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ISAN What is Outdoor Arts


Outdoor Arts is the umbrella term, used in the UK, given to performances in various genres (theatre, dance, circus, spectacle, music or any combination of the above) that are created for outdoor public spaces – sometimes in the street, or in town squares, parks and other public spaces. Outdoor arts has a purposefully wide definition and is inclusive of solo performances through to large scale spectacle and from community processional projects to stunning outdoor interactive visual installations.

In other European countries, in particular in France and Spain, Outdoor arts is seen as an important art form in its own right, attracting sustained investment from local and national government. The French term, “theatre without walls” is a useful definition.

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