Festival 2016

9th17th September 2016
Portland

"We've been entertained, welcomed, challenged. I love being assaulted by things out of the ordinary..."

b-side returned to the Isle of Portland in September 2016 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.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed a generous mix of free and ticketed events that included brand new work in film, visual art, sound and live art created especially for the festival, artist talks, workshops, bus tours, a pop up outdoor cinema, a Reliant Robin parade, underground goings-on and intriguing bending of truths at The Portland Office for Imaginary History plus much more.

See all the wonderful images from b-side Festival 2016 HERE

“Really appreciated everything I saw. The whole experience pushed the borders of what I considered to be art last week! Thank you.”

2016 Festival Visitor

Project events

Katarina Rose
Event

Strangers - Marrying the Land & Whispering Tree

10th18th September 2016
South West Coast Path
Portland

Head North along the South West Coast Path for Marrying the Land: An unusually placed post box with a small golden key. Open it and find an

Event

The Captain's Cabinet

10th18th September 2016
Chiswell Walled Community Garden
Portland

The Captain’s Cabinet is inspired by an account of a Dorset shipwreck in which parts of the ship were salvaged and used as furniture in homes on

Artwork by Katarina Rose
Event

Strangers - The Ballet of Lost Nicknames

10th18th September 2016
St Georges Church
Portland

Katarina has created a series of artworks based upon a collection of Portland diaries from the 18th and 19th centuries, combined with historical

Want to see what we programmed for 2016 Festival?

The 2018 Guide can be viewed online, you can also download a PDF copy using the link below. 

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