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The 2018 Arts by the Sea festival will take place on the 29th September – 6th October. It is a 8-day celebration of the arts with many fantastic events throughout the town. The festival is focused on programming inclusive and accessible events across a range of disciplines, many of which will be free and unrestricted. The festival is delivered by Bournemouth Borough Council with the support of Arts Council England.

Venues for the 2018 festival encompass Bournemouth’s gardens, beachfront and pier, as well as over a dozen small gig spaces, theatres, libraries and cafes which participate in the Fringe. The theme for this year is ‘New Frontiers’ which invites artists, Fringe organisers and creative partners to explore ideas around technological change, human potential and the future.

Over the next five years, Arts by the Sea intends to amend our practices to become more ethical, sustainable and reduce our environmental impact. We encourage and support our partners to do the same.

Applying to Arts by the Sea

Please note there are two application types for getting involved in Arts by the Sea in 2018 (Festival Fringe Application and the General Contributers Application).


This is the General Contributors Application. Artists working in any medium (performance, installation, theatre) may use this form to bring their work to the attention of the festival’s programmers.

If you are unsure which application is best suited to you, please email arts.Bournemouth@bournemouth.gov.uk.