VOILA! Europe 2021 Festival Application
Calling artists and companies with a connection to Europe and something to say! We want to hear about your shows.
Voila! Europe is a border-busting theatre festival produced by The Cockpit. Now in its 9th year, our curated programme of cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary performance connects independent artists and adventurous audiences.
Following the success of our entirely online Voila! festival in 2020, we are planning a hybrid festival in 2021 with performances on stage at The Cockpit in London and online everywhere. Last year showed us the resilience and ingenuity of theatre makers, and the silver lining of digital performances: reaching international audiences from Birmingham to Bordeaux to Berlin to Budapest to Bogota.
We want to hear your ideas for live online performances, pre-recorded shows with live watch party events, out-of-the-box proposals for digital work, AND live-on-stage theatre to be performed at The Cockpit, our 200-seat thrust or in-the-round venue in Marylebone, London. There are also opportunities to share short works-in-progress in The Cockpit’s Theatre in the Pound online scratch nights in July and November.
The Voila! Festival is a place for artists to create, to connect, and to celebrate collaboration. We support individuals and companies to make a daring leap: presenting a new piece of work, touring to a new audience, or translating a play into a new language. Our previous programmes have included cross-cultural mash-ups, adaptations, bilingual comedies, devised theatre, solo performance, puppetry, clowning, circus, dance, music, stand-up, family shows, and more.
Voila! embraces an entrepreneurial fringe model in order to platform emergent theatre: contemporary artist-led work that responds to our world with a sense of urgency. We support and mentor theatre makers to take the next steps in self-producing their work, bypassing institutional gatekeepers. Voila creates a home for artists to speak in their own voice, in their own accent, and in their own language.
Applications to the festival will be accepted until 11:59PM on 28 April 2021 (UK time).
Please read the FAQs and venue details before applying:
We recommend preparing your answers in a separate document; you will NOT be able to save your work and return to the form later. Download the application questions at
Once you submit the form, you will receive an email from Google with a copy of your answers. You will not receive additional confirmation from the festival. We will respond to all applicants in June 2021.
Title of the Show
Company Name (if applicable)
Full Postal Address (please include country)
Other Social Media Links
Links to Video of Your Work
Please do not email us additional documents, dossiers, technical riders etc. Instead, please link to where these documents are stored, for example on Google Drive or Dropbox.
Can we see your work on stage or online between now and the 1st of June?
Please let us know if you have performances coming up that can help us get a better sense of your work. These could be performances of the show you're applying with, or another project. We'll do our best to come along and get to know you. Please also email us directly with the dates & details:
What type of performance are you proposing?
Please read the FAQs for more information about these categories
Live on stage at The Cockpit + On Demand
Live online interactive
On Demand + Watch Party
short scratch piece for Theatre in the Pound online
Are there any dates when you are NOT available to perform during the festival period?
This year's festival runs 15 - 21 November 2021
Do you agree to follow the Festival Spirit Guidelines?
Please read the document available at
How do you want to submit your application?
We want to make it as easy as possible for artists to connect with us. You can choose to fill in the application form in writing, or make a video or audio recording (no longer than 15 minutes) answering the same questions.
I would like to continue filling in this form.
I would like to submit a video or audio application.
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