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BE FESTIVAL 2014 – Calling performers from across Europe… Applications are opened until 17 January 2014

Call for proposals Deadline 17th of January


8-12 July

Birmingham, UK

The UK’s home for international performance

‘There is plenty to savour at the boundary-smashing BE FESTIVAL.’The Guardian
‘An ambitious and friendly event… an intimate, generous and passionate atmosphere.’Total Theatre Magazine

‘a fantastic way to support emerging artists and showcase delicate work’ ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

Watch a 5 minute highlights video from BE FESTIVAL 2011

Watch the trailer for our 2013 Best of BE FESTIVAL UK/Spain tour

Deadline for applications: 17 January 2013

More information and to download an application form

Every summer, BE FESTIVAL brings together the most daring and original theatre from across Europe. The festival’s mission is to cross borders, so we look for work that can inspire people of all nationalities, and which crosses borders between artistic disciplines.

– Performances at the festival can be no longer than 30 minutes, so you may need to shorten your piece.

– We programme finished pieces and work that is still in development.

The festival is a powerful showcase opportunity. Performances are watched by national and international programmers, and BE shows have since been programmed at London International Mime Festival, The Barbican, South Bank Centre, The Lowry, Leeds Carriageworks, Bilbao ACT Festival, Rome Short Theatre Festival, Teatro Espagnol and Sarajevo MESS Festival to name a few.

The festival is also an opportunity to explore ideas and build new collaborations with performers from across Europe.

Companies will be provided with accommodation, meals, transport in Birmingham, and will get access to world-class workshops, feedback, discussions and opportunities for professional development.

5 main prizes will be awarded at BE FESTIVAL 2013:

– one Development Prize: £1500 and a funded residency to develop your work and perform it at BE FESTIVAL 2015;
– the ACT Festival Prize: a funded performance in Bilbao and a residency to develop a new piece;
– three UK Touring prizes: a funded, paid tour of 20 venues across the UK and Spain in November 2014.

We do not pay a fee or fund all travel costs to Birmingham, but we can advise you in finding funding.

The deadline is 17 January 2013 and to be considered, please send a video of your work in rehearsal or performance (as a link) and a fully-completed application form.

Please forward this on to any people you think may be interested.

Many thanks and we wish you the very best for 2014,

the BE FESTIVAL team

Follow us: @befestival

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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