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Upcoming Festival Open Calls

At long, long last, the Spring Edition of our quarterly festival newsletter has finally reached the length it was before the pandemic. Festivals are happening all around the world this Spring. We highlight here a few summer and fall festivals that are still calling for applications! Don’t miss your chance. These deadlines are approaching fast— the latest is April 15— so hurry up!

International Market of Contemporary Circus (MICC)  in Montréal is scheduled for July 11-14, 2022. The MICC offers professional visibility opportunities to contemporary circus artists and companies seeking to tour full-length performances in this discipline. The MICC provides these opportunities as part of its efforts to develop, sustain, and invigorate artistic creation and touring for contemporary circuses in North America and around the world.

Artists and companies working in the field of contemporary circus may submit their productions, both in the development phase and ready-to-tour, for consideration. Applications will be reviewed by a specialized jury, and selected projects will be invited to pitch to an audience of venue and festival programmers. These pitch sessions will take place at the MICC Annual Market in July 2022 in Montréal.

Learn more about the application deadline, requirements, and details here.

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This year FIRCO, the Ibero-American Circus Festival, celebrates its 5th Anniversary.  Since 2018, FIRCO has promoted contemporary circus and cultural exchange between 23 Ibero-American countries.  FIRCO is founded on the need to unify the different worlds of circus that exist in each Ibero-American country. The festival completes this mission throughout a weekend of intercultural exchange every year. They aim to situate circus in a position to receive creative acclaim, cement the circus arts as a critical part of Ibero-American culture, and foster young talents.

Right now, the festival has an open call for Ibero-American circus artists who want to participate in this year’s Ibero-American Circus Festival, happening from September 30 to October 2 at the Circo Price Theater in Madrid (Spain). If you would like to be considered, learn how and where you can apply here.

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Cannonball Festival in the US is also announcing the launch of their 2022 Artist Open Call!

Running from September 1-30, 2022, Cannonball Festival, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, will take place in Philadelphia. This artist-produced festival will feature a cost-sharing buy-in model, in which independent artists can pay a flat fee for production services, marketing, and space rental. The festival also offers opportunities for co-presentation, and at least three performance projects will be selected for the BIPOC New Work Presentation track, which offers additional marketing support and a $2,500 stipend for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. For more information and to apply, go to the open call listing

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