Outside In Arts Festival

Looking Out, Looking Up, Looking In

Friday 28 – Saturday 29 August | YouTube

Outside In Arts Festival is Poplar Union’s debut digital arts festival showcasing the work of 18 commissioned artists including musicians, theatre makers, writers and dancers.

After closing our doors back in March 2020, and postponing almost two season’s worth of live shows, the team got thinking about how best we could support the artists that had lost out on work and creative projects throughout lockdown. As the world began reflecting on ‘unprecedented’, ‘strange’ and ‘extraordinary’ times, we too were questioning what creative responses might be to the Covid-19 crisis.

We reached out to a number of artists who have either performed or were due to perform at Poplar Union, inviting them to respond to the theme; Looking Out, Looking Up, Looking In.

Each artist will submit a piece of digital performance which together will form the two-day Outside In Arts Festival on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August via our YouTube channel.

The work will be timely, responding to the world in which we find ourselves; be that in relation to Covid-19, Black Lives Matter or simply the realities of staying in our homes for days on end. The commission is not about creating the most polished or perfect piece of work, but is a celebration of creativity and the creative process under such extraordinary circumstances.

During the festival, there will also be the opportunity to attend a live, online Q&A with all contributing artists as they discuss their process of making the work and their experiences as artists in lockdown.


Please register your interest here. You will be emailed the YouTube link the day before to live stream the festival.

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Outside In Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council.