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Arts by the Sea 2016

Extraordinary scenes of light, sound, fire, music and colour at the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

The sun shone, the wind blew, the crowds cheered and applauded, flames were thrown, astronauts, acrobats and bicycles flew, mermaids sang, giant jellyfish floated and the iconic Bandstand rocked. Featuring fiery seafront gatherings, projection-mapped trees, dancing metamorphosing horses, sonic orbs, giant coast guards on blades, kids’ raves, marauding clowns and urban poetry, 2016’s Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival has been a fantastically surreal and intriguing experience. Over 80 diverse performances and acts were enjoyed by 110,000 festival goers over eight action-packed days.

“Once again Bournemouth has hosted a wonderful festival of Art Culture and Diversity which had tourists and residents alike entertained and inspired. I would particularly like to thank everyone who participated in and attended the event and also express my gratitude to Arts Council England for all their support and creative inspiration.” Councillor Lawrence Williams, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure & Arts, Bournemouth Borough Council.

This annual autumn festival of arts and culture encompassed Bournemouth’s stunning seafront and beaches, award winning gardens and various indoor venues including The Russell-Cotes Museum, Pavilion Dance South West, The Shelley Theatre, and The Bournemouth Natural Science Society.

Amanda Barrie, Festival Director – “The sixth Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival has been a great success. With wonderful performances, strong commercial interest, incredible autumn weather, record attendances, amazing audience participation and an incomparable atmosphere, this event is going from strength to strength.”

Creative Producer Roxy Robinson adds, “The whole festival team is delighted with the result of this year’s Arts by the Sea. With the feast of artistic talent hosted in Bournemouth’s most beautiful locations, and a higher level of direct footfall and engagement than ever before, it’s been the most successful festival yet. Plans are already underway for 2017 and we look forward to delivering yet another diverse offering of music, theatre, installation and performance art.”

Next year’s Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival dates are confirmed – October 14th – 21st 2017.