Open Call or Artists
Application Deadline: May 31st, 2020
Festival period: end of November – early December 2020 (dates TBC)
Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival (BFPAF) showcases new and experimental work by local and international artists, challenges physical and artistic barriers, and creates opportunities for artists to meet and exchange ideas. It creates the environment for the questioning of preconceived ideas of the performing arts, the relationship between artists and audience, and shines a new light on the relationship between arts and society. The festival hosts innovative work, artists who practice cutting-edge methodologies, and are open to inter-disciplinary and cross-sectorial work.
The Festival’s programming aims to offer both local and international artists a platform to showcase their work and offers the opportunity for interaction between artists, between artists and audiences, of audiences and space, as well as with the BFPAF institution, in a celebratory spirit of multiculturalism and peaceful coexistence. Taking place in a divided country, Buffer Fringe Festival assumes more responsibilities than an arts festival taking place elsewhere. It is one of a kind in Cyprus and globally.
BFPAF Theme “Displacement: people, ideas and artistic practice”
The Festival is a creative meeting between local and international artists, interdisciplinary artists, students, and scholars. Last year marked the creation of the first immersive space in the buffer zone, with the theme and methodology becoming blended into one to produce an artistic result.
This year has proved a great challenge for the artistic community, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. As a Festival, we stand in solidarity with the arts community, and have decided to keep the theme of the festival, but to re-shape the structure of the festival to be more flexible, aligning with the times.
But first, let us introduce you to our 2020-21 festival theme:
The Concept of the BFPAF 2020 is based on the idea of materializing the displacement of people, ideas and practices, based on (but not limited to) the following questions. These are not meant to limit your ideas or freedom to approach the theme, however you chose:
What does ‘displacement’ mean to you (artistically and personally)?
How do you perceive the relationship between migration, mobility, and displacement, and how can we differentiate between them?
How do you understand ‘mobility’ as an experience of people, ideas and practices, in your own reality or that of others?
How do you understand displacement as a process, an ever-changing process that spans through time, memory, and aesthetics? Does this relate with nostalgia, and how?
How is displacement manifested as a day-to-day practice? What does it mean during the COVID-19 crisis, in social/physical isolation and confinement conditions?
In a process that we started in 2019, we ask that the idea of displacement is blended with the methodology of the festival, offering performance spaces in three cities, Nicosia, Famagusta and Limassol, as well as the possibility for project development through the unified 2020-21 planning of the Festival.
SO what we need from your proposal:
Propose work relating to the theme of the Festival, that is inherently process-based and collaborative. This means:
We will be hosting a performance of your work that you are comfortable to share with the public, either online or (preferably) offline at one of the festival stages, during the festival.
Your work must adhere to the values of artistic freedom and mutual respect, and strive for artistic excellence and the production of meaningful art, while at the same time recognizing the space as one of past trauma, but which also holds promise for a peaceful future.
All forms of experimental performance work are accepted, which can contain (but are not limited to) theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, installation/visual art and other cross-disciplinary elements. Moreover, we welcome proposals for participatory, durational, and/or site-specific formats. For performances in languages other than English, the text must be provided in translation in English by the artists.
Finally, and as part of a process of development of the Fringe community on the island, artists will have the opportunity to engage with the BFPAF creative staff in a process of consultation, with the Artistic Director and the two Creative Directors.
Work will be selected by an artistic committee, headed by Artistic Director Ellada Evangelou, and comprised of representatives from the Home for Cooperation, artists, curators and professionals from within the field of the performing arts.
Support for participating artists:
Parameters / Requirements:
ALL application material must be submitted ONLY in English, and must contain:
Filled out Application Form in the online link HERE
The form Includes:
Language: If languages other than English or Greek or Turkish are used, the documentation must be subtitled OR accompanied by a full script in English
For further inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +357.22445740/ +90. 5488345740