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ISAN Outdoor Arts Newsletter
May 2017


The arrival of these fine green-hued folk above at the infamous Jack in the Green in Hastings means that the outdoor season is really beginning in earnest.

The 'lusty month of May' sees the start of this year's Bell Square programme in Hounslow and The Festival of Making in Blackburn. Meanwhile the Brighton Festival has its Weekend Without Walls (which means we get our first peek at this year's Without Walls commissions), the Norfolk and Norwich Festival hosts its Garden Party and Wandsworth Arts Fringe uncovers Hidden Heathbrook.

You can catch a Dope Bird in Newstead Abbey, catch Circa's Depart amongst the gravestones in Hull and Brighton and join in some speedy Art on the Run in Manchester. There's also Liverpool Light Night, Bury St Edmonds FestivalStreets of Battle and Ray Lee's Ring Out in Newbury.

The end of the month sees the start of Ageas Salisbury International Festival and the Bath Fringe Festival, while many of us will be headed to take part in Circostrada Fresh Street Outdoor Arts Conference in Portugal, followed by the Imaginarious Festival.

Full listings are below, along with news, sector jobs and volunteering opportunities. Have a great May.

All best,

Angus MacKechnie
Executive Director │ISAN

Image: Hastings Jack in the Green 2017, Catherine Packard

The ISAN Outdoor Arts Conference 2017
Save the Date:
29 & 30 November

We are pleased to announce that ISAN will be holding the National Outdoor Arts Conference 2017 at the end of November in Milton Keynes.

Working in partnership with Festive Road, The Stables, DestinationMK and with the generous support of Milton Keynes Council, we look forward to two fruitful days of discussions, ideas, networking and planning, celebrating all things Outdoor Arts, whilst the new town of concrete cows celebrates its fiftieth birthday.

More details to follow; we'll put tickets on sale to ISAN Members in June, but get the dates in your diaries now.

Bernie Bennett Celebration

13 May

Many of you will have heard the sad news of the recent unexpected death of the tightrope performer and all-round trooper of the Outdoor Arts world, superhero Bernie Bennett – pictured above doing what he did best.

David Danzig writes:
Friends of Bernie Bennett, this is to let you know that a memorial/celebration of our very own superman will take place at 13 May at 3pm at the 3-in-1 Centre in Horsley, Gloucestershire. The centre was the old St Martin's church that is now converted into a community arts centre; the celebration will begin in the Centre and move to a marquee (or two) outdoors.

Feel free to reply to David via his Facebook post if you are planning to go, to give some idea of the numbers expected.

Outdoor Arts Jobs

Bloomsbury Festival

   Programme Assistant Intern (deadline: 3 May, 5pm)

Artichoke, London:

   Administration Intern (deadline: 4 May, 9am)

Deda Derby:

   Marketing Manager (deadline: 5 May, 5pm)

Roehampton Soup:

   Project Producer (deadline: 5 May)

Royal Docks Team:

   Various roles (deadline: 7 May)

St Pauls Carnival, Bristol

   Event Manager (deadline 8 May, 5pm)

Southwark Presents

   Events Business Development (deadline: 10 May)

Emergency Exit Arts, London

   Premises Manager (deadline: 12 May, 12noon)

Seminar for UK Outdoor Arts:
Show Pricing / International Touring

London: 16 May 16:00-19:30, Lumen Bloomsbury
Manchester: 17 May 16:00-19:30, MadLab Manchester

XTRAX and ISAN are joining forces to run two FREE events aimed at UK Outdoor Arts companies looking to take their work on the road. ISAN will present the event in London and XTRAX will present it in Manchester. The event is repeated, though speakers may vary.

Artists will learn from a panel of specialists about how to balance the books, price work correctly, and keep costs down, with a view to touring a show which is cost-effective to have on the road, and financially viable for promoters to book. Those ready to take work beyond the UK can get information about the international market and an insight into the context of festivals in Europe.

Running order for both events:

Session 1: 16:00-17:30
Pricing outdoor work for cost-effective touring

Emerging companies will discover top tips on how to keep costs down and correctly price outdoor work from a panel of sector professionals. Our guests will give an overview of the do's and don’ts of pricing outdoor arts, what to include in a touring budget, how best to manage on-costs, and how to make sure you don't lose money on touring – ensuring you are able to pay yourself and the people you work with correctly. The panellist will also give advice on how to increase the value of your work through audiences outreach and public engagement schemes and how to make your show sustainable for long-term touring.

Session 2: 18:00-19:30
Touring in Europe and the context of key international festivals

Established companies can learn from some of the most experienced companies about the best ways of preparing your work for international markets that goes beyond language translation. They’ll be joined by international promoters who’ll tell us what they are looking for, how UK companies can make their shows work in international contexts, signpost some of the most useful networking events and meeting places across Europe, and, vitally, how artists can get themselves and their work noticed.

Speakers and Chairs to be announced.

This seminar is part of Platform 4:UK, a programme supported by Arts Council England and delivered by XTRAX, that is designed to support the international promotion and export of UK street arts, and presented with ISAN, the national membership and strategic organisation that aims to bring together the many diverse parts of the Outdoor Arts sector.


Outdoor Arts Volunteering

Brighton Festival:

   Festival volunteers for front-of-house, marketing and production.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival:

   Join the 100-strong team of festival steward volunteers.

Hat Fair, Winchester:

   Be part of the oldest street arts festival in the UK. 

Wild Work's Wolf's Child, Cornwall:

   Roles for performers, makers, production and front-of-house.

Just So Festival, Cheshire:

   Various foxy teams to join including design, building and production.

Stockton International Riverside Festival:

   Community performers needed for this year's festival.

Surge / Merchant City Festival, Glasgow:

   Very bendy people needed to be Bodies in Open Spaces.

101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre / Corn Exchange, Newbury:

   Pop-up performers for Belonging(s) & enthusiastic bell ringers for Ring Out.

Got a volunteering opportunity to share? Let us know here.

New ISAN Members

We're very pleased to welcome these recent members to ISAN:

Join the ever-growing ISAN membership and you'll get the exclusive Member Bulletins twice monthly, circulating comprehensive details of Outdoor Arts funding, commissions, call-outs and employment opportunities, news from members, useful resources… and sometimes a bit of gossip.

As well as being part of a large network of fellow-Outdoor Arts practitioners, ISAN members have access to ISAN events across the country, advice, guidance and reductions for training from ITC. Our rates are designed to be as inclusive as possible, including a one-year trial rate of just £20.


Fresh Street #2 Conference, Portugal
24-26 May 2017

Registration deadline: 10 May

After the first edition of Fresh Street in 2015, attended by more than 300 professionals from 30 different countries, the International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts is back in 2017 to examine fresh perspectives, establish new contacts and celebrate international Outdoor Arts. 

Organised by the Circostrada Network and Artcena, in partnership with the Imaginarius Festival in Santa Maria da Feira, the second edition will bring together street arts practitioners, artists, programmers, journalists, researchers and policy makers for three days of stimulating exchanges, insightful debates and valuable networking.


XTRAX Shorts at GDIF: artist & company call out

XTRAX are looking for artists and companies to give creative presentations about new outdoor projects in development to an audience of UK and international festival and event representatives, producers, and Outdoor Arts professionals at their Greenwich+Docklands International Festival showcase in June.

Projects should ideally be new shows in development, provided they have a clear development schedule and must be ready for touring in 2018. Presentations should be given in English, but utilise strong visual aids or a Powerpoint presentation.

Projects can be of any scale. Whilst XTRAX welcomes proposals for large-scale projects, many of the bookers will be looking primarily for small and medium scale work. They are particularly encouraging applications which can clearly demonstrate a project’s suitability for international touring.

Deadline: 22 May, 5pm

ISAN Member in the Spotlight: Newtons Ladder

We have a another ISAN Member in the Spotlight feature for you to enjoy. 

Click above to read about Mona McCarthy & Colm Scott-Baird, the founders, performers and directors of Newtons Ladder Aerial Dance. 

ITC Training

If you need a bit of professional development, look no further than the Independent Theatre Council's excellent courses. 

If you're an ISAN Member, you qualify for REDUCED RATES 
Details of how to access the discount are in the ISAN Members Bulletin.

Outdoor Arts Listings

This list includes festivals, events, performances and programmes which have some element of Outdoor Arts; it also includes conferences, meetings and professional development events, plus the occasional indoor or non-sector event which relates to artists or other parts of the Outdoor Arts sector.


Until 31 Dec Hull City of Culture 2017


4 May Emcees Fundraising Awards, London

5-21 May Wandsworth Arts Fringe
6 May Bilbobasso, Bell Square, Hounslow
6 May BurnsFest, Alloway
6-7 May Dope Bird, NUGS, Newstead Abbey
6-7 May The Festival of Making, Blackburn
6-28 May Brighton Festival
6 May Children's Parade, Brighton Festival
10-13 May Exploring Street Performance, Glasgow
11-14 May Trapezi, Reus, Spain
12-13 May Beyond Boundaries Dance Summit, Bournemouth / Poole
12-28 May Norfolk & Norwich Festival
13-14 May Weekend Without Walls, Brighton Festival
13 May Happy Feet, Ragroof Players, Brighton Festival
14 May Happy Feet, Ragroof Players, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
18-21 May Umore Azoka, Leioa, Spain
18-21 May Circa's Depart, General Cemetery, Hull
19 May Liverpool Light Night
19-28 May Bury St Edmonds Festival
20 May Keep it Legal ITC Workshop, Brighton
20 May Far from the Norm, Bell Square, London
20-21 May The Garden Party, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
20-21 May Hidden Heathbrook, London
20-21 May B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival, Birmingham 
21 May Art on the Run, Greater Manchester
24-26 May Circostrada Fresh Street #2, Portugal
25-27 May Imaginarious Festival, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
25-27 May Comedy of Errors, Brighton Festival
25-28 May Circa's Depart, Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton
25-28 May Valladolid International Festival: Street Arts Weekend
26-28 May No Man’s Land Festival, Somerset
26 May-10 Jun Ageas Salisbury International Festival
26 May-11 Jun Bath Fringe Festival
27-29 May Geronimo Festival, Arley Hall, Cheshire
28 May  Streets of Battle
28 May Luton International Carnival
28 May Preston Carnival
29 May Ring Out, Corn Exchange, Newbury
29 May-3 Jun Plymouth Fringe Festival
29 May-4 Jun Architects of Air, Wheee Festival, Nottingham


1-4 Jun Circa's Depart, Stanley Park, Blackpool
2-4 Jun Fire in the Mountain Festival, Aberystwyth
2-4 Jun Internationales Straßentheater Festival, Holminden, Germany
2-11 Jun InTRANSIT, London
3 Jun Teatr Osmega Dnia, Bell Square, London
3 Jun AssembleFest, Hull
3-4 Jun Bedlam Fair, Bath
3-4 Jun Wheee Family Weekend, Nottingham
3-5 Jun Festival des Arts de la Rue, Joué-les-Tours, France
3-11 Jun Hammersmith & Fulham ArtsFest, London
3 Jun-7 Oct Stade Saturdays, Hastings
7 Jun Circus250 Partnerships Event, London
8-11 Jun The Eden Festival, Lockerbie
9-18 Jun Oerol Festival, Netherlands
10 Jun Northampton Carnival
10-11 Jun Night of Festivals, Hounslow
12-18 Jun Crystal Palace Overground Festival
15-18 Jun La Strada, Bremen, Germany
16 Jun-22 Jul Bromsgrove Festival
16-25 Jun Cork Midsummer Festival, Ireland
16 Jun-2 Jul Ashbourne Festival
17 Jun Highly Sprung, Bell Square, London
17 Jun Belonging(s), 101 Creation Space, Newbury
17 Jun Somerfest
17 Jun Eastleigh Unwrapped
17 Jun Long Eaton Carnival
17-18 Jun Summer in Southside, Birmingham
17-18 Jun Ashbourne Street Festival
18 Jun Manchester Day
21-23 Jul Bristol Harbour Festival
23 Jun-8 Jul Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
23-25 Jun XTRAX Showcase at GDIF, London
23-25 Jun Solas Festival, Perth
23-25 Jun Les Sarabandes, France
24-25 Jun Imagine Luton
24 Jun La Fête Dans la Rue de Corbie, France
24 Jun-2 Jul Imagine Watford
24 Jun-2 Jul SO Festival, East Lincolnshire
24 Jun-2 Jul Didsbury Arts Festival
24 Jun Deighton Carnival, Yorkshire
25 Jun Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
28 Jun- 2 Jul Barnstaple Fringe TheatreFest
30 Jun-2 Jul Winchester Hat Fair
30 Jun Sense of Unity, Corn Exchange, Newbury


1 Jul Isle of Wight Mardi Gras All the World’s a Stage
1 Jul Kalealdia, Bilbao, Spain
1 Jul St Paul's Bristol Carnival
1-2 Jul St Leonard's Festival, Hastings
2 Jul Cowley Road Carnival
4-8 Jul BE Festival, Birmingham
4-9 Jul Nowhere Festival, Catalonia, Spain
5-9 Jul Henley Festival
5-23 Jul Buxton Festival Fringe
6-9 Jul Mouth of the Tyne Festival
6-8 Jul Festival de las Artes, Costa Rica
8-9 Jul Le Cirque du Platzak, North Quay, Weymouth
7-9 Jul Blue Dot Festival, Cheshire
7-9 Jul Huddersfield Carnival
7-15 Jul Lichfield Festival
8-9 Jul TrAction Crewe, (+SpareParts)
9 Jul Stocca Six Towns One City Carnival, Hanley
11-30 Jul Wild Works' Wolf's Child, Trelowarren Estate, Cornwall
13-16 Jul Latitude Festival, Suffolk
14-16 Jul Brazilica Carnival, Liverpool
14-18 Jul MiramirO, Ghent
15 Jul DAGFEST, Barking and Dagenham
15 Jul IncludFEST, Darlington
15-16 Jul Lambeth Country Show, London
15-16 Jul Streets of Brass, Durham
15-16 Jul Derby Carnival
16 Jul Tram Sunday, Fleetwood Festival of Transport (+SpareParts)
17-23 Jul Tilt17, Birmingham
17-30 Jul Galway International Arts Festival
19-23 Jul Chalon dans la Rue, France
20-23 Jul Secret Garden Party, Abbot's Ripton
21-23 Jul Underneath the Stars, Barnsley
21-23 Jul Deer Shed Festival, North Yorkshire
22 Jul Brouhaha International: Infecting the City
22-23 Jul DissFest, Norfolk
22-23 Jul Big Splash Festival, Newport
22-30 Jul Merchant City Festival, Glasgow
23 Jul Emccan Regional Queen Show, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre
27-30 Jul Kendal Calling, Lake District
27-30 Jul Port Eliot Festival
27-30 Jul Womad Festival, Wiltshire
28 Jul-6 Aug Wells Carnival, Norfolk
28-31 Jul Mugstock, Sterling, Scotland
28-30 Jul Cloudspotting, Lancashire
29 Jul Bridgewater Quayside Festival


3-5 Aug Fest'Arts Libourne, France
3-6 Aug Stockton International Riverside Festival
3-6 Aug Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
3-13 Aug Theaterfestival Boulevard, Netherlands
4-6 Aug Spraoi Street Arts Festival, Ireland
4-28 Aug Edinburgh Festival
5 Aug Stockton Community Carnival (SIRF)
5 Aug Leicester Carnival
6 Aug Margate Carnival
9-13 Aug Open Flair, Germany
10-13 Aug BoomTown Fair, Hampshire
10-28 Aug Darwin Festival, Australia
12 Aug The Crossing Lines Project, Newbury
12-26 Aug Kidderminster Arts Festival
13 Aug Manchester Carnival
17-19 Aug Night of Festivals South Asia, Leicester
17-20 Aug Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
18-20 Aug Just So Festival, Cheshire
18-29 Aug Leicester City Festival
20 Aug Devizes Picnic in the Park
20 Aug Leeds Carnival Prince and Princess Show
20 Aug Nottingham Carnival
21 Aug-3 Sep Journeys Festival International, Leicester
23-26 Aug Festival International de Théâtre de Rue d'Aurillac, France
24-27 Aug Festival Spoffin, Netherlands
24-27 Aug Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
25-28 Aug Leeds Carnival
25-28 Aug Green Belt Festival, Northamptonshire
25-28 Aug Towersey Festival
25-27 Aug Maui Waui Festival, Suffolk
26-27 Aug Mysteryland, Netherlands
26-27 Aug Notting Hill Carnival
26-27 Aug bOing! International Family Festival, Canterbury
26-27 Aug Shuffle Festival, Mile End, London
27-28 Aug Devizes International Street Festival
27-28 Aug Bradford Festival


1-3 Sep Freedom Festival, Hull
1-30 Sep Totally Thames, London
2 Sep Devizes Carnival
7-10 Sep Festival No.6, Portmeirion
7-10 Sep Bestival, Isle of Wight
7-10 Sep Fira Tàrrega, Spain
8-10 Sep DNweekeND, Doncaster
8-10 Sep Festival Accroche Coeurs, Angers, France
10 Sep Arts Fresco, Market Harborough
10 Sep Hackney Carnival, London Borough of Hackney
15-17 Sep Bridges y Puentes, Theatre Royal Stratford East
16-18 Sep ThamesFest featuring Silk River, Barking and Dagenham
14-17 Sep XTRAX Showcase at Out There, Great Yarmouth
15-17 Sep Ramsbottom Festival
16-17 Sep IncludFEST, Durham
16-17 Sep Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth
16-17 Sep Pirate Festival on the Dock, Liverpool
22-24 Sep Birmingham Weekender
22-24 Sep Porthcawl Elvis Festival
23-24 Sep Festival of Thrift, Redcar
25 June Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
29-30 Sep Derby Festé


2-15 Oct Journeys Festival International, Manchester
3 Oct Hull Carnival Parade
5-6 Oct Light Night Leeds
5-8 Oct Seoul Street Arts Festival, South Korea
5-22 Oct Melbourne Festival, Australia
7-8 Oct Fun Palaces, UK
13 Oct Fool's Paradise Showcase, Salisbury
14-21 Oct Bournemouth Arts by the Sea
19-29 Oct Journeys Festival International, Portsmouth
26-30 Oct Savour Kilkenny, Ireland
30 Oct-3 Nov LightPool, Blackpool


1-2 Nov Association of Independent Festivals Conference
4 Nov Bridgewater Carnival, Somerset
6 Nov Burnham on Sea Carnival
10 Nov Weston-super-Mare Carnival, Somerset
10-12 Nov Association of Festival Organisers Conference
11 Nov Lord Mayor's Show, London
11 Nov North Petherton Carnival, Somerset
15-16 Nov British Arts Festivals Association Conference, Bath
15 Nov Shepton Mallet Carnival, Somerset
16-19 Nov Lumiere Durham
18 Nov Glastonbury Carnival
24 Nov Devizes Winter Lantern Parade
24-26 Nov GLOW, Barking and Dagenham


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