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How to apply

Applications to perform at FESTIVAL 2016 are now being processed. Applicants will be contacted in February.
If you are a visual artist, the call will open in May 2016. Visual Arts Programme

Performance Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 ARE NOW BEING REVIEWED – APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED IN FEBRUARY.


Companies from across Europe can apply to perform at BE FESTIVAL (21-25 June 2016). You can apply either with a finished show or with a piece that is still in development. Performances at BE can be no longer than 30 minutes, so some pieces may need to be adapted. The ethos of the festival is to cross borders, so we will programme work that crosses borders (linguistic, cultural, artistic) and which inspires people of all nationalities.

BE FESTIVAL is a powerful showcase opportunity as performances are watched by national and international programmers. Companies who performed at BE have since been programmed at London International Mime Festival, The Barbican, South Bank Centre, The Lowry, Traverse Theatre, Bilbao ACT Festival, Rome Short Theatre Festival and Sarajevo MESS Festival to name a few.

Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to explore ideas and build new collaborations with performers from across Europe. Selected companies will be provided with accommodation, meals, transport in Birmingham, a small fee to support the company adapting the piece to the festival’s format and will get free access to world-class workshops, feedback, discussions and opportunities for professional development.

A jury of theatre and dance professionals awards 6 main prizes at BE FESTIVAL:

– one Development Prize: £1500 and a funded residency to develop your work and perform it at BE FESTIVAL the following year;
– the ACT Festival Prize: a funded performance in Bilbao;
– the MESS Festival Prize: a funded performance in Sarajevo;
– three UK Touring prizes: a funded, paid tour of 18 venues across the UK and Spain in Autumn and Spring.

We cannot guarantee funding all travel costs to Birmingham, but we can advise you in finding funding.

Download Spaces at BE Specs
Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2015, 23:00.
To fill in your application form, please click on the following link.

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Site-specific Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 ARE NOW BEING REVIEWED – APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED IN FEBRUARY.

For the first time, in partnership with mac birmingham, we are opening a call for site-specific performances. If you have an existing site-specific piece or have an idea for creating one, we would love to hear about it.

The selected company will be provided with accommodation, per-diems, transport in Birmingham, a small fee, space for rehearsals and production support to create or to adapt the piece to the space in Birmingham.

If the piece is no longer than 30 minutes, it will be eligible for 3 main prizes at BE FESTIVAL awarded by a jury of high profile professionals:
– BE FESTIVAL prize: £1500 and a funded residency to develop your work and perform it at BE FESTIVAL the following year;
– ACT Festival prize: a funded performance in Bilbao;
– MESS Festival prize: a funded performance in Sarajevo.

Download Spaces at BE Specs
Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2015, 23:00.
To be considered please send a video of your piece or of previous work (as a link) and a completed application form including a brief budget of the project. To fill in your application form, please click on the following link.

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Visual Arts Programme

Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation


APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 WILL OPEN IN MAY 2016

The festival’s visual arts programme incorporates the work of UK-based and international artists based in Europe. With this purpose we open a bi-annual call for:

UK-based Visual Artists’ Exhibition: June 2017
We will programme work from three UK based visual artists. We will exhibit their work during the festival to international audiences. Their approach to the theme that we select in BE FESTIVAL 2016 will serve as a catalyst to one of the panel discussions at the festival, in which all three artists will take part.

Selected artists will be provided with accommodation, meals, transport to Birmingham and free access to all festival performances, workshops, feedback sessions and discussions. There is money available for material costs to be discussed as part of your proposal and a minimum fee of £500 for each of the three projects.

European Visual Artist Residency: June 2017 – residency and exhibition in 2018
We will invite an international visual artist to attend BE 2017 on a research residency, drawing inspiration from the festival in order to develop a new visual arts project, relating to a theme to be chosen in 2016 festival. The project will be created following the 2017 festival onwards, and presented at BE 2018.

We are open to new ideas and love to be surprised, and we would like to receive proposals from:
– Installation artists who want to create an installation that explores the space of The Birmingham REP and sourroundings (Centenary Square, Birmingham Library, etc), and that takes the public on a journey that questions the spatial and conceptual borders between audience and performance.
– Performance artists who want to develop a project/workshop with community participants, to be presented during the festival.
– Artists that present work that uses technology to reach further audiences.