Welcome to the BE FESTIVAL blog. Here you’ll find festival news and updates, as well as information about BE’s year-round activities.

BE FESTIVAL 2016 Award Winners

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

As the BE FESTIVAL 2016 jury said, this year’s festival programme was extremely strong. We want to congratulate all of the companies who won prizes at the festival this year. This year we awarded the following prizes: BE FESTIVAL 2016 1st Prize Supported by Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The winning company is awarded £1500 plus a […]

Men Wanted for the part of Hamlet.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to play the legendary role of Hamlet? Well, now could be your chance. We’re looking for men to ‘audition’ to take part in Collective Cinetico’s innovative take on the play at BE FESTIVAL 2016. The performance will take place on 23 June at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. There are no rehearsals – everything […]

Slaughterhouse transformed – Short Theatre Festival Rome

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Preview of Short Theatre Festival in Rome | September 03-13 A former slaughterhouse in the south west inner zone of Rome isn’t an obvious home for a ten day alternative arts festival. But take a quick glance at the programme of the tenth edition of the Short Theatre Festival and it all becomes rather fitting. […]

‘BE FESTIVAL: Democratic and Delicious.’

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Have a read of this great piece about BE FESTIVAL 2015 by Joy Martin for Exeunt. The BE FESTIVAL is a gathering of contemporary European performance and takes place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; when my mate Nicky and I arrive we are told to go around the back of the building.  It’s a strange, deserted […]

BE FESTIVAL 2015 Award Winners + Thanks.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Well, we did it. After months of preparation, days spent transforming the backstage spaces of the REP into our festival hub and five days of performances, workshops, talks, dinners and parties BE FESTIVAL 2015 took just a few hours to dismantle. The REP’s workshop may now be devoid of sofas, cardboard gaming machines, karma desks […]

A Statement from Collectif Corps Citoyen

Friday, June 26th, 2015

At first, We wanted to share with you our surrealistic adventure to obtain the visa and come to Birmingham to perform. The visa process reminded us about how strongly enclosed borders are; all kind of borders. If it had been appropriate, we would definitely have read for you all the forms we had to fill out […]

Thursday at BE FESTIVAL

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Day 3 already! We are now midway through the festival. There’s classical music wafting through the air in the festival hub as our artists arrive for another full day. Last night saw the start of this year’s competitive programme; each year audience members and our jury of international theatre experts get to cast their votes […]

BE FESTIVAL 2015 Day 2

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Last night we kicked off BE 2015 in suitable style, throwing open the back doors of the REP to our newly transformed festival hub. There was music, there were Spanish wines, there were wonderful shows. The evening shows began with Locus Amoenus by ATRESBANDES, a witty and charming show in which a bunny-induced derailment brings […]