In the time of Covid, Outdoor Arts provide really important opportunities to reinvigorate our cultural lives while supporting the creative economy which is in dire need of support. To lead the way, Without Walls has announced a whopping 21 new projects to receive support in 2021.
This ambitious programme brings together up-and-coming companies, established street artists and those making their first foray into creating work for the public space.
This new outdoor art programme from Without Walls will bring audiences together in a safe way to share moments of global empathy and joy. From the epic and spectacular, to the intimate and emotional, the Without Walls 2021 commissions offer a timely moment to explore social justice, family relationships, environmentalism, identity, and much more. They’re packing a whole lot into one massive year of culture.
The programme includes the fourth large-scale outdoor alternative dance performance from Requardt & Rosenberg, Black Victorians from Jeanefer Jean-Charles which uses dance to tell the story of those whose stories were previously airbrushed from history, Hip Hop collective Far From The Norm who aim to empower marginalised young people under the artistic direction of award- winning choreographer Botis Seva and Kaleider’s massive mural of faces drawn by robots!
With the outdoor sector most likely to be leading the way in cultural recovery, this programme shows the power and resilience of Outdoor Arts to invigorate communities back together in towns, cities and rural areas.
The works in the 2021 programme will appear at festivals including Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, City Encounters by Wiltshire Creative, Timber Festival, Just So Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), Ensemble Festival, Hat Fair and more.
Outdoor work has never been more important as the entire arts industry seeks to rebuild confidence in audiences wanting to attend events. And we can’t wait for the good weather to return so we can enjoy all of these creative people’s projects. It’s going to be a good summer!