Illuminating way to showcase the arts

Illuminating way to showcase the arts

Tom Marshman, who is performing in Everyone's Auditorium and a Night of Flotsam and Jetsam

Alistair Gentry

First published in Stage Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Photograph of the Author by

B-SIDE Festival gets under way today with a plethora of arty activities and sights to see on Portland until September 14.

Tonight, enjoy watching or taking part in an illuminated bike ride around the Easton and Weston areas of Portland.

Lullaby begins at 7.30pm from St George’s Centre in Easton.

The mass of illuminated bikes will be accompanied by ambient and serene music. To join in, you must pre-register at b-side.org.uk/events/lullaby At St George’s Church on Sunday hear artist Duncan Whitley talk about his audio installation in the historical church from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The talk will also feature artists Daniel Jones and James Bulley.

View artist Agnieszka Kozlowska’s photographic work in and around an old stone fisherman’s hut at Durdle Pier, East Weares. Follow the signs from Rufus Castle. Portland ranger Lyn Cooch will take people on a guided walk on Tuesday from 11am to 1pm to view the work and there will also be a chance to meet Agnieszka.

Portland Erratics, a sculptural installation on the quayside between the marina and Portland Castle, explore the relationship between the individual and the mystical isle.

A guided walk to find out more about Alex Hartley’s artwork takes place on Friday September 12 from 4pm to 5pm.

People are invited to view photography and audio exhibition What is Left in a Portland home.

Head to 7 Belle Vue Terrace to see Ellie Harrison and Roshana Rubin Mayhew’s What is Left? installation.

The intimately powerful exhibition invites people to take part in the conversation about people lost, objects gained and the continuing relationship between them.

It is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

Look out for a r***** appearing on Portland throughout b-side.

A certain burrowing animal that cannot be named on the island, due to ancient folklore, will be embodied by artist Alistair Gentry at various festival sites.

Tomorrow, there will be a special underground movie about r****** shown at the ‘ghost tunnels’ at High Angle Battery from 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Places are limited so arrive ahead of 1.30 to guarantee your spot.

Forks, knives and fiction will be a discussion topic at The Sugar Loaf Café in Easton.

Artist Ania Bas has engraved ‘micro stories’ onto the café’s cutlery to be used for the duration of the festival. Tomorrow, a Literary Cutlery Festival Brunch will be held at the Sugar Loaf from 11am to 12.30pm.

Back by popular demand are the b-side bus stop stories. Artworks have replaced adverts at seven bus shelters across the island, creating an outdoor gallery. A special screening of horror film These Are The Damned, which was set and filmed in Weymouth and Portland will be shown at the Royal Manor Theatre on Tuesday from 8pm to 9.30pm.

See b-side.org.uk for a full programme of events

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