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Without Walls, a network of festivals that bring outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across England for free, has announced an expansion.

Without Walls will grow its number of partnerships from 18 to 36.

A new Touring Network Partnership launches with eighteen partners along with eight partners in the brand-new Creative Development Network, who together with the ten festivals and organisations of the Artistic Directorate, make up the Without Walls consortium

With these new partnerships, Without Walls extends its reach further across England with new partners in the South West, Greater Manchester, Somerset and more.

Josephine Burns, Chair of Without Walls said: “This is a significant growth for Without Walls, made possible with National Portfolio investment by Arts Council England from 2018 until 2022. It is a vital next step in bringing outstanding outdoor arts to people and places throughout England and especially where involvement in art and culture is significantly below the national average.

“From small towns, rural locations and seaside resorts to communities in big cities, more than 3 million people have attended Without Walls festivals over the past three years, bringing people together, delighting children and young people, supporting the local economy, and animating our high streets.”