About Lagos Theatre Festival
The British Council has been working with cutting-edge British theatre in Lagos for over four years. In 2013 the Lagos Theatre Festival was set up, which was an ambitious showcase of site specific theatre by both Nigerian and British artists. The 2014 edition of the festival took place at Freedom Park and saw four productions inspired by Lagos take place over three days.
Lagos Theatre Festival will return from the 23–28 February 2016 and will be bigger and better than ever as part of UK/Nigeria 2015–16. The festival will take place at several venues on Lagos Island and the Mainland with a curated programme running alongside a fringe strand, allowing a greater than ever number of artists and audiences to take part.
Benefits of applying
We are currently seeking 20 theatre companies or performing artists from Lagos and beyond to participate in the fringe strand of the 2016 festival. The productions presented in the fringe will be independent productions but will be promoted and marketed as part of the main festival.
Performing artists and companies can present small theatre, children’s theatre, dance, film, spoken word, comedy, puppetry, cabaret, music and interdisciplinary arts that range in size and complexity.
Selected companies and artists will receive:
• Development workshops for cast and crew involved in the production for the festival. The workshops include: Production management, Stage Management, Front of House and Sound management. The workshops will run from 17–19 September 2015 and 14–17 October 2015.
• Possible allocation of a performance venue in negotiated fringe venues during the festival. These are limited and so will be highly competitive.
• Marketing support to promote the production and drive audiences to attend the shows.
• Listing in the official festival programme which will be promoted locally and internationally.
• An opportunity to be seen by theatre producers and promoters from across the UK and globally.
How to apply
• Please email us a 600 word statement telling us about the fringe event you are proposing for the festival. This application should include how you propose to fund the production.
• The statement should include your name, phone number and email address. It should be sent as a word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Lagos Theatre Festival 2016 Fringe Application’.
• The deadline is midnight on 27 August.
• Only successful candidates will be contacted. A panel comprising of the festival team and the British Council will make a selection of the proposals.
• All works to be performed must be owned by the artist/company or performed with the express permission of the copyright owner.
• Artists or companies presenting in the fringe festival may choose to present their work at a venue of their choice subject to health and safety checks / risk assessment by the Lagos Theatre Festival production team.
• Upon selection as part of the Fringe, the Lagos Theatre Festival team reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates the fringe guidelines.
• A panel will make a selection of the proposals. We will respond to all candidates by 20 September 2016.
For more information, tweet at us @ngBritishArts or send us a Facebook message at www.facebook.com/britishcouncilnigeriaarts
THE DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT ON 27 AUGUST 2015
The Lagos Theatre Festival team reserves the right to reject any application.