Guest artist blog – Report back from the Imaginarius Festival 2016, Portugal

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Wales based dancer Chloe Loftus visited the Imaginarius Festival in Portugal this year, with a view to catching the festival’s renowned international outdoor arts programme, as well as undertaking some useful networking for future work. Below is an account of her experience, which was supported by an Articulture professional development bursary.

Over the past decade, Chloe Loftus Dance have been creating vibrant choreographic work that has toured extensively to critical acclaim, specialising in outdoor and pop-up performances and engaging new audiences to dance theatre.  You can find out more here –

The Articulture bursary enabled me to attend the Imaginarius Festival in Portugal. Approximately 30 km from Porto, the festival takes place in a small historic city, Santa Maria de Feira.

2016 was the 16th edition of Imaginarius, the biggest street theatre festival in Portugal. It was split into three sections; Imaginarius – the main programme of international street artists; Imaginarius Infantil – workshops, performances and events aimed at engaging children; and Mais Imaginarius – presenting new and emerging artists.

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Guest artist blog – European solidarity on day of the Referendum @ GDIF & Xtrax professional outdoor arts showcase 2016

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James Doyle-Roberts, Co-Artistic Director of Wales based company Citrus Arts, visited the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and Xtrax Showcase, along with several Wales based artists and arts organisations alongside Articulture. Below is an account of his experience.

Citrus Arts specialises in circus, street theatre, drama, dance, and education projects, working alongside some of Europe’s leading practitioners, in a wide range of contexts and locations. You can find out more about Citrus Arts here –

On 24th June I attended the opening events of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, and the Xtrax networking events for Outdoor Arts colleagues from the UK, Europe and across the world.

It’s impossible not to mention that this was the day that the referendum result was declared! I’d woken early in an inexpensive hotel room to hear the result and with a sinking heart wondering wondering what on earth we are going to do in a society that had narrowly voted to cut-off one of the major sources of funding to tourism and culture in Wales…

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Articulture ‘encounters’ at key outdoor arts events coming up this summer

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Articulture’s encounters are a continuing series of opportunities to connect with others across Wales and beyond and see the best of the new outdoor art work. Hosted by Articulture, they are informal, friendly and open to all. All involve cake and ice-cream or both.

For further details and to confirm you are attending email

Fri 24 – Sat 25 June – Greenwich & Docklands International Festival & Xtrax Professional Showcase, London

Join Annie from the Articulture team and outdoor artists and promotors from all over the UK and Europe at the renowned GDIF festival and Xtrax Professional marketplace and showcase. A limited number of bursaries for Wales based artists are available to attend this event.

Sat 17 Sept – City of the Unexpected, Cardiff

An exciting highlight of the Wales outdoor arts calendar to celebrate Roald Dahl . Join the Articulture team as they take up residence in Bute Park Cafe in the sunshine close by to the much anticipated City of the Unexpected. Did someone say GIANT PEACH?!


Articulture host land managers meeting to explore support for outdoor arts in Wales

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In early May Articulture brought together a range of leading land managers and owners to collectively look at the value of engaging with the outdoor arts sector in Wales, and potential future work.

This meeting joined up individual conversations over the last three years into one discussion forum. It was facilitated by Orit Azaz in collaboration with Articulture, and held at the Wye Valley River Festival in Monmouth.

Those attending 

Land managers attending included Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust, Visit Wales, Cadw, Wales Local Government Association, Natural Resources Wales, RSPB, Wye Valley AONB, Canals & Rivers Trust Wales, and Brecon Beacons National Park.

Several representatives from the arts also took part including David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales, Migrations, National Theatre Wales, and Wye Valley River Festival.

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Articulture / BLOCK tour dates summer 2016 

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Motionhouse and NoFit State Circus’s brand new, mind-blowing show ‘BLOCK’ is coming to four locations in the west of Mid Wales this August!

Organised by Articulture, and supported by The Magic Lantern Cinema and Natural Resources Wales – this amazing performance involves twenty oversized blocks which are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. What happens when dance and circus collide? When they converge, rub against each other, blend into one another?

View BLOCK trailer here –

Dates and venues are –

Saturday 20 August 2016, 11am
Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth

Saturday 20 August 2016, 4.30pm
Ynyslas Beach, near Borth

Sunday 21st August 2016, 11am
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Sunday 21st August 2016, 4.30pm
Tywyn Seafront Promenade

These events do not require advance booking. Donations will be collected at each show. 

For full information including venue details such as parking, accessibility, and wet weather plans visit

NOTE – Where possible there are wet weather plans for each show if raining/high winds. See the homepage of for regular updates. 

(Pictured NoFit State/Motionhouse ‘BLOCK’. Credit /Dan Tucker)

XTRAX spotlight on Wales + new Welsh section to Xtrax outdoor arts directory

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Until July, outdoor arts producers XTRAX are collaborating with Articulture to spotlight the finest contemporary outdoor arts unique to Wales on the XTRAX Directory – a free International Directory of Outdoor Arts and Circus, with over 1000 artists listed.

The Directory is the most visited part of XTRAX’s website and is used by bookers across the world to find shows for their programme.

Head on over to the XTRAX Directory and find which Welsh artists they are featuring and read their profile to find out technical information and to see videos and pictures; you’ll also find the contact details of each and every artist, so if you are a booker, feel free to contact them directly to find out about availability and cost.

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Recently Xtrax have been making some improvements to this essential resource, making it even easier for promoters to search for artists and shows for their programme.

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Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium – Commissions & Tour 2016 dates announced

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Articulture, in collaboration with the Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium (WOAC) are excited to announce three new commissioned pieces of work for presentation at eight tour dates across Wales in 2016.

Here is a brief introduction to this innovative new works, and where you can see them this summer below.

Follow Articulture and the artists via their online streams for updates on the work development and shows.

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Articulture mid Wales tour partner for BLOCK

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NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse will be touring a new collaborative piece of work and Articulture is excited to be working with them in partnership to bring the piece to three stunning outdoor locations in Mid Wales this summer! Directed by Kevin Finnan with circus direction by Paul Evans, the starting point for the piece is a structure inspired by the game of Jenga.

Twenty oversized blocks are deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. BLOCK is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges. What happens when dance and circus collide? When they converge, rub against each other, blend into one another.

The rural settings for the piece in mid Wales will bring further contrasts and contradictions.

Details on Mid Wales tour locations out soon. 

Outdoor Arts Bursaries to support ‘go see’ or skill sharing in 2016

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Bursaries are now available for Wales based artists and arts organisations to fund their own ‘go see’ or skill share session, which will assist in the development of their work.

These bursaries are about seeking out inspiration, and encouraging research, networking, skill sharing and partnership working, both in Wales and beyond. They are specifically available for those currently working in, or interested in developing outdoor artwork of any genre.

Through providing these bursaries it is hoped that a wider arena of sharing, connections and collaborations can be created for the development of outdoor arts in Wales. They are funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Details here. Rolling deadline until funds run out.