"We've been entertained, welcomed, challenged. I love being assaulted by things out of the ordinary..."
b-side returns to the Isle of Portland showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and intriguing island. Extraordinary, playful, witty and challenging our programme emerges from conversations between artists, producers and the residents of Portland.
A generous mix of FREE and ticketed events will ensure that every Festival day offers a different experience - including artist talks, workshops, fanatical tours, pop up cinema, Reliant Robins, underground goings on and intriguing bending of truths at The Other Tourist Information Centre plus much more.
The 2016 Guide can be viewed online with our interactive reader. You can also download a PDF copy at the link below. The Festival Guide will be available to pick up for free at various locations around Portland before and during the festival, including Outpost and Whitestones Cafe.
Download Festival Guide 2016 PDF (3.4MB)
We work with and commission artists to make new site-responsive work revealing the marginal, often forgotten and less commercial aspects of our coastal towns and communities. There is a b-side festival every two years in Weymouth and Portland.
A b-side festival can provide moments of reflection, beauty, surreal interventions and unexpected encounters with art.
Our 2016 Festival begins on Saturday 10th September, find out more on our Festival 2016 page. Our last Festival was in September 2014, take a look at the 2014 Archive page to see the breadth of the work.