CE 2021
01 June 2021

Wiltshire Creatives 2021 City Encounters was a great boost for the city after a challenging year, with more than 4500 people enjoying 42 free events over the beautiful May bank holiday weekend. As part of City Encounters free weekend, Wiltshire Creative were delighted to welcome seven artists from across the UK in partnership with Without Walls. 

Free events included two days of street theatre, circus and dance in Salisbury city centre and Salisbury Cathedral Close – as well as Family activities at Bemerton Heath and Salisbury Arts Centre.

As we emerge from the pandemic, outdoor performance gives the community a chance to celebrate and connect through cultural experiences and brings much needed support to the creative economy. This year’s City Encounters was a delightful distraction with its ambitious and exciting programme supported by Without Walls. Bringing together up-and-coming companies, established street artists and those making their first foray into creating work for the public space. Wiltshire Creative was delighted to bring local audiences together in a safe way to share in the joy of live performance, within the streets and spaces of Salisbury.

Wiltshire Creative External Relations Director Helen Taylor said: “We are delighted that this year’s City Encounters was enjoyed by so many people. After such a challenging year we were proud to offer music, dance, theatre, circus and some disco boogieing and much more to bring our beautiful city back to life. Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s City Encounters and we look forward to seeing you again soon.”

Wiltshire Creative Artistic Director Gareth Machin said: "Seeing groups of family and friends, young and old, enjoying cultural experiences against the backdrop of the city and the sunshine was inspiring and motivating for the whole Wiltshire Creative team.  After such a difficult year, we all can't wait to get back to entertaining audiences and City Encounters is just the start - there's plenty more to come!'

Salisbury Arts Centre has now re-opened from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 2.30pm with a tasty new cafe menu, new exhibition and hub for 'SHIFT' - a project celebrating the voices of young people in the arts.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men bring an outdoor performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth to Rack Close in the Cathedral grounds next week, with best availability on Thursday 3 June.

Salisbury Playhouse re-opens on 7 June with a performance from our Further Education performing arts students, followed by a joyful season of theatre, dance, comedy, music, film - something for everyone.

An exciting Autumn Season will be announced shortly.




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Without Walls is a consortium of festivals, organisations and artists dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoors sector, both nationally and internationally. 

Established in 2007 as a partnership of 5 founding festivals, Without Walls has grown into a consortium of 36 partners, spanning 3 strategic groups.  Together we create, develop and tour innovative new work and invest in the growth of the outdoor arts sector.