The Associate Touring Network is a group of 10 festivals and creative organisations who are working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts. Supported by Arts Council England through the Strategic Touring Programme, it is a three-year project that aims to strengthen the outdoor sector and enable audiences across England to enjoy the highest quality new work produced by British artists.
Project partners for 2016 – 2018 are:
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 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.
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.
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
Appetite is Stoke-on-Trent’s Creative People and Places Project. It works closely with community groups to help plan and develop each year’s programme – which includes street theatre, comedy, dance, circus and acrobatics.
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.
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 is an ambitious, high-quality creative festival for the whole of Lancashire that builds on the region’s 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 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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