Applications open for BE Festival 2013 (Birmingham, UK)

Companies from across Europe can apply to perform at BE FESTIVAL. 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 2013 will take place from 2-7 July in Birmingham. It’s 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, Leeds Carriageworks, 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, and will get free access to world-class workshops, feedback, discussions and opportunities for professional development.

A jury of theatre and dance professionals will award 5 main prizes at BE FESTIVAL 2013:

- one Development Prize: £1500 and a funded residency to develop your work and perform it at BE FESTIVAL 2014;
- the ACT Festival Prize: a funded performance in Bilbao;
- three UK Touring prizes: a funded, paid tour of 18 venues across the UK in Autumn 2013.

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

The deadline is 11 January 2013.

Find all the details online.