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The 2019 programming strand, Mind Matter, aims to explore and challenge current attitudes towards mental health and spark conversations through artwork and installations inspired or influenced by mental health issues and experiences.
Arts by the Sea is focused on delivering a packed and fun filled festival celebration, while shining a light on mental health and breaking down some social barriers surrounding it. The weekend will consist of an explosion of art with many fantastic events taking place throughout the town which everyone can be involved in.

The Beach | Friday 27th
Founded in Belgium in 2012, the collective Pyronix Production has mastered the art of taming the light based on a strong background in modern juggling, manipulation of light and flame sources as well as visual and pyrotechnic effects. In a breath-taking medieval show full of battling, juggling and fire manipulation, eight performers will push the boundaries of darkness and light in an unforgettable, unique performance produced especially for Arts by the Sea. With its precise choreographs, its intense and epic music, this fire-show is a real visual slap and will wow audiences through in a production of pure passion and excellence.

Hôtel d’Illusions by Illuminos
Town Hall | Saturday 28th | Sunday 29th
Hôtel d’Illusions is a bespoke, site-specific spectacle commissioned for Arts by the Sea. Using projection mapping technology, the façade of Bournemouth’s Town Hall will transport audiences back to the Victorian era featuring magic, science and hypnosis, all popular themes of the time. Blurring lines of reality and illusion and connecting to the Mind Matter strand, marvels of the age such as The Lady in the Goldfish Bowl, interspersed with contemporary wonders, will transform this Victorian-age former hotel. With elements in partnership with Bournemouth University, and music specially composed by local musicians, this is a not-to-be-missed event.