Bournemouth hosts live music, visual arts, classical concerts, spoken word, film, performance and dance throughout the year. Arts Bournemouth presents the annual Arts by the Sea Festival as well as a calendar of arts events, visit Arts Bournemouth for more information.
World-class contemporary dance performances and classes take place at Pavilion Dance South West, a national centre of excellence for dance located behind the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) provide world-class orchestral music.
The Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB) is one of only fifteen higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design and media. The University College has been providing specialist education for over a century and has an leading national and international reputation. The Gallery at the AUCB offers a unique space in the South West for the contemporary arts and has regional and national recognition.
The annual Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival (26th September - 12th October 2014) attracts international artists as well as presenting some of the best regional and local arts. The festival is multi-art form, with the best outdoor performance, dance, film, digital art, sculpture, live music, light installations and sound. Many events are free and children's events also feature, this year’s theme is ‘on the edge’ for more information visit Arts Bournemouth.