Watch Out Worcester

Saturday 22 July, from 12 noon
Worcester City Centre

Watch Out Worcester (WOW) is a new free event for the city.

Theatre, dance, music, spoken word and visual arts in outdoor and unusual spaces, created and performed by local and visiting artists and companies.

We're currently putting the timetable together - so keep an eye on this page for updates and news of more great art taking place on the day.

The Hive

Popping up at The Hive will be infuseDANCE’s Bodyguards - Protect and Serve, a team of highly trained dancing bodyguards in a fun filled interactive performance

Also performing at The Hive will be Flexus Dance Company, Dancefest's Elevate and Elevate Junior Youth Dance Company and Worcester DFY, and students from the Centre for Advanced Dance Training scheme, and as part of Accelerate youth dance platform, which showcases some of the region’s best young companies.

And dance students from the University of Worcester will perform underneath the arches near the Hive. 

Three Choirs Festival

Watch Out Worcester takes place on the opening day of the Three Choirs Festival and as part of both events, at 3.10pm, you can take time to see a short dance performance in the lovely riverside setting of Worcester Cathedral's west garden.

St Swithun's Church

Worcestershire Resource Exchange (part of the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust) will be creating an installation piece entitled  'Portal' made from thousands paper feathers, all individually cut and made from reclaimed materials.

Worcester-born DJ Ed Steelefox will mix a musical response to the incredible space to create a thoughtful and reflective soundtrack to the coming-and-goings of the visitors and special guests.

Also at St Swithun's will be singer songwriter Shiraz Hempstock, and poet, writer and performer, Suz Winspearwho was Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016-17. She'll bring a range of poets to perform during the afternoon, presenting poetry in new and unexpected ways, and maybe helping visitors to find the poet within themselves.

Around Worcester city centre

Dance students from the University of Worcester will be celebrating summer with a fun, easily accessible dance outside Costa near Asda and on Broad Street - and look out for Vamos Theatre's Midwives on Call.

Also performing in different spaces around the city centre will be singer songwriter Shiraz Hempstock, Emily May Dance TheatreEncompass Collective, Dancefest's DFA and Chance to Dance Company, dance students from the University of Worcester. There will also be new theatre pieces commissioned by Jumpstart especially for the day. 

Take part

Watch Out Worcester performance project (18+)
Saturday 15 July, 10.30am-4pm and 22 July between 12 noon and 4.30pm, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery and Worcester City Centre. Confident, physical performers will spend Saturday 15 July with Dancefest, using costumes from Coventry-based Imagineer Productions, to create a short pop up performance for Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum and outdoor locations.

Vamos - Midwives on Call

Watch Out Worcester is produced by Dancefest in collaboration with Worcestershire partners including JumpstartThe HiveThree Choirs FestivalUniversity of WorcesterSevern ArtsVamos TheatreWorcester City Art Gallery and MuseumWorcester Arts WorkshopWorcestershire Arts PartnershipWorcestershire Litfest & Fringe.