What are we looking for?

[UPDATE 20/07/2020: Festival Commissions and Micro-commissions are now CLOSED. Applications for the Libraries Commission will remain open until 31 July.]

For the Micro and Festival Commissions, the theme for DaDaFest’s 2020/21 Season is ‘Translations’ and we are encouraging artists to respond to this theme in whatever way they feel appropriate.

For the Libraries Commission we are asking artists to respond to the idea of a public lending library as a commons of ideas and connections.

We are looking for:

  • ambitious work that reflects these themes (in whatever way), challenges thinking and asks audiences to re-consider commonly held beliefs
  • work that engages as fully as possible with the digital medium rather than simply filming what would or could have happened live.

We encourage artists to consider:

  • ways that audiences can engage with the work pre, post and during presentation if appropriate.
  • work that is relevant to marginalised communities;
  • work that can be shared and promoted online by DaDaFest and by other promoters beyond this.

We are particularly keen to receive proposals from disabled artists who expect to be continuing to isolate after lockdown restrictions are eased.

Proposals must be original, and not from an artist’s existing work, unless it is truly relevant and timely to do so, such as a digital realisation or element of a pre-existing R&D. If the work replicates pre-existing copyrighted content (particularly music), it should do so creatively, and be flagged in the application.

We expect the work to be made adhering to relevant public health advice around social distancing and / or isolation depending on individual circumstances.

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