Inside Out Dorset arts festival, known for delivering extraordinary art in extraordinary places, has won one of the area’s most coveted awards. The Sibbett Gregory Tourism prize was awarded for the Mobile Homme performance on Poole Quay in September, part of the Inside Out’s 2012 programme. Inside Out Dorset is an established biennial arts festival, which this year attracted over 16,000 visitors to Portland , Poole , Wimborne and Ashmore.
The award winning Mobile Homme; performed by Transe Express on Poole Quay attracted 2,500 spectators. This musical and visual feast began with a procession through Poole Old town by costumed drummers. As they weaved their magic through the streets, creating an atmosphere of excitement and wonder, the crowd followed spellbound by the drumming rhythms. Everyone was totally awestruck as this amazing piece concluded with the drummers suspended 50ft over Poole Quay displayed like a child’s mobile.
The IOD 2012 programme also included Harmonic Fields which opened the festival and attracted over 11,000 visitors in 10 days. Created by French artist, Pierre Sauvageot, Harmonic Fields was a sensory journey of 500 instruments, set on the breath-taking coastline of Portland . The marriage of Portland ’s stunning landscape with the instruments was a masterpiece of programming and feedback overwhelming, as the installation touched the hearts and minds of everyone that attended.
Moving to Wimborne, Inside Out took more than 500 visitors on a voyage, into the dark realms of consumerism, exploring man’s hunger and greed. The programme included a discussion on Consumerism with Satish Kumar, workshops with Tuig and a 2 night performance of Schraapzucht, a mesmerising and thought provoking theatrical piece created by Tuig at the Walford Mill Crafts.
Finally, to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the Inside Out Dorset festival made its way to Ashmore in North Dorset, where it transformed this quintessentially pretty English village into ‘Up in the Air’, a mini festival of art, circus, acrobats, live music, food and drink. Taking place over the weekend, Up in the Air played host to over 2,000 visitors that enjoyed the spectacle, fun, food and superb atmosphere – with performances provided by Hors Pistes, Les Philebulistes, Rouge Elea, Upswing, Boy Le Monti and The Ambling Band. All of this formed part of an anglo-french programme focussed on the development of new circus, called PA SS.
Kate Wood, Director of Activate concludes “2012 was an extraordinary year, with the Cultural Olympiad providing a great back drop for diverse art projects taking place all over the country. During this time, Inside Out Dorset gained both national and international acclaim, when it was invited to become part of the London 2012 Festival and won the Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Award
Fulfilling the vision of the festival to bring great arts to all, we intend to continue bringing Inside Out to Dorset and work has already commenced on the programme for 2014.”
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