Mapping 2021: Part 1 back to listing

We’ve been working on the first part of our ongoing project to map 2021 plans and projects for Outdoor Arts in the UK; this first part looks at urban and rural festivals, venue programmes, purpose-built outdoor spaces and field and coastal festivals which include work from the Outdoor Arts performance sector.

Below is a list of what we know so far, and huge thanks to everyone who has taken part in this exercise.

Subject to Change

We are really pleased to see that there are so many positive plans, but it cannot be overstated that everything here is subject to amendment, postponement and rescheduling – as lockdowns, roadmaps and other factors dictate.

Work in Progress

The next parts of this project will look at carnival, mela and winter light festivals. If you would like to be involved in those parts of the project or have anything to add or update here, please contact us:

Liverpool River of LightLiverpool23 Mar-5 Apr
Invisible Dances - PDSWBournemouth6-10 Apr
Behind Closed Doors - 27 DegreesSpitalfields14-17 Apr
Legends, Lights & Lullabies - SparePartsSandbach17 Apr
Brighton FestivalBrighton1-30 May (and possibly beyond)
The Hull VigilHull3 May-3 May 2022
Puddings & Pathways FestivalEast Sussex12, 18, 26 May
Coventry Moves - Coventry 2021Coventry15 May
SemaphoreHastings17 May
Norwich & Norfolk Festival (Garden Party 22-23 May)Norwich17-30 May
C-O-N-T-A-C-TSalford / Manchester18 May-27 Jun
Lightnight LiverpoolLiverpool21 May
Estuary 2021Thames Estuary22 May-13 Jun
AND FestivalManchester27 May-11 Jul
Without Walls @ Our Place - Brighton FestivalBrighton28-20 May
Bath Fringe Festival - Bedlam FairBath28 May-13 Jun
Maltings Theatre: Roman Theatre Outdoor Season St Albans28 May-11 Jul
Streets of BexhillEast Sussex29 May
City Encounters - Wiltshire CreativeSalisbury30-31 May
Highstreet PlaygroundRoyal Tunbridge Wells31 May-6 Jun TBC
Hereford River CarnivalRiver WyeMay - TBC
Nottingham Puppet FestivalNottinghamMay-Jun - TBC
Pitlochry Festival Theatre Outdoor Season Pitlochry3 Jun-10 Sep
Streets of BattleEast Sussex5 Jun
City of London (A Thing of Beauty)London13 Jun-31 Oct
Bell Square / WatermansHounslow14 Jun-18 Dec
Journeys Festival International - Refugee WeekLeicester / Manchester / Portsmouth14-20 Jun
Basingstoke Festival Basingstoke24 Jun-11 Jul
Wandsworth Arts FringeWandsworth25 Jun-11 Jul
Streets of RyeEast Sussex26 Jun
Beach of Dreams - KinetikaEast Coast26 Jun-1 Aug
Regent's Park Open Air TheatreLondon26 Jun-18 Sep
Fusion Festival - Cohesion PlusGravesendJun - TBC
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - Street SundayHebden BridgeJun - TBC
Manchester Day ParadeManchesterJun - TBC
National Festival of MakingBlackburnJun - TBC
Didsbury Arts FestivalDidsburyJun - TBC
Physical FestLiverpoolJun - TBC
Accelerate Festival - Spare PartsOldhamJun - TBC
Imagine WatfordWatfordJun - TBC
The Line - Madge GillRoyal Docks, LondonJun - TBC
Making SpacesRoyal Docks, LondonJun - TBC
Iris Theatre Outdoor Theatre FestivalCovent GardenJun-Aug - TBC
Under Canvas FestivalInverness1 Jul - 30 Sep
Hat FairWinchester2-4 Jul
Surge FestivalGlasgow2-4 Jul
Ports FestPortsmouth2-4 Jul
Timber FestivalLeicestershire2-4 Jul
Bradford Fringe FestivalBradford3 Jul-1 Aug
Henley Festival: Summer FlingOxfordshire8-10 Jul
Buxton Festival FringeBuxton7-25 Jul
Mouth of the Tyne FestivalTynemouth10-11 Jul
Bridgwater Quayside FestivalSomerset9-10 Jul
IF:MKMilton Keynes10-30 Jul
TILT FestivalBirmingham12-18 Jul
National Children's Carnival WeekNational12-18 Jul
Hullaballo in the ParkDarlington12-25 Jul
Bristol Harbour Festival Bristol16-18 Jul
Fleetwood Tram Sunday (In Memorium) - SparePartsFleetwood16-18 Jul
Summer Streets Sunderland16-19 Jul
Bedworth Party in the ParkBedworth17 Jul
Same But Different - The Arches Festivals, Severn Arts Worcester19-23 Jul
Our City Dances - South East DanceBrighton & Hove19-24 Jul
Bluedot FestivalCheshire22-25 Jul
WOMADWiltshire22-25 Jul
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley FestivalHeredfordshire22-25 Jul
Latitude FestivalSuffolk22-25 Jul
Ensemble Festival, Certain BlacksRoyal Docks, London23-25 Jul
Camp BestivalIsle of Wight29 Jul-1 Aug
Stockton Riverside International Festival Stockton29 Jul-1 Aug
Kendal CallingKendal29 Jul-1 Aug
Festival of the SkyCleethorpes29 Jul-1 Aug
Green Gathering Chepstow29 Jul-1 Aug
Underneath the Stars FestivalCawthorne30 Jul-1 Aug
Enchanted LeonardsleeWest Sussex30 Jul- 8 Aug
Summer in Southside - Birmingham HippodromeBirminghamJul - TBC
TrAction - Spare PartsCreweJul - TBC
Taliesin DanceDaysSwanseaJul - TBC
Dagfest, Creative Barking & DagenhamDagenhamJul - TBC
Mirfield Arts FestivalMirfieldJul - TBC
Thamesmead FestivalSouthmere ParkJul - TBC
Merchant City FestivalGlasgowJul - TBC
Taunton LiveTauntonJul - TBC
Happy Streets - Nine Elms on the South BankWandsworthJul - TBC
iVamos! Latin American FestivalLeeds + North EastJul - TBC
The BridgeRoyal Docks, LondonJul - TBC
Castaway - Coventry 2021CoventryJul-Aug - TBC
Scoot Theatre Summer TourSurrey / Kent / Berks5 Aug-5 Sep
B-Side Hip Hop FestivalBirmingham7 Aug
Art in the ParkLeamington Spa7-8 Aug
Boomtown FairWinchester11-15 Aug
CVX Festival - Coventry 2021Coventry12-15 Aug
St Leonards' FestivalEast Sussex14 Aug
IncludFest - Tin ArtsDurham14 Aug
The Hatchling - TriggerPlymouth14-15 Aug
Gloworm FestivalNottinghamshire14-15 Aug
Green Man FestivalBrecon Beacons19-22 Aug
Just So FestivalCheshire20-22 Aug
Geronimo FestivalCheshire20-23 Aug
Wakefield Festival of the EarthWest Yorkshire20-30 Aug
Freedom FestivalHull20 Aug-5 Sep - TBC
Moving Parts - Newcastle Puppetry FestivalNewcastle21-22 Aug
Electric MedwayChatham21-30 Aug
Towersey FestivalTowersey27-30 Aug
Greenwich+Docklands International FestivalLondon27 Aug-11 Sept
Exeter Street Arts FestivalExeter28 Aug
Big Feast, AppetiteStoke-on-TrentAug - TBC
Bradford Festival BradfordAug - TBC
Devizes International Street FestivalDevizesAug - TBC
Leicester City FestivalLeicesterAug - TBC
Elephant and the Nun FestivalSouthwarkAug - TBC
Boing FestivalCanterburyAug - TBC
Making Spaces WalksRoyal Docks, LondonAug - TBC
Kids Summer Splash Royal Docks, LondonAug - TBC
Rochdale Feel Good Festival - Spare PartsRochdaleAug - TBC
Wonderful World, Culture House GrimsbyAug - TBC
Totally ThamesLondon1-30 Sep
Vintage by the SeaMorecambe4-5 Sept
Nairn FestivalNairn4-12 Sep
Birmingham International Dance FestivalBirmingham5-21 Jun
Arts + Health WeekenderWeston-super-Mare8-26 Sep
Whirligig Festival of Outdoor Arts - Theatre OrchardWeston-super-Mare11 Sep
All in the Mind FestivalBasingstoke11 Sep
Henley FestivalOxfordshire15-19 Sep
Out There Festival - Out There ArtsGreat Yarmouth17-19 Sep
Holmfirth Arts FestivalWest Yorkshire17-19 Sep
Lancashire EncounterPreston17-19 Sep
Inside Out Dorset - ActivateDorset17-26 Sep
Festival of ThriftRedcar25-26 Sep
Journeys Festival of Outdoor DanceRother25-26 Sept
Derby FestéDerby25-27 Sep
Wye Valley River FestivalWye ValleySep - TBC
SO FestivalSkegnessSep - TBC
The Full Shebang - First ArtMansfieldSep - TBC
Witham Puppet FestivalWithamSep - TBC
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Bournemouth1-3 Oct
Bloomsbury FestivalLondon15-24 Oct
Journeys Festival International - Refugee WeekLeicester / Manchester / Portsmouth15-25 Oct
Hastings Storytelling FestivalHastings16-24 Oct
Fire on the WaterGreat Yarmouth21 Oct-6 Nov
Leap FestivalLiverpoolOct - TBC
The Winter DrovingPenrithOct - TBC
Yorkshire Festival of StorySettleOct - TBC
Royal Docks Originals FestivalRoyal Docks, LondonOct - TBC
Paisley Halloween FestivalPaisleyOct - TBC
Now NorthwichCheshireOct - TBC
The Line - Yinka IloriRoyal Docks, LondonOct - TBC
Tunbridge Wells Puppet FestivalTunbridge WellsOct - TBC
LumiereDurham18-21 Nov
Dunster by CandlelightSomerset3-4 Dec
Woolwich Winter WarmerWoolwichDec - TBC
January 2022
Bexhill After DarkEast Sussex22 Jan 2022
Various dates | Ongoing Programmes
Applause Rural TouringKent / East Sussex / West SussexVarious - TBC
Arcola OutsideLondonVarious - TBC
Arts AliveShropshireVarious - TBC
Barbican CentreLondonVarious - TBC
Bell Square HounslowVarious - TBC
Brick BoxBradfordVarious - TBC
Brighton Open Air TheatreBrightonVarious - TBC
Canary Wharf Arts & EventsLondonVarious - TBC
Circulate LondonVarious - TBC
Corn Exchange / 101NewburyVarious - TBC
Culture WestonWestonVarious - TBC
DN Festivals - Right Up Your StreetDoncasterVarious - TBC
Dolphin CreativeNationalVarious - TBC
Emergency Exit ArtsGreenwichVarious - TBC
English HeritageNationalVarious - TBC
Fool's ParadiseNationalVarious - TBC
Festival of FoolsBelfastVarious - TBC
Global StreetsNationalVarious
Great Place Wentworth & ElsecarSouth YorkshireVarious - TBC
Lincoln Performing Arts CentreLincolnVarious - TBC
Little Angel TheatreLondonVarious - TBC
Medway Council EventsKentVarious - TBC
Minack TheatreCornwallVarious - TBC
National TrustSwindonVarious - TBC
Newcastle Gateshead InitiativeNewcastleVarious - TBC
The PlaceBedfordVarious - TBC
Pavillion Dance South WestBournemouthVarious - TBC
Piece HallHalifaxVarious - TBC
Quays CultureSalfordVarious - TBC
Redbridge Outdoor Arts, Vision RCL RedbridgeVarious - TBC
SALTo ProductionsWhitley BayVarious
Streets of DundeeDundeeDates - TBC
Southbank CentreLondonVarious - TBC
Southwark PresentsLondonVarious - TBC
Strike-a-LightGloucesterVarious - TBC
Without Walls / XTRAXNationalVarious
Gravity Fields FestivalGranthamNext edition 2022
Cancelled | Postponed
Sandbach Transport FestivalSandbachCancelled (Apr)
GlastonburySomersetCancelled (Jun)
SomerfestTauntonCancelled (Jun)
BST Hyde ParkLondonCancelled (Jul)
National Theatre River StageLondonCancelled (Jul-Aug)
LlawnLlandudno Cancelled (Sep)

DOWNLOAD: Outdoor Arts 2021 Mapping (1 April)