Be part of Didsbury Arts Festival 2021

We’re launching our #DAF2021 festival OPEN CALL, where we seek out performance and exhibition events submitted made by the public to become part of our official festival line-up. Selected from the online entries, DAF encourage individuals, groups and organisations to apply whether amateur enthusiasts or professionals. Our festival aims to reflect the diversity of residents from the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond, showcasing emerging talent alongside established names.

Event will need to link to our festival theme;

VOICES - In the age of the selfie, Insta, Popularist Politics, social distancing, isolation, Black Lives Matter injustices, Fake News, Fakebook, Big Data gathering - artists ask who is not being heard, why and do we recognise ourselves in the voices being heard?

To help you there is an example of how to complete the form at the end of this page.

Please note: the deadline for submissions is Friday February 19th 2021

 

Section 1: Contact Details

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Section 2: Submission Category

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Section 3: CALL OUT overview

This is your opportunity to give us the detail to help us understand your proposal fully - if you have links to examples of your work, please include (three links maximum).

Your proposal: Provide us with a short paragraph using the below headings;

  • What art you want to present – what is it and what will audiences experience?
  • If it is visual art (painting, drawing or sculpture) what size is it, how will it be prepared e.g. plinth-mounted or framed by you?
  • If it is a performance, how many performers and how long is the event?
  • Is it aimed at a specific audience or does it have ‘adult only’ content?
  • Do you have any technical requirements that you providing?
  • Could your event be live-streamed if required?
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Location: What size of space would you prefer and is it for an exhibition or performance? Indoors or outdoors? Please bear in mind we may still be required to adhere to social distancing measures for artists and audiences.

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Your availability: We need to plan events around each other. Please indicate which dates, times and frequency you are available for

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Please help us to gain an insight as to who we are working with. This will not be part of our selection criteria but helps us to see whom we are reaching:

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Thank you for your submission and your time, and good luck!

To help you here is a fictional example of a CALL OUT proposal;

 

Your proposal: Provide us with a short paragraph using the below headings;

  • What art you want to present – what is it, title, and what will audiences experience? Have you performed before and do you have any links to your work?

Our show is entitled  ‘Desk time’ and explores how excluded from school children grow up from the classroom and into adulthood. A modern tale of tragedy loosely based on real life stories gathered from our extended circle of friends.

We are two poet/writers performing a sketch together. One of us is a 2009 graduate from the University of Salford drama course, and the other a self-made talent. Our website link shows some of the productions we have been involved in.
We first performed this show in 2019 as part of a new talent showcase at Islington Mill Studios in Salford. We had a good audience response and have been asked to perform again as part of “Mcr Writes Festival’. 
Here are some short videos taken on our mobile phone of the event and my website; www.desktime.org..... wwwartistwebsite.org….

  • If it is visual art (painting, drawing or sculpture) what size is it, how will it be prepared eg plinth-mounted or framed by you?
    Not applicable
  • If it is a performance, how many performers and how long is the event?
    Approximately a 30 minute performance, with a 2 minute break in the middle for a quick costume change. We will need somewhere to do that costume change.
  • Is it aimed at a specific audience or does it have ‘adult only’ content?
    There is some swearing in the performance – limited. It is used in the context of a young adult being frustrated as they become isolated by friends and authority.
  • Do you have any technical requirements that you providing?
    We will be providing two chairs and a small desk on stage as part of our act. We will bring these with us on the day together with our costumes.
    We need two microphones and basic stage lights if possible.
  • Could your event be live-streamed if required?
    Yes we’d be interested in this if DAF can provide this.