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Opportunities: The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International Call for Proposals

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and the Migros Culture Percentage are looking for artistic projects that are dealing with RETOX..

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International 2012 is telling you to wake up and invites everyone to RETOX.

The term RETOX – or retoxification – is used when a person resumes the consumption of addictive substances after undergoing detoxification. In a society where ‘feel good’ is compelling, relaxation has become imbedded in the capitalist system, green tea is promoted rather than water, and the vast choice of wellness activities creates stress, it is time to RETOX. To form, construct, provoke or create new projects, in an improved state. To restore, refresh, revitalize. To renew or relocate the urban, social or economical context and to regenerate the debate about art, culture, politics and ecology.

The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and the Migros Culture Percentage are looking for projects that question, propose or provoke RETOX, in the form of experimental and stimulating interventions, performances, installa- tions or actions: RETOX for the city and its inhabitants, for art and society.

The call is open to artists and practitioners from other fields, to Fribourg residents and people from other places, to individuals or groups.

Selected proposals will be realised as a part of the Belluard Festival 2012.

The projects can take place in one of the festival venues, in the public space or in another location in Fribourg.

Projects will be selected by a jury of arts practitioners and experts from other fields.

Selected proposals will be further developed during a residency in Fribourg, in collaboration with specialists from different fields.


  • Each project is to be presented on maximum three A4-format pages (including drawings, photo’s, plans, etc), along with one A4 page with a budget proposal and personal details (name, postal and email address, telephone number).
  • Applications must be written in English, German or French. (German and French applications should include an English summary of 1000 characters).
  • Projects must be sent by October 17th 2011 to Belluard Bollwerk International, Contest 2012, PO Box 214, 1701 Fribourg, Switzerland (postal stamp is proof) or to, with as subject ‘CONTEST 2012’. (12 pm Swiss time at the latest).
  • The results will be announced by mid December 2011.
  • The jury reserves the right not to comment on its decision.
  • The material sent will not be returned.
  • For each selected project there will be a minimum artistic budget of 2’500 CHF plus a production budget for the realization of the project and presentation during the Belluard Festival 2012.

Participants have to be available for

  • Mentoring in Fribourg by a group of specialists in February 2012 (exact dates tbc).
  • A production period in Fribourg in June 2012.
  • The presentation of the project during the Belluard Festival 2012, between June 21st and July 7th 2012 (exact dates tbc).

Belluard Bollwerk International is a arts festival that, since 1983, takes place every year during ten days and announces the summer in the city of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Belluard Bollwerk International takes a special position in the Swiss and European festival landscape through its qualitative, pointed program, its scale, unique location and inviting, convivial atmosphere.

Belluard Bollwerk International presents projects from the fields of theatre, dance, performance, music, visual arts, video, music en related art forms – in conventional or unexpected places, inside or in the public space. The festival offers discussions on a high level, and encourages reflection and cross thinking.

Belluard Bollwerk International is a multilingual festival, in a city on the crossroads of the German and French speaking part of Switzerland. It brings together artists from inland and abroad. It confronts local with international art practices and puts Fribourg in the centre of a global art context.

Belluard Bollwerk International is on the one hand a festival where both emerging and established artists can present work. On the other hand the festival has a yearly thematic contest and it is a producer of projects on the cutting edge of classic disciplines. It is a place where cook meets architect, spectator meets choreographer or orchestra meets theater group to walk unexpected paths “Today here the artists are invited, for who the festival lions will tear each other apart tomorrow”. (newspaper Basler Zeitung – July 2008). A reputation to be kept up.

Belluard Bollwerk International is a meeting point. From the old Belluard fortress to the new art centre Ancienne Gare or the public space: the festival takes over the city and changes it into a pulsating landscape. Here inhabitants meet visitors, professionals meet amateurs. Here one eats, drinks and discusses good.

Belluard Bollwerk International beat two records in the summer of 2008. The festival had for the first time more than 3000 paying visitors. And it could counts on a huge media scope, with nearly only positive feedback in both the regional and the national press, from the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in the west to Le Temps in the east.

Belluard Bollwerk International is made possible thanks to structural subsidies from Coriolis, the Canton of Fribourg and the Loterie Romande on the one hand, and support from private foundations and sponsors on the other hand.

Belluard Bollwerk International is unusual, versatile, courageous and colourful. Or as the newspaper Freiburger Nachrichten titled: “Belluard is when its director programmes her hairdresser into the festival.” Fri-CUT is the mobile hair salon where peroxide-tinted after-show-discussions happen at this festival.

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