THE FIRST wave of performances have been revealed for the 2022 edition of Arts by the Sea, Bournemouth’s annual festival of arts and culture.

Taking place from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 across Bournemouth’s outdoor spaces and gardens, this year’s programme will explore the theme of PLAY in all its forms.

The opening performance, Press Play, on Friday night will bring together a 3D projection mapping never seen before at the festival.

A collaboration between the digital arts collective, The Media Workshop, and the House Gospel Choir, guests will listen to the choir’s voices fill the air as they follow the song lyrics from the biggest house, gospel and garage tunes appearing on the façade of Bournemouth’s Town Hall.

The Pop Up Skate Park will be another highlight of the 2022 programme. Hosted by King Ramps skate events company, visitors can watch tricks and stunts by GB Olympic Skateboarders, Alex Hallford, Jack Clark and friends.

There will also be participatory workshops and demos all weekend. People of all skills and ages are invited to sessions hosted by professional skateboarders and coaches to help improve their skills or, for novices, how to stand on a skateboard for the first time.

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council cabinet member for tourism, culture and vibrant places said: “Arts by the Sea always provides such a vibrant and accessible range of cultural activity and this year I am really excited by the sport and culture crossover.

"The Pop-Up Skate Park is an inspirational way of engaging with our young people and giving everyone ownership of our public spaces. It will showcase our local skate, blade and BMX champs and give everyone the chance to have a go.

"This year, Arts by the Sea is all about having fun so come down and try something extraordinary.”

There’s more to be announced for the 12th edition of the festival including walkabout street theatre, play areas, dance pieces, installations and a bandstand.

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