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Performance Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 ARE OPEN. DEADLINE: 15 DECEMBER 2016


Companies from across Europe can apply to perform at BE FESTIVAL (4-8 July 2017). 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 18 venues across the UK and Spain in Autumn and Spring.

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Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2016, 23:00.
To fill in your application form, please click on the following link.

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Site-specific Programme

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 ARE OPEN. DEADLINE: 15 DECEMBER 2016

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.

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Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2016, 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

EUROPE: drawing the line. Physical and imaginary borders.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 ARE NOW BEING REVIEWED – APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED IN NOVEMBER.

European borders are in flux. Physical and imagined barriers have emerged and a bleak future is perceived by many. In Europe and across the world, new borders dominate the 21st century landscape with societal and environmental division a growing problem.

Currently the EU countries are battling internally about how best to deal with the resettling of those in search of asylum and are failing to agree how to adequately meet the needs of refugees who are fleeing war and persecution. As hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to mobilise using whatever means they have, no matter how dangerous, some European countries are reacting to their perceived threat to their sovereignty by physically sealing their borders. Both physical and imagined walls are being built across the continent with the core values of the ‘Union’ fading.

The BE FESTIVAL visual arts programme gives UK and Europe-based visual artists the chance to create and exhibit new work at the festival. It is organised as a two-year cycle exploring a particular theme connected to some of the world’s most pertinent philosophical and political issues.

We believe that art practice must always question the world we live in. At the festival we facilitate a working arts laboratory that explores the conjunction of arts, politics and economics in an attempt to uncover and proffer innovative and experimental responses. The purpose of the programme is to allow artists from different cultures, backgrounds and practices, to work together and challenge each other. We see visual arts as an essential tool that can inspire alternative answers to socio-political challenges.

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:

1- UK-based Visual Artists’ Exhibition (5-9 July 2017)

In an attempt to explore the ‘borders’ between performing and visual arts, we will commission work from three UK-based visual artists whose proposals best embody the theme ‘EUROPE: drawing the line. Physical & imaginary borders.’

We welcome visual artists with a range of practices (digital, performance, video, installation, etc.). We will exhibit their work during the festival to international audiences. The three UK-based artists will also take part in a panel discussion during the festival, where they will have the chance to talk about their work.

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

The deadline for submissions is 19 September 2016. To be considered, please send a completed application form to art@befestival.org.

Download the application form here.

2- European Visual Artist Residency (5-9 July 2017– residency and exhibition in 2018)

Following the success of this initiative in previous years (2011-12 / 2013-14 / 2015-2016), we will invite an international visual artist (at least three years out of university) to undertake a two-year residency with the festival. The successful artist will come to BE 2017 to undertake research, drawing inspiration from the festival  in order to develop a new visual arts project relating to the theme of ‘EUROPE: drawing the line. Physical & imaginary borders’. The resident artist will then create new work, which will be shown in an exhibition at BE 2018.

The selected artist will work with BE Mix, BE FESTIVAL’s performance company. The visual artist will be part of the ensemble during the research week following BE 2017. Whilst the devising process will be inspired by the material collected during the residency (drawings, sounds recordings, videos and objects), likewise the visual arts project will be provoked and inspired by material generated through rehearsal.

During BE 2017, the successful artist will be provided with accommodation, meals, all travel costs and free access to all performances, workshops, feedback sessions and discussions.

At BE 2018 the artist will undertake a two-week residency in Birmingham prior to the festival (dates tbc). There is money available for material costs to be discussed as part of your proposal and a fee of £800 will be provided.

The deadline for submissions was 2 October 2016. To be considered, please send a completed application form to art@befestival.org.

Download the application form here.

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