Festival Coast Live

Festival Coast Live!

You could be part of this year’s ‘Festival Coast Live!’ activity and events programme in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch across the spring, summer, autumn and beyond.

As part of our BounceBack initiative, Festival Coast Live! has the ambition to engage and support local organisations, community groups, clubs, performers and event organisers to develop a diverse vibrant spectacle of events and activities that celebrate and show case what makes the area and its communities so special for people who live, visit and work here.

As COVID-19 measures are lifted, we hope by late May, a particular focus will be on local professional and community artists, musicians and dance groups entertaining residents (and eventually visitors, too) through a series of pop-up event experiences. These will celebrate live music, dance, food, heritage, culture, literature, health and fitness, wellbeing, lifestyle, nature and the environment.

As part of this programme, the Arts by the Sea Festival will be curating a special programme of cultural events throughout the outdoor season showcasing local professional and community performers.

A key component in delivering the Festival Coast Live! events and activities programme is that we will also be offering small community focused grants to existing activity organisers to enhance their events and assist with COVID measures, as well as to individuals, groups or organisations who want to be part of the pop up experiences.

Grant funding for events/programme of activities

Grant funding is specifically for existing (not for profit) community events or the contracting of new themed placemaking activities, specifically organisers of events or a wider range of activities. Individual entertainers and groups keen to perform are encouraged to continue registering their interest.  

Check if you are eligible for grants:

Please read the grant funding criteria for more information.

Entertainers or performers - register your interest

The Festival Coast Live! activities and events programme will be developed over the next few years as the world bounces back from these challenging times, with the aim of celebrating the region’s wonderful open spaces and vibrant communities.

View our Festival Coast Live! FAQs.


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