BE FESTIVAL 2018 July 3rd – 7th Be Festival

How to apply

Performance Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 ARE OPEN.  DEADLINE: 11 DECEMBER 2017


Companies from across Europe can apply to perform at BE FESTIVAL (3-7 July 2018). 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 return travel, accommodation, meals, transport in Birmingham, a minimum fee of £100/performer to support the company adapting the piece to the festival’s format and will get free access to all of the performance programme, 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 supported performance and a residency in Bilbao;
– the MESS Festival Prize: a funded paid performance in Sarajevo;
– three UK Touring prizes: a funded, paid tour of 14 venues across the UK and Spain in Autumn and Spring.

Download Spaces at BE Specs
Deadline for submissions: 11 December 2017, 23:00.
To fill in your application form, please click on the following link.

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Site-specific Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 ARE OPEN.  DEADLINE: 11 DECEMBER 2017

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 return travel, accommodation, per-diems, transport in Birmingham, a minimum fee of £100/performer, 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 supported performance and a residency in Bilbao;
– MESS Festival prize: a funded paid performance in Sarajevo.

Download Spaces at BE Specs
Deadline for submissions: 11 December 2017, 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.