XTRAX / SIRF 2021 Outdoor Arts Showcase

A unique programme of online professional events for the international outdoor arts sector.
  • Dates: Wed 28 July – Thurs 29 July 2021

Building on the success of last year’s online showcase, XTRAX joins with Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) in 2021 to deliver a unique programme of online professional events for the international Outdoor Arts sector.

Whilst SIRF, due to take place in Stockton from July 29 to August 1, has been cancelled, we are delighted to confirm that the planned online showcase events will proceed as planned, even though the live events can not take place.

See SIRF’s full statement about 2021’s cancellation here: www.sirf.co.uk


Explore the online professional programme here

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What to expect?

The 2021 XTRAX/SIRF Outdoor Arts Showcase is an opportunity to network with UK and international colleagues, discover fantastic outdoor artists and contribute to discussions about the future of the sector.  This year we’re focusing on sustainability in outdoor arts, maintaining international programming and reviving our high streets as we recover from the global challenges brought by the pandemic.

The programme includes:

  • Artist pitching events showcasing the best UK and international talent available for touring
  • Panel discussions with international speakers
  • Networking opportunities


Who is it for?

Our showcasing and sector networking events are a gateway into the UK sector, so if you are an artist or promoter looking for an opportunity to develop your networks and understanding of Outdoor Arts, this is an event for you.



XTRAX is recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in international outdoor arts development. With a multi-lingual team and a vast network of industry contacts across the UK and internationally (including festival directors, event promoters, professional institutes and artists), XTRAX has vast experience in the strategic development and distribution of outdoor arts internationally.

Over the past 20 years, we have delivered over 35 international showcase events, in partnership with UK and international outdoor festivals, as well as extensive experience of consultancy, festival and event management, programming, producer support to artists, international tour management and strategic support to arts organisations.

XTRAX is also the manager of Without Walls; a network of 35 festivals dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoors sector.

Find out more about XTRAX here: www.xtrax.org.uk


About SIRF

SIRF is a free annual Outdoor Arts and street theatre festival in Stockton-on-Tees and one of the world’s oldest and best international outdoor arts festivals. After a year of online activity the live festival is returning to Stockton-on-Tees 29 July – 1 August 2021.

Taking place over four days, the event attracts thousands of spectators and showcases the best in street theatre, dance, circus and music acts in a packed programme of shows for all the family.

See the festival’s full statement about 2021’s cancellation here: www.sirf.co.uk


The XTRAX / SIRF 2021 Showcase is supported by Platform 4:UK, XTRAX’s Arts Council of England funded project for International collaboration in outdoor arts.

Image: Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles at City Encounters in Wiltshire 2021 (c) Ash Mills

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To find out more about the showcase, please contact: Irene Segura at irene@xtrax.org.uk


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