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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are fortunate to have a wealth of arts organisations, all providing quality cultural experiences. The following organisations are supported by us.

Lighthouse, Arts & Entertainment

Poole's centre for the arts, Lighthouse hosts live events, film and visual art exhibitions.

Pavilion Dance South West

Pavilion Dance South West is a registered charity commissioning and programming dance that connects with people and leaves a lasting impression. Their programmes aim to enhance the quality of life for local residents and visitors, bringing fantastic live performances and opportunities to dance.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO)

The only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city, the BSO give exceptional performances both at their home venue at Lighthouse in Poole and at venues throughout the south and southwest.


Activate is a local strategic organisation whose sole focus is on producing and developing contemporary theatre, community dance and outdoor celebrations and festivals.


Soundstorm is an award-winning music education development agency for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Wave Arts Education Agency

Wave is a source of inspiration and creativity between the arts and education communities.

Cultural development grant funded organisations

We are pleased to have contributed to projects from the following organisations as part of their small grant scheme for 2023/24:

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