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Culture Ireland invites proposals from theatre and dance artists and performing arts organisations to pitch to international delegates at the Information Toolbox (as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival) and the International Theatre eXchange (as part of Dublin Theatre Festival) in September/October 2022.
In recent years, Culture Ireland, partnering with Irish Theatre Institute, has organised these pitching sessions which have proven to be important opportunities for Irish artists and organisations to engage with international presenters and programmers and develop touring opportunities.
Successful applicants will be offered a short platform (c. 8 – 10 minutes) to pitch their projects to national and international delegates.
Information Toolbox will take place on Friday 16th September 2022 and International Theatre eXchange will take place on Friday 7th October 2022.
For this edition, pitches will be presented in person to international delegates and it is also envisaged that these may be recorded for future digital dissemination.
Please note that for 2022, one call for applications will be made for both events.
The objectives of the pitching sessions are:
• To provide a platform for Irish artists/producers to present and promote their work to international presenters.
• To create opportunities for Irish artists to build international touring networks for their work.
• To introduce international programmers to Irish artists and companies.
• Complete the application form available here
• Include an outline of new work or work in development as part of their application (include 500 words description of work in development, for work ready to tour include fees and technical requirements).
• Provide evidence of artistic track record (examples of past work), and positive independent critical recognition for the artist/company must be provided (eg Press reviews, features or a letter of support).
• Confirm a commitment to attend two pitching preparatory sessions in advance of the event with international presenters.
Applications must meet the following criteria:
• The proposed work being pitched must be a professional production which has been presented or is in development.
• Evidence of positive independent critical recognition must be available. (eg Press reviews, features or a letter of support).
Applications will be assessed based on the following:
• Completeness and quality of application.
• The capacity of the artist/company to avail of international opportunities.
• The appropriateness of the proposal given current programming trends in key international festivals and venues and likely international attendees at the event.
Work presented as part of previous programmes of either the Dublin Fringe Festival or Dublin Theatre Festival or previous Culture Ireland Pitching Sessions or work which has had a high profile presentation outside of Ireland will not be eligible for consideration.
Selection will be made jointly by Irish Theatre Institute, Culture Ireland and representatives from Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.
Applications should be submitted here by 5pm on Wednesday 17th August 2022
IMPORTANT: Artists/Companies whose work will be featured in the 2022 programmes of either Dublin Fringe Festival or Dublin Theatre Festival are ineligible to apply.
This is the only pitching call for 2022, replacing the two pitching calls (Things We Haven’t Made Yet & The Pitching Initiative) in previous years.