Expressions of Interest may have closed for Anywhere Festival Brisbane and Anywhere Festival Mackay, but you still have until 23 January 2015 to get your show expression of interest in for Anywhere Festival Parramatta.
Anywhere Festival Parramatta is a festival of performance anywhere but a theatre running 8-17 May 2015 with music, cabaret, dance, drama, poetry, comedy and much more in the nooks and crannies of Parramatta.
To express interest, all you need is your show idea. You do not need to have a venue confirmed, however, it is recommended that you have a good idea on the type of location you would like to use or even a specific location so that Anywhere can broker a relationship.
Anywhere has been a vital stepping stone for many independent artists. Scott Wings has presented at two Anywhere Festivals and for Scott, Anywhere was vital to the development of his work and talents as an artist.
“Anywhere Theatre Festival gives me the opportunity to explore my work in a high quality, supportive and extremely creative environment that is unique to performance art in Australia.”, said Scott.
“You can perform on the river. Or a mountain. In a shed. A car park. Do you realise how great it is to remove those comfort zones of stage and lighting? The traditional audience/entertainer relationships? It hones your work. Once you’ve performed on a riverbank in the dark, man, a theatre space seems easy…”
Heid Manche, director of A Bald Prima Donna, feels similar: “We did a risky play in a risky location – absurd theatre in a substation. It worked! We gained confidence and moved forward in to the next festival, The Melbourne Fringe. Anywhere Festival was like a fluffy, broad diving board from which to take a leap of faith.”
“The thing the blows me away is that more local producers and performers are doing Anywhere not just to develop work, but as a way to raise money to go to other festivals.” said Anywhere cofounder Paul Osuch.
“Where other fringe festivals expect the performers to take the artistic and the financial risk, we provide a globally unique framework so artists can take artistic risks without the financial risks associated with fringe festival and independent producing.”
Davina Wright, director of productions in Anywhere Festival Brisbane and now Frankston sums up why Anywhere is so fantastic for performers:
“We don’t need theatres. Everything is possible when you leave the theatre. We have access to things we’d never otherwise be able to create inside a theatre. Plus, we’re all poor artists and theatres tend to cost money. And we kinda’ need all the money we have for rent.”
Anywhere Festival Parramatta is proudly hosted by Parramatta City Council. Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.