary events and the visual arts. From mid-May to early June each year, the beautiful historic city of Salisbury is transformed as people flock to the Festival, enjoying both ticketed events and free performances.

Festival director – Toby Smith – Toby@salisburyfestival.co.uk | www.salisburyfestival.co.uk


Stockton International Riverside Festival – 3rd August – 6th August 2017

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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 – Jan Doherty – jan.doherty@stockton.gov.uk | Associate Artistic Director – Frank Wilson – frank@eventi.co.uk |sirf.co.uk


Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts – 15th & 17th September 2017


The Out There Festival is the largest festival of it’s kind in the east of England and 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 & Laurie Miller-Zutshi laurie@seachangearts.org.uk | www.seachangearts.org.uk/out-there


Just So Festival – 18th – 20th August 2017

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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 are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. We provide 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 | 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, as well as developing its own outdoor work. 101 also runs a year-round programme of community engagement and professional development activities. Based within a 10,000 square ft warehouse, 101 contains fabrication workshop facilities, a large and flexible rehearsal/production space, onsite accommodation and living facilities. 101 aims to provide a supportive environment for companies in residence to develop new work.

Director – Simon Chatterton – Head of Outdoor Arts |www.101outdoorarts.com



Without Walls Associate Touring Network

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 have come to 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.


Yorkshire Festival


Yorkshire Festival transforms the county with 18 days of world-class experiences taking place in towns and cities across Yorkshire. The UK’s newest international festival builds on the resounding success of the first edition in 2014. Yorkshire Festival celebrates the county’s rich cultural offer and welcomes artists from around the globe. Expect the unexpected with spectacular outdoor performances, the very best music, performing and visual arts, and a wealth of events to participate in.


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 at 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 are filled 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 biggest 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  work closely 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 participating.   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.



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