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The Nettle Dress

Stunningly filmed by award-winning documentary, a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of…
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2024 festival headline sponsor announced

Portland Marina becomes Headline Sponsor for b-side Arts Festival 2024
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Join the Festival Team

Come and join the b-side team and be at the heart of the festival
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Join in with b-side Fringe 2024

Join in with the b-side fringe festival and show off your creative talents
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Who Do We Think We Are? b-side festival 2024

1 Amazing Island - 1000 stories from around the corner to across the globe
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This Land b-side Festival 2023

A round up of b-side's two year Heritage Lottery funded project exploring and celebrating the unique natural and built heritage of the Isle of Portland. Film by Pageant Productions

  • "Thank you so much for bringing something new to Portland. My daughter and I had lots of fun and everyone was extremely friendly."


  • “In its every breath it has everything to do with the place and people”


  • “b-side festival never disappoints, it surprises and delights. We explore the unknown and the unseen.”

    Festival Visitor


Feeling creative?

There are lots of ways you can get involved in b-side’s work, whether you’re an artist, young person or just eager to be part of what we do.

Current Programme

Common Lands

Using the Isle of Portland as a microcosm ‘Common Lands’ will explore our relationship to and with land – both here and elsewhere. Common Lands will explore the physical and environmental context: climate change, biodiversity and erosion together with the human context: migration, displacement, land ownership, and rights through community-led research, workshops, seminars and discussion events, artist bursaries, residencies and commissions.


We’re proud of the wide range of art we’ve been bringing to Dorset since 2008. Help us to keep wowing you.

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