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Leeds International Festival Open Call

12 August 2019

Leeds International Festival is a festival of new ideas and innovation, made up of a CORE and OFF programme.

DATES OF THE FESTIVAL
30th April – 9th May 2020

2020 FESTIVAL THEME: Generation Future
Generation Future is the theme for L20. It encourages applications that explore and question what the term Generation Future means to you. How will the world of tomorrow differ from that of today? Will we shape that future, or will we let it shape us? How do we ensure that there is a future to shape at all?

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2020
Leeds International Festival 2020 are opening up the CORE and OFF programme to an open call. If you have an idea and you’d like to be a part of L20, they’d love to hear from you.

Proposals are encouraged from all, whether comedian, speaker, musician, performer, early in your career or an established creator or organisation, working in performance art, film, dance, theatre, comedy, sound etc. They want to showcase local, national and international talent.

Leeds International Festival encourages proposals from international applicants, as well as those which embody the diversity of Leeds and the people who live and work here, including ethnicity, age, ability, gender and sexuality. It commends submissions where thought has been given to accessibility and engaging with new audiences. And it encourages submissions from those currently underrepresented in the arts and cultural sector, particularly disabled and BAME artists.

Deadline for applications:
The deadline for applications via the Open Call is 5pm on Friday 6th September. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the 30th of September.
If successful, applicants must be available to undertake the commission between October 2019 – May 2020.

SUMMARY OF DATES
– Deadline for proposals: 5pm on 6th September 2019
– Shortlisted applicants notified: 30th September 2019
– 2020 successful applicants meet & greet event*: 17th October 2019**
– All event venues confirmed: 2nd December 2019
*successful applicants will be invited to an event with the L20 Festival Team where you will have the opportunity to meet other successful applicants who are part of the 2020 festival and find out more about the festival and our expectations of working together
** provisional date – subject to change

FUNDING
For Leeds International Festival 2020, Open Call applicants will all be eligible to apply for funding for their proposed event.
For the OFF programme, they will consider events that may need as little as £1,000 up to £15,000.
For the CORE programme, they will consider events that require budgets from £15,000 up to £50,000.

Please note that a high number of applications is expected for this year’s Open Call so applicants are encouraged to consider what they anticipate their event will cost and provide a clear outline of how they will use the funding should they be successful. The above provides guidance on the Festival’s funding for events submitted via the Open Call; however, it is open to being flexible should there be additional requirements to support the delivery of an outstanding event.

Applicants are welcome to apply / bring additional funding from other sources to support their proposal.

All projects will receive the same level of non-financial support, for instance through festival marketing.

For more information and to apply: https://leedsinternationalfestival.com/open-call/.