For the 9th year in a row, the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival invites Cyprus-based and international artists from the performing arts and all forms of experimental performance work, 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. We welcome new works, works in progress and works that have been previously presented, in Cyprus or abroad.
- The Festival will take place on October 7-8-9, 2022.
- Open call for artists is open from the 14th of March 2022 and closes midnight on the 24th of April 2022.
- The Jury comprises of Cyprus-based and international curators, and results will be made public on the second week of May 2022.
BFPAF Theme – Pockets (beyond)
Buffer Fringe 2022 theme aims to initiate a discussion on who is visible/invisible and why. Pockets (beyond) become a space to start thinking about difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion. It transfers agency back to the marginal, the forgotten, the invisible.
Pocket in question is a pocket of resistance against the inhumanity of the new world order and a place where we keep things we need or love: pockets contain and hide things, yet they also keep them close to us. What pockets contain may also be traces and remnants of the past that stay alive in the stitches that keep the pocket together. In that sense, a pocket may look like a blind spot but blind spots resist the logic of the main frame and go beyond expected ways of seeing.
Beyond implies a disturbance of direction, a restless movement. Beyond promises the future and yet acknowledges a sense of disorientation brought by the precarity of our times.
In Buffer Fringe 2022, beyond becomes a pocket of curiosity and imagination and asks:
- Will there be a place for me to live and to create?
- Can a pocket become an alternative space to live and to create?
- What is beyond our blind spots?
- How can artists puncture dominant notions of culture, race, sexuality and environmental and human crises?
- How could everyday life and art intersect?
- What power do we have to ask these questions?