Tate St Ives Festival

Circuit SWITCH festival

Switch Festival

Plug in, switch on, activate!

Head to St Ives and join us for an energising mix of art, music, workshops, exhibitions and performance created by and for young people. From freerunning to light projections, digital animation to spoken word and dance to trance, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find events and happenings around the town and beach.

Plug in, switch on, activate at our venues across St Ives:

Check out the lo-fi surf punk of The Black Tambourines and the unstoppable punky force of The Velvet Hands. Discover a club night with a difference and dance until late at the Moogie Wonderland and Durty Disco art party.

Join performance poet Jess Green at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, see hip hop meet ballet in a unique dance piece by the award winning, Cornwall-based Big Dance Company and look out for artist Rebecca Smith on her Light Cycle as she projects guerrilla imagery around the streets of St Ives.

Ever wanted to try freerunning? Then join Street Motion for an active workshop and later catch them in action on the streets of St Ives. Other highlights include a dance performance by Lutalica, inspired by the Cornish beach and sea, Snapshot Shirley selfie booth and digishops with Clannamation and Urban Projections. 

Join the conversation at #SwitchStIves.


Friday 23 September, 18.00 – 22.00

18.00 – 19.30 Opening celebration Kidz R Us Theatre

19.00 – 22.00 Moogie Wonderland DJ art party Kidz R Us Theatre

19.00 – 22.00 Urban Projections Kidz R Us Theatre and pop up locations around St Ives  

19.30 – 21.00 Circuit SWITCH Exhibition Porthmeor Studio 5

19.30 – 21.00 Jess Green Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

21.00 – 21.15 Big Dance Company Kidz R Us Theatre

Saturday 24 September, 12.00 – 22.00

12.00 – 18.00 Circuit SWITCH Exhibition Porthmeor Studio 5

12.00 – 18.00 SWITCH Hub Kidz R Us Theatre

12.00 – 18.00 DigiShop and CreateSpace Kidz R Us Theatre 

12.00 – 18.00 Hothouse Porthmeor Beach

12.00 – 18.00 Flashlight Beach Space Porthmeor Beach

12.30 – 15.30 Street Motion freerunning workshops Kidz R Us Theatre

13.00 – 16.00 Jess Green performance poet popping up at festival venues

15.30 – 16.00 Lutalica: Falmouth University Choreography Dance students Porthmeor Beach

17.30 – 18.00 Street Motion freerunning performance Pop up locations around St Ives

18.00 – 22.00 Moogie Wonderland DJ Kidz R Us Theatre

19.00 – 19.30 The Velvet Hands Kidz R Us Theatre

19.45 – 20.30 The Black Tambourines Kidz R Us Theatre

20.00 – 22.00 Urban Projections  Pop-up locations around St Ives 

20.30 – 22.00 Durty Disco DJ and VJ Kidz R Us Theatre

Circuit SWITCH Festival has been created by Tate Collective St Ives, a community of young people in Cornwall that meet up regularly to talk about art, collaborate, create, experiment, plan and deliver new projects for other young people aged 15-25.

Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Circuit is a four year national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector.

Tate St Ives

Due to Tate St Ives being closed for refurbishment until spring 2017, this event will take place at:

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Porthmeor beach
Kidz R Us Theatre (SWITCH Hub)
Porthmeor Studio 5

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


23 September 2016 at 18.00–22.00

24 September 2016 at 12.00–22.00

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