Spotlight: Avignon Off 2018 Call Out


Final call for companies to register interest for Spotlight UK Circus showcase Avignon [OFF] July 2018

The showcase aims to raise the profile of UK contemporary circus on the international scene, increase the capacity and ability of UK companies to promote themselves and tour internationally, and develop and support a new network of touring contemporary circus companies. Spotlight UK Circus is led by NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud and funded by the Arts Council England International Showcasing fund.

Through the whole of the Spotlight UK Circus programme up to 10 of the best UK based circus artists and companies will be offered the opportunity to present their work at three key international festivals: CIRCa festival du cirque actuel 20 – 29 October 2017; Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair 14 – 17 November 2017 and Festival OFF d’Avignon July 2018.

We are now inviting final expression of interest for tour ready work to be part of the UK Circus village site, led by NoFit State Circus, as part of the Festival OFF d’Avignon in 2018. 

To take full advantage of this opportunity companies/shows should be ready for international touring. 

Applicants should be aware that whilst Spotlight UK will underwrite most of the direct costs, the OFF festival is a fringe event and ultimate successes and final financial settlements will depend ticket sales. 

It is the aspiration of Spotlight UK Circus to mitigate all financial risk for the selected companies, but those with especially high infrastructure requirements and/or a large payroll may have to share some risk.

To submit your expression of interest complete the online form here:

Companies who have previously submitted an expression of interest will be considered for this call and need not reapply. 

New expressions of interest should be submitted by Friday the 7th of July 2017.

More information about the Spotlight UK Circus and the festival can be found here:

The selection process might require ongoing conversations however we anticipate being able to shortlist within a month of the submission deadline.