21-27 OCTOBER 2023

Successfully launched in 2022 and attracting more than 40,000 audiences across three programmes of events, Our Future Starts Here aims to explore issues of our time, enable new cultural experiences for North East Lincolnshire residents and highlight Grimsby’s place in the world now.

For this new edition for Autumn, we’re pleased to be partnering with Projekt Renewables to present future-facing, thought-provoking, quality and fun performances for all ages around Alexandra Dock. This national touring work from leading outdoor arts companies is coupled with creative participation opportunities, panel talks, ‘green learning’ and children’s activities on sustainability themes.

Culture House Director, Charlotte Bowen, said: “Our Future Starts Here aims to raise awareness of the need for sustainable futures and what we might collectively start to do to achieve this.

“We know we need to start looking after the planet and each-other and we also want to get across that creativity plays a role in problem-solving, in regenerating the places we live and in designing the kind of future we truly want”

“In addition to this we want residents to understand that Grimsby’s green industries are at the forefront of global developments when it comes to sustainable solutions for the planet”.

Our Future Starts here is supported by locally-based and globally trail-blazing eco-smart technology company myenergi.

Let’s look after the planet & each-other!

Supported by

SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 11am - 4pm
Alexandra Dock, Grimsby DN31 1SY


By Mimbre
Alexandra Dock

Lifted is a collection of funny, poetic and surprising moments, which explore in different ways what it means when one body is carried by another. Or when one person carries two people. Or when a person doesn’t want to be carried. Or when three people find the perfect balance.

Created in collaboration with three guest choreographers, Yi-Chun Liu, HURyCAN and Gary Clarke, this captivating performance by acrobatic theatre company Mimbre experiments with new approaches and mixes dance, theatre and circus to celebrate the expressions and impressions that appear when three strong women move, lift and balance each other.

Easy Read and Audio Introduction

Find the Lifted Easy Read PDF document and Audio Introduction here.

Performed and devised by Silvia Fratelli, Martha Harrison and Helga Ehrenbusch. As well as previous cast: Freya Stokka, Jaide Annalise and Rosy Roberts.

Find out more about the current cast here.

Lifted is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Out of the Box

By Darryl Carrington
Alexandra Dock

Out of the Box is a show of Impossible situations when a constant battle with physics is resolved in a finale that will have the audience feeling like they have just witnessed the underdog substitute scoring the winning goal.

A unique blend of world-class juggling, high skill manipulation and original, Tik Tok trick shots are delivered through gentle clowning when the audience become the stars of the show and celebrate both failures and successes.

Drawing from personal experiences of neuro-diversity, Darryl Carrington gently guides audiences through a celebration of our differences, similarities and how – through playfulness – we can find a common space between the two and break down the boundaries that divide us.

The Bewonderment Machine

By A Bird in the Hand
Alexandra Dock

The Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built, cycle-powered carousel, a public sculpture and a magical journey for children.

A ‘theatrical flight of the imagination’, this unique experience combines puppetry, machinery, hand carved wooden animals and music.

With riding space for up to 10, The Bewonderment Machine empowers the young to care, to be curious and to believe in their own strength.

Inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ beautiful book The Lost Words, The Bewonderment Machine seeks to reconnect with and is a joyful celebration of the creatures that are increasingly losing their place in our children’s lives and in their language.

Crafting our future

children’s drop in creative workshops
Projekt Renewables, Alexandra Dock

Enter these vibrant shipping containers that have landed in ‘Heritage Square’ car park to highlight Grimsby’s renewable industries and create your own sustainable crafts.

This Place of Mine

Turntable Gallery
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 10am - 4pm
Turntable Gallery, Grimsby

In 2022, Our Future Starts Here partnered with Manchester-based organisation Future Everything to deliver creative workshops with students at Grimsby Institute, looking at potential new creative ideas for Grimsby Town Centre and how it is used.

Come along and see the ideas and designs that were produced and feel free to add your own!

FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 11am - 4pm
Alexandra Dock, Grimsby DN31 1SY


By Pif-Paf
Alexandra Dock

Pif-Paf as a company formed out of sustainability campaigning, with a clear aim to bring wonder and change to people’s lives where they live, work and play. Pif Paf believes that an empowered community is the key to any positive and sustainable change. Their works are playful and dramatic explorations of the big themes around sustainability.

TOAST takes audiences on a journey through the seasons, through story-telling, music, food and dances. In each of the four seasons the performances explore a different aspect of the things we do together. The show looks at our closeness to the land and seasons through celebration, inspiration and preparation, rather than a telling of the struggles to come.

As a show, Toast is made largely from reused materials and is battery powered and the food is responsibly sourced.


Alexandra Dock

A fun and moving outdoor show featuring an array of juggling, hand-balancing contortion, clowning and puppetry, the show is a metaphor for how the human race is not good at looking after our world and now we are starting to pay the consequences.

The two relatable and playful characters have two things to do: fish for food and look after and nurture their one treasured possession. Trying to keep it alive using water.

We see them struggle with problems creating more trouble for themselves. They do not take the logical route, but the one that seems more fun. They spill and waste water till there is none left and their world starts turning purple.
There might be a simple answer if they thought it through, but the solution they find creates another problem. And while this is funny to watch it has negative outcomes for their world.

The duo even pull the audience into their antics to contribute purple objects that change their world into a purple mess of discarded objects.


Alexandra Dock

Linden Dance promotes positivity, individuality and empowerment, championing diverse perspectives, backgrounds and creative voices. In their explosive outdoor duet UNBOXED, a mixed-race man and a white woman set themselves in opposition to two giant wooden cubes in a representation of their battle with prejudice and judgement. The toxicity of the subject matter can be felt in the pulsing soundtrack and the performers’ athletic physicality.

Crafting our future

children’s drop in creative workshops
Projekt Renewables, Alexandra Dock

Come and get creative on future themes with our artists in residence for the day.

Our Future Starts Here is produced by The Culture House, an arts and cultural organisation based in Grimsby working to widening access to culture, enliven spaces and provide more opportunities for connection while exploring issues that matter to us all. The Culture House is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.