Without Walls is a partnership of 36 England-based festivals that work together through three networks:
The Without Walls Artistic Directorate (AD): Some of the UK’s most regarded outdoor arts and performance specialists. The Artistic Directorate annually invests commissioning funds into a programme of new outdoor shows that go on and tour across the UK and internationally. This process ensures an influx of new shows for the outdoor arts sector and helps nurture the talent and skills of those working in the sector.
The Touring Network Partnership (TNP): a network of festivals of all shapes and sizes across the UK in areas without regular arts activity. Without Walls works with these partners to create an appetite for outdoor arts across the country. The project builds off the impact of Without Walls’ highly influential Associate Touring Network.
The Creative Development Network (CDN): a group of festivals that Without Walls is providing mentorship and development support to in the context of helping to develop new outdoor arts programmes.
Appetite is the Arts Council England-funded Creative People and Places programme for Stoke-on-Trent.
It is all about getting more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. Led by New Vic Theatre, Appetite aims to get more people in the city to experience and be inspired by the arts.
Beginning in 2013, Appetite collaborates with local people and partners to a present a thrilling programme a world-class work on the streets of the city for all to enjoy.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have demonstrated an ambition by positively investing in arts and culture with the creation of a new culture team.
Basingstoke Festival will enter its 8th year in 2019 and is a 15-day summer arts festival based in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. With the theme ‘Art in Unusual Places’, it serves to showcase the very best of local arts talent alongside top UK and international artists and companies, additionally supporting and promoting a large number of ‘Festival in the Community’ events. The festival culminates with B LOVE, a two-day music and arts weekend featuring over 80 live performance acts.
Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the UK’s busiest and most vibrant theatres welcoming over 500,000 visitors every year to see world-class musicals, ballet, opera, contemporary dance, comedy and pantomime. In 2019, it celebrates its 120th year.
It engages many more through its ambitious programme of festivals, community work and transformational learning projects.
The Arts by the Sea festival is Bournemouth’s annual celebration of culture, bringing an intriguing, exciting and carnivalesque mix of the arts to Bournemouth’s unique and beautiful locations.
The festival aims to increase opportunities for people to participate in the arts and enhance a sense of community while supporting talented artists creating work that makes a real impact on the audience and the town. Diverse music, art and dance, site-specific installations and large-scale spectaculars are all key to Arts by the Sea. Most events are family friendly and free to attend.
Derby Festé is produced and presented by Déda, Derby LIVE, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership. It is funded by Arts Council England and Derby City Council, with sponsorship from private companies throughout Derby.
First Art will inspire more people from Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire to shape and experience great art.
First Art is the Creative People and Places programme for in this area and is supported through funding from Arts Council England.
First Art is a consortium programme led by Creswell Heritage Trust in partnership with City Arts, Junction Arts, Prince’s Trust and Ault Hucknall Environment Action Group. First Art puts people first in everything we do, providing first-hand quality experiences which allow local people to recognise the value of the arts and the role the arts can play in their own lives.
Lakes Alive is an annual festival, celebrating landscape, people and place. Taking place over three days in and around Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park, the first week of September. With an extensive pre-festival community outreach programme.
It showcases, commissions and develops work with partners for outdoors and site-specific locations. The majority of programmed activities are free and non-ticketed.
Lakes Alive embraces work that is new, experimental and unexpected, alongside more traditional quality outdoor performance work. It engages and inspires the audience to question, explore and re-imagine the world around them.
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.
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
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival attracts the best local talent in a celebration of world-class street entertainment, live music and special one-off performances. To ensure a wide-ranging exciting programme, it brings in performers from around the world to offer a vibrant and diverse cultural event.
This year marks the 15th consecutive year of the festival. It brings families and generations together, allowing them to be entertained in an attractive coastal setting, with much of the entertainment being free.
Rochdale Borough Council delivers public services to over 210,000 residents in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and The Pennines. Link4Life, the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust, is a registered charity responsible for cultural leadership, delivery and production in Rochdale Borough.
Since 2015 we have been working together to introduce family-friendly street theatre and outdoor programming to complement the core live music presented at the annual ‘Feel good Festival’, a free to attend, large scale event located in the town centre.
SO Festival is an international street art festival offering a variety of outdoor entertainment and takes place in Mablethorpe and Skegness in Lincolnshire, UK.
The Festivals mission is to work with deprived communities to make small and positive changes happen that have a big effect on people’s lives. We will do this by engaging those communities in East Lindsey facing societies biggest issues; poor physical and/ or mental health, unemployment, poor educational attainment, financial hardship and isolation. We will use ambitious and exciting collaborative culture projects as a tool to help our communities overcome their barriers to a better life.
The festival is managed by Magna Vitae, working with Artistic Director, Jens Frimann Hansen and is supported by Arts Council England – as a National Portfolio Organisation – and East Lindsey District Council.
Theatre Orchard is a professional arts development charity and North Somerset’s first Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. For the past 12 years, we have partnered with outstanding artists and organisations to create transformative experiences for people and places in North Somerset. We foreground creativity as the catalyst for cultural, community and economic regeneration; building the skills and confidence of people living in some of England’s most deprived areas, such as Weston-Super-Mare’s South Ward.
Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (VRCL) is a charitable trust delivering and developing library, cultural, sport and leisure facilities and services on behalf of the London borough of Redbridge. The Culture Team in Vision aims to support, promote, develop and deliver the arts and cultural offer across the borough through animating public spaces, enabling and encouraging engagement in culture and supporting and promoting the voluntary arts sector.
Ken Aston Square and Ilford Town Centre Outdoor Arts Programme is an exciting, engaging and accessible series of high-quality performances in the heart of the community. The programme runs from June to September and is completely free for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy and take part in.
Wakefield Council has long recognised the benefits of investing in cultural and creative provision. Evidence shows that creativity and culture have the power to drive physical and social regeneration; build individual and community confidence, support learning and skills; promote inclusion and diversity, and support our mental and physical wellbeing. Perhaps above all, opportunities to be creative and enjoy cultural experiences are a fundamental source of enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; undoubtedly helping people and places to thrive.
Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar is a project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE), our work focuses on the rich heritage, culture and community engagement within these truly great places.
Over three years the WE Great Place team will deliver an exciting range of cultural activity, inspired by the vivid history linked to the fascinating Wentworth Woodhouse and Earl Fitzwilliam’s industrial empire at Elsecar. Our vision is to raise the aspirations of young people in the local area and help them achieve their potential using new, innovative methods of engagement.
Great Place is led by Barnsley Council, representing a close partnership with Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.great