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Outside In Arts Festival

Looking Out, Looking In, Looking Up

Outside In Arts Festival was Poplar Union’s debut digital arts festival showcasing the work of 18 commissioned artists including musicians, theatre makers, writers and dancers which was streamed via YouTube over the 28 & 29 August.


After closing our doors back in March 2020, and postponing almost two season’s worth of live shows, the team got thinking about how best we could support the artists that had lost out on work and creative projects throughout lockdown. As the world began reflecting on ‘unprecedented’, ‘strange’ and ‘extraordinary’ times, we too were questioning what creative responses might be to the Covid-19 crisis.

We reached out to a number of artists who have either performed or were due to perform at Poplar Union, inviting them to respond to the theme; Looking Out, Looking In, Looking Up.

Each artist submitted a piece of digital performance which together will form the two-day Outside In Arts Festival on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August via our YouTube channel.

The work was timely, responding to the world in which we found ourselves; be that in relation to Covid-19, Black Lives Matter or simply the realities of staying in our homes for days on end. The commission was a celebration of creativity and the creative process under such extraordinary circumstances.

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You can watch the whole festival here: 


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Outside In Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council England