Street arts success

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ACE grants nearly £1m to Without Walls network.

Without Walls, the UK’s major street arts consortium, has won a £980,794 grant to continue its successful touring network for another three years.

Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund has agreed to fund the Associate Touring Network (ATN) to work with 10 festivals in some of England’s most underprivileged areas.

They will present new outdoor shows of all scales and genres and aim to reach an estimated 1.4 million people through arts engagement and community outreach projects over three years.

Working in partnership with arts organisations in each location, shows will include theatre, music, dance, circus, and large-scale night-time spectaculars as well as small scale events for families.  Partnership organisations include Appetite, Stoke-On-Trent, Derby Feste, Hull’s Freedom Festival, Right Up Our Street, Doncaster , the Watermans arts centre in Hounslow

as well as Leicester City Council and Preston Council.

The Associate Touring Network was launched in 2013 and has reached 1.3 million people across nine festivals, to deliver 430 unique performances of 33 outdoor shows.  

Josephine Burns, chair of Without Walls, said; “The success of the Associate Touring Network model proves that outdoor arts is the most democratic of art forms. Without Walls continues to demonstrate that companies from the UK can produce work that is artistically ambitious, socially engaged and entertaining – many of the projects we have supported are now touring the world. This award ensures that even more people in England will have the opportunity to enjoy these shows – mostly for free – at festivals across the country.

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