Moving Out 2021 Programme and Schedule


Moving Out 2021 will be introduced by

Neil Butler

Co-Chair Neil Butler is an artist and producer who   has developed a range of organisations in Scotland, England, Europe and Sri Lanka to support artists and producers working in public space . He is currently Director of Festivals and Events  for Dandelion. Dandelion is funded by the Scottish Government and commissioned by  Visit Scotland as the Scottish contribution to Festival 22.

Stella Hall

Stella Hall, FRSA is a freelance creative producer, with a commitment to connecting people and place through culture. After a wide ranging career, in 2013 she co-founded Festival of Thrift ( the National Festival of Sustainable Living in Redcar. In 2020 it won the People, Environment, Achievement Award, for its digital and hyperlocal Festivals under lockdown.

Stella is a board member of Redcar Town Deal, D6:EU (Cyprus) and Rosie Kay Dance. 

Twitter @stellam04249629 //

Presenting Work 

Alan Richardson, Surge 

Alan Richardson is currently Director of Surge, dedicated to the promotion and development of outdoor arts, physical theatre and circus across Scotland. In this role, he develops and delivers professional development, masterclasses, residencies and outreach programmes across Scotland, and Surge Festival, Scotland’s only outdoor arts festival in July in Glasgow.

Patrick de Groote, Antwerpen Open 

Patrick de Groote, Director of the Zomer van Antwerpen – a city-wide  festival of free events incorporating a ticketed international theatre programme. Patrick kept his programme of over 400 events despite the COVID restrictions in the city.

Art & Activism 

Hilary Westlake, Artists for Palestine

Hilary Westlake is a director of large scale site-specific and other performances. She founded Lumiere & Son Theatre Company with writer David Gale and produced over fifty original shows for theatres and other indoor and outdoor sites. She has been an activist in numerous political campaigns over the years is currently the chair of Artists for Palestine UK.

Doug Fransisco, Extinction Rebellion 

Doug Francisco is a visual and performing artist / activist, creative director with Invisible Circus and Boomtown fair, founder member and Trustee with the Artspace Lifespace charity and creator of the Red Rebel brigades.

Europe (and beyond)

Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank 

My role today is the same as it has always been – to produce groundbreaking work that invites people to collaborate, or connect, or celebrate, in new ways – and to surprise themselves in the process.
Walk the Plank has an insatiable appetite for creative risk, I’m always looking at ways in which we can challenge ideas and bring about new and exciting ways of telling a great story.

Amaya Dent, Walk with Amal 

Amaya Jeyarajah Dent is a Creative Producer for the outdoors, currently working as UK producer for The Walk – an epic travelling arts festival that unfolds around Little Amal as she embarks on an extraordinary journey from the Turkey-Syria border to the UK.

The European Connections workshop will be hosted by Mikey Martins of Freedom Festival.

New Work Platform

Martin Danziger, Articulation Arts

Martin is the new director of Articulation, championing, advocating and developing Circus, Outdoor Arts and Physical Performance in Scotland.

Martin is an experienced and award winning circus and theatre director, workshop leader and community enabler based in Scotland. He has directed professional and community theatre, circus and clowning work for companies across Scotland as well as continuing to work extensively in Europe.


10:00 Moving Out 2021 Symposium begins

10:05 Opening Presentations – Moving Out gets underway with an introduction by creative director Neil Butler and Festival of Thrift producer Stella Hall.

10:10 Martin Danziger of Articulation Arts talks about the Outdoor Arts Sector and announces the New Work Platform.

10:20 – 10:40 Presenting Work – Alan Richardson of Surge and Patrick de Groote of Zomer van Antwerpen talk about their experience of presenting work and festivals within the confines of Coronavirus restrictions.

10:45 – 11:05 Art and Activism – Hilary Westlake presents some musings on art and activism, framed through such experiences as chairing the Artists for Palestine movement. Doug Fransisco speaks about his work with the Red Rebels, whose performances have appeared lately under the umbrella of Extinction Rebellion’s protests.

11:10 – 11:30 Europe and Beyond – Liz Pugh of Walk the Plank offers ideas on breaking our island mentality. Amaya Dent walks us through the journey of 3.5 metre tall puppet Amal, who will quite literally traverse Europe this year.

11:30 – 11:35 Break/Catch Up

11.35 – 12:05 Workshops begin and run concurrently. Attendees are asked to join their preferred room. 

  • Breakout Room 1 – European Connections
    Facilitated by Mikey Martins of Freedom Festival
  • Breakout Room 2 – Presenting Work
    Facilitated by Stella Hall of Festival of Thrift
  • Breakout Room 3 – Art and Activism
    Facilitated by Hilary Westlake

12:05 – 12:20 Plenary Session – Attendees are reunited to offer feedback from the workshops and make final remarks.

12:20 – 12:30 Break/Catch Up

12.30 – 13:30 Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform
Facilitated by Martin Danziger of Articulation Arts

14:00 – 15:00 Scottish Outdoor Arts Speed Dating session will be hosted separately

The 7th Edition of Moving Out will take place on-line on Friday July 9th 2021, between 10am – 1.30pm. Register for the event at