14 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 2019
Fest West is Wiltshire Creative’s annual celebration of contemporary live performance made in the South West, in partnership with Pound Arts and Town Hall Arts. 2018’s Fest West saw performances from fantastic companies from all corners of the South West including Theatre Ad Infinitum, Platform 4, bgroup and Publick Transport which took place across Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Town Hall Arts (Trowbridge) and The Pound (Corsham). We kicked off the festival with South West Theatre Symposium, where artists and industry professionals from across the region came together to have meaningful conversations about practical ways to drive change in the sector. To catch up on those conversations click here.
The focus of the 2019 festival will be pan arts, and we’re really keen to hear from artists working in all disciplines of live performance including theatre/music/dance/spoken word/circus/inter-disciplinary performance/ work in non-theatre spaces.
CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR FEST WEST 2019
There are loads of opportunities for South West* artists to take part in the festival, whether you have a small-scale touring show, are making work in non-theatre spaces, or are looking for a space to develop a new idea. The festival will take place across Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre, Town Hall Arts, The Pound and Rural Arts Wiltshire Venues from 14 February to 2 March 2019.
We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to apply – either just emailing us a tour pack or sending a very brief proposal (see below). If you have any questions about this process or would prefer an alternative way of letting us know about your work – e.g. a short selfie video, then please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*South West as defined by Arts Council England (Bath and NE Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall , Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isle of Scilly, Isle of Wight, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire)
SMALL SCALE TOURING WORK:
Fest West is on the lookout for small-scale professional productions that are available from 14 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 2019 to be part of next year’s festival, and would love to hear from artists who are based in the South West.
The focus of the 2019 festival will be pan arts, and we’re really keen to hear from artists working in all disciplines of live performance including theatre/music/dance/spoken word/circus/inter-disciplinary performance/ work in non-theatre spaces
Please email a tour pack, saved as‘COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLE’to email@example.com by 11 July at 9am
Please include all information WITHIN the attached document. Any information sent in the body of emails will not be considered. If you do not have a tour pack, please email us a document with the below information included under the relevant headlines.
It is really helpful if your tour pack/document includes the following information:
- Company contact information (email address and phone number)
- Description of the show
- Show images/ marketing images
- Marketing copy
- Technical information
- Cost of the show or required financial deal
- Any useful supporting links
- Availability for the festival period
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS WORKING IN NON-THEATRE SPACES:
We are also interested to hear from South West companies with proposals for site-specific projects, or projects taking place in non-theatre spaces.
Please send abrief overview of the project (no more than 250 words), cost of show or required financial deal and any known technical information to by 9am on 11 July 2018 saved as ‘SITE’ COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLE. Please send your proposal in a separate document attached to the email. Any information in the body of the email will not be considered.
R&D SPACE OPPORTUNITIES:
We are also able to offer R&D space across partner venues (across Wiltshire), for South West companies who will be developing new shows next February. If you have a preference for a particular venue because of location/ travel requirements please let us know.
If you are interested in developing a piece as part of the festival then please send a brief overview of your planned activity including:
- brief outline of project idea (no more than 200 words)
- preferred dates for R&D over the festival period
- what kind of space you are looking for and if you need any additional support (e.g technical)
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on 11 July 2018saved as ‘R&D’’ COMPANY NAME_SHOW TITLE.Please send your proposal in a separate document attached to the email. Any information in the body of the email will not be considered.
A panel of programmers and artists from Wiltshire Creative, Pound Arts and Town Hall Arts will read all proposals in detail and will be in touch by the end of August with all applicants. Please note we are unable to give feedback to unsuccessful submissions.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IN ALL CATEGORIES IS 11 JULY AT 9AM