Inside Out Dorset event for Christchurch approved by council committee


CHRISTCHURCH City Council has shown its full support for the arts and music festival to be held in the city later this year.

Event organizers Activate will host an Inside Out Dorset event on The Quomps on Christchurch Quay on Sunday, September 19 as part of the festival’s opening weekend.

The event program will bring together a high-quality selection of local, national and international circus and music works, including Dorset Youth Dance, London-based acrobatic theater group Mimbre and French ensemble Cirque Rouages.

At the recent Christchurch City Council Community Committee meeting on April 23, Dom Kippin, outdoor arts producer at Activate, spoke to councilors about the company’s plans for the event.

He said: “We have been running in the county for almost 15 years now and we have only been able to work once in Christchurch once at the end of Hengistbury Head, mainly due to the difficulty in securing funding when the town was in East Dorset.

“The program is a mix of international, national and regional dance and circus music events, which sort of showcase everything we do as a festival.

“We are looking to bring the event to Quomps. This is obviously a well-used event venue that has hosted many successful events, and we hope this will be the start of a fruitful relationship with Christchurch and the City Council. from Christchurch. ”

Councilors have expressed concerns over whether the event will cause a change in the landscape, but event organizers have said they aim to leave “no footprints at all” once they are gone with it. their event.

Mr Kippin added: “We are very sensitive to the environment and the natural landscape around us, and what we want to do is basically highlight the beauty of this landscape and encourage other people to discover it, rather than harming it. .

“So we’ll do everything we can to make sure that no blade of grass is out of place.”

The item was moved and seconded, and councilors voted unanimously in favor of the event.

The then community committee chairman Cllr Fred Neale said: “I suggest we allow this to continue, and we look forward to meeting and welcoming you to Christchurch, and I hope it ends up. be a lasting relationship. ”

Christchurch City Council will now work with Inside Out, BCP Council and other statutory partners and license accordingly.


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