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2 Nov 2015

Open Call for Czech Directors / Choreographers - BE Festival Residency

BE FESTIVAL (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in June at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstage into a den of creativity and diversity. The BE Festival also runs numerous out-reach programmes.

With support from the Arts and Theatre Institute - Artists in Residence Programme and Czech Centre London, Be Festival is offering a two-week creative residency to a choreographer with Czech citizenship, living and working in the Czech Republic. Part of the BE Next project, the residency period is 10th- 22nd February 2016, following a possible week long extension in London.

The Project:

BE FESTIVAL are looking for a Czech artist to work in collaboration with another artist from the UK to lead a project with young people aged 14-19. You will work in partnership with the other artist and the young people to create a performance between 10th - 22nd February 2016.

The workshops and performance will take place at mac birmingham, one of the UK's premier arts centres.

Many of the young people speak English as a second language and some of them will have only lived in the UK for a few months. We work with various charities to recruit participants so some of them can have challenging behaviour and many of them are managing various issues in their lives such as seeking asylum, homelessness and being teenage mothers. 


- A two week residency in Birmingham and a week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight from Prague to Birmingham and a return train ticket from Birmingham to London , and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;

- A single bedroom and access to kitchen facilities provided by BE Festival

- Opportunities to engage in the performing arts scene in UK through structured and independent time and activities

- Opportunity to create a new piece of work in cooperation with a UK artist


- A Czech citizen, currently living and working in The Czech Republic;

- Seeking an opportunity to develop your practice and the concepts of your current practice

- Proficient in English

- In your application you will need to tell us about what experience you have of working with community participants, in particular young people aged 14-19. 

- Please tell us how you ensure there is a collaborative process with the participants so that their voice is heard.

- You also need to tell us what you feel you would gain from being part of this project.


Applicants are expected to submit:

- The completed application form in English and attachments

- Attachment 1: A CV detailing recent projects, performances, workshops and residencies

Attachment 2: At least 3 short videos of your previous project

- Attachment 3: Contact details of one referee

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to following email address:

Deadline for applications:  2 November 2015 18.00 GMT

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by October 23 2015.

BE FESTIVAL exists to bring the best emerging European theatre companies and visual artists to Birmingham and beyond. All of BE FESTIVAL’s year round activity has at its heart the desire to “cross borders” (cultural, social, linguistic, art form) and to nurture new talent.BE Festival C.I.C. is a Birmingham-based organisation which since 2010 has produced an annual international performing arts festival - ‘BE FESTIVAL’ - and, since 2011 an annual tour under the name ‘Best of BE’. The festival’s format is also unique. Each night four half hour performances from four different companies are served up around a communal dinner, which gets artists and audiences talking together. The variety within a single night at BE FESTIVAL is what makes it accessible and appealing to new attenders of international theatre. BE Next is an integral part of the organisation which enables young people from diverse communities least engaged with the arts to develop new skills and to create and perform their own work.


Arts and Theatre Institute - Artists in Residence Programme offers and coordinates residencies for artists working in the arts. The programme has run since 2004 and itis designed to promote international collaboration and communicationand most of all to provide artists with time and space to engage increative work and pursue inspiration without interruption. It provides Czech artists with the opportunity to travel abroad, while on the Czech side the Arts Institute in Prague attends to visiting artists accepted intothe programme, which includes providing them with local contacts.As an intermediary, the Arts Institute actively seeks partners at home and abroad through long-term contacts, holds competitions for arts residencies abroad, organises workshops for artists from abroad inthe Czech Republic, and provides services to the Czech and foreign artists selected to participate in the programme. Between 2004 and 2014 more than 200 creative residencies were organised in which 176 Czech and foreign artists took part.

The Czech Centre's mission is to actively promote the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture in the UK.Its programme covers visual and performing arts, film, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion. As well as hosting its own events, the Czech Centre offers support for other groups organising Czech related initiatives in the UK.
The centre also seeks to further enhance cultural relationships between the UK and the Czech Republic through curatorial visits, media tours and artistic residencies.The Czech Centre London opened in 1993. It is a non-political organisation supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a worldwide network of 21 Czech Centres operating in 19 countries and on three continents.

Deadline for applications: 2 November 2015, 18.00 GMT

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