Secret Strangelove Open Call 2019
Strangelove Festival is a nomadic project spanning 180 miles and five weeks, a unique festival bridging the gap between time-based genres. From art videos, experimental film and conventional cinema; to sound and performance works, Strangelove Festival celebrates the diversity of time-based media, with a programme of exhibitions, screenings, commissioned works, talks and performances responding to the 2019 festival theme of Duration.

Strangelove Festival curators have coined an iconic feature, SECRET STRANGELOVE, which are ‘encounters’ that take place during the Festival, advertised as part of the festival programme. The Secret Strangelove audience is invited to the ‘encounter’ through a single sentence description only. The audience can only guess at what they might ‘encounter’ - what will happen remains a secret until they visit the location of the ‘encounter’ where all is revealed. The ‘encounter’ you propose can be defined within performance, poetry, sound and visual-art. SECRET STRANGELOVE highlights public spaces that are overlooked or ignored and celebrates the festival location of Folkestone, enhancing locations with ‘encounters’ that explore time-based arts.

Strangelove encourages you to apply to this open call with an ‘encounter’ ideally this will reflect the festival theme of Duration.
This ‘encounter’ can take place at a unique location in Folkestone eg. a park bench, a basement, shop, van or cafe etc.
Ideally applicants will suggest locations within the application, but curators will have options if needed.
Individuals who do not consider themselves to be artists are encouraged to apply to this open call.
Live work and audience participation is encouraged.

Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 2019
Fee: Each selected artist or group will be offered a nominal £50 fee to cover expenses.

Deadline for Open Call: Monday 28 January 2019
Notification to successful applicants: Monday 4 February 2019

Festival dates: Friday 23 February - Sunday 24 March 2019

Strangelove Time-based Media Festival 2019 is a season of screenings, exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks, stretching across 180 miles:

The Photographers Gallery, London (Saturday 23 February 2019)
Turner Contemporary, Margate (Saturday 2 March 2019)
Folkestone Venues, including Quarterhouse and Brewery Tap (Wednesday 20 March 2019- Sunday 24 March 2019)

Strangelove Festival 2019 is supported by Arts Council England, Kent County Council and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.

For any questions please contact our Curators: and
or for general enquiries please contact

Email address *
Name *
Phone number
A description of your idea (200 words approx) *
Please describe what the 'encounter' is, ideal location, length of work
Do you need to be present within your work? *
Is this is a live performance? Perhaps this is an installation?
If yes, please state your availability
Are you available to install your work?
please note, priority may be given to those who can
Tech specifications *
Does you encounter require an electricity point? What equipment will you be bring with you?
Is your encounter suitable for all ages?
If no, please specify
How did you hear about this opportunity? *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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