b-side festival 2021

A thousand ideas, one amazing island.
Portland, Dorset, UK | 09 - 12 Sept 2021

b-side is back, showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.

In March 2020 we – along with millions of others – closed our project space's doors. An unknown and then ever-expanding lockdown way of life commenced. But amongst the uncertainty we noticed, people were making things. This year more than ever, we have wanted to share with visitors the extraordinary wealth of witty, poignant, and wonderful artwork created by Portland residents alongside our commissioned artists.

Artists in this year's festival have drawn inspiration from the Island's landscape, community, and history, as well as our relationship to places elsewhere. These are all components of b-side's theme Common Lands, where we research and creatively respond to our relationship to Portland as a microcosm of global themes such as land access, environmental change, biodiversity, and the history and future of migration. 

What the world needs now truly is a bucket of love. We believe art, culture, and festivals are the perfect platforms to share this love. No not just for some, but for everyone.

Take a look at our Festival programme below and follow us on social media for the latest updates and artist insights.

 

Festival 2021

Festival Guide

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Festival Guide 2021

 

Project events

A collage of a cup of tea and a lambs head in a sandwich
Event

Ghost Shops of Portland

09 Sept, 10 Sept, 11 Sept and 12 Sept on demand

That Other Place

Historical images of Portland shops, semi-animated and made silly

An image of a man in a suit, on a talk show set
Event

Talkland Bill

09 Sept, 10 Sept, 11 Sept and 12 Sept All Day

That Other Place

The no.1 chat show on Portland

An image of a yellow logo with text stating So Niche
Event

Common Land Podcast

09 Sept, 10 Sept, 11 Sept and 12 Sept on demand

That Other Place

Re-sharing Portland with the world

A man with an image projected onto his chest
Event

Butterflies and Dinner Ladies

09 - 12 Sept 

That Other Place

A toast to the symbiosis of the relationship between older women and gay men

A fuzzy night time image
Event

The Night About Us

09 Sept

That Other Place

A 30 minute trip into the dark heart of the witching hour

An image of a chair on a pebble beach with the sea in the background and a person walking past
Event

Its Where We Go

09 Sept, 10 Sept, 11 Sept and 12 Sept All Day

That Other Place

An audiovisual performance archive of seaside memories

a grid of faces on a laptop screen with the words Assembly written across the screen
Event

ASSEMBLY! MADE BY US ALL, FOR US ALL

09 Sept and 10 Sept 9:00 8:45 - 9:00

Your laptop or phone

Remember school assemblies? That’s what we’re talking about - only much more fun!

A stone building with Portland Museum sign
Event

Of Sea and Stone Indoor Projection

09 Sept, 10 Sept, 11 Sept and 12 Sept 10:30 - 18:00

Portland Museum
Portland

A new animation projection in Portland Museum inspired by a community-led research project

An image of a harvest machinery in a tube of hay
Event

Harvest Shorts

09 - 11 Sept 11:00 - 18:00

12 Sept 11:00 - 16:00

Royal Manor Theatre
Portland

Short fiction, documentary and arts films exploring our relationship with farming, food and land.

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Festival 2021

That Other Place

Explore That Other Place, a mirror image of the Isle of Portland, a parallel universe - but not the same.

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Getting Here

How to get to the Festival

Travel information and places to stay

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Get Involved

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