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b-side have moved to Portland – Come and meet the team!

Meet the Team: Monday 9th May, 10am – 4pm
Residents Open Evening: Tuesday 10th May, 6pm – 8pm

b-side CIC, Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, DT5 1LY.

b-side, the organisers of the biennial b-side arts festival, will be launching their brand new project space and office – Outpost – on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th May. Just in time for this year’s festival.

b-side selected for European Festivals Association

b-side is proud to announce that following intense evaluation from national experts and an international jury it has been selected as one of Europe’s finest festivals honored with the EFFE Label 2015-2016, 761 festivals from 31 countries now belong to the first generation of EFFE Label recipients. 

Artangel, Radio 4 and b-side present Katrina Palmer's excavations on the Isle of Portland


From 26 April 2015

Since winning a commission from Artangel and BBC Radio 4’s open call for emerging British artists, Katrina Palmer has based herself on the Isle of Portland.

b-side festival 2014 attracts over 12,000 visitors

This year’s b-side festival attracted over 12,000 visitors to contemporary arts events on Portland. The festival takes place every other year in Weymouth & Portland and began during the lead up to the London 2012 sailing events in Weymouth. More than 30 artists took part in this year’s Festival, which included a lullaby delivered by bike, art at the bus stop, a seaside puppet show with a twist, stories engraved on café cutlery, and a debate with a rabbit on Portland.

b-side Executive Director Alan Rogers said:

War to witches – artist gathers Portland’s stories

Artist Paul Soulellis is gathering stories, photographs, artwork, poetry and other interesting material from Portland residents to produce a new free publication which will be distributed during the b-side multimedia arts festival in September.


Paul is in residence at Portland Tophill Library until the end of June where he is talking to local people to gather their stories and invite them to contribute to his newspaper style publication, ‘Portland Bill’.


Amazing Opportunities to volunteer at Dorset Festivals this year


Four of Dorset’s most popular summer festivals are looking for Volunteer Champions to lead a field survey force.

Dorchester Festival (May 22-26), B-Town Throwdown (June 6-8), b-side (September 5-14) and Inside Out Dorset (September 12-26) are each looking to recruit dedicated and enthusiastic Volunteer Champions, who’ll assist with a concerted effort to find out who comes to their festivals and why.

Your story could be the star of a new show at The Royal Manor Theatre, Portland

b-side Festival returns to Portland this year for 10 days of art in unusual places and a multitude of talks, events and activities that explore the intriguing Isle of Portland. This year b-side festival will be supporting The Royal Manor Theatre’s Sponsor a Seat campaign in a rather special way!

Are festivals the way forward for the arts?

Are festivals the way forward for the arts?

Symposium – Resonant Terrains

10-12 October 2013, Portland, Dorset


With many arts venues struggling due to funding cuts, cultural professionals will be gathering on Portland to discuss the potential for festivals at this time of economic uncertainty.


A new role for festivals in the changing economic climate?

Symposium – Resonant Terrains

10-12 October 2013, Portland, Dorset


The new role of festivals in the changing climate of arts provision will be the topic of discussion for cultural professionals gathering for Resonant Terrains, a symposium taking place on Portland, Dorset from 10 to 12 October 2013.

Press Release April 20th 2012

b-side multimedia Festival 2012

WEYMOUTH July 27th – AUGUST 12th


b-side multimedia Festival returns in 2012 with a challenging and inspiring programme of contemporary art, intended to delight and provoke in equal measure.


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