********* IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT- The next 20 people to fund this project will be included in the guest list to the private programme launch happening in March 15 at Lock 17 Camden, where they will be able to meet the artists and the team**************************
The Accidental Festival: A student led educational project bringing emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work for free at The Roundhouse; from 31 May to 3 June
For more information: www.accidentalfestival.co.uk
The Accidental Festival began in 2005 when students from the BATP: Performance Arts course at the Central School of Speech and Drama were given the task of creating a free platform for students to present their work. It was such a success, that those involved realised that they wanted to give other artists the same opportunity to showcase their talent around London!
Seven years later, the Accidental Festival has had an international impact, attracting applications from the USA, Spain, France, Slovakia, Estonia, and Africa among many others. The Festival has taken pride in giving new and emerging performers the chance to work alongside those already well-established in their fields. Special guests have included world renowned directors Katie Mitchell, Simon McBurney, Liz LeCompte, Richard Schechner, Anne Bogart and Julian Maynard-Smith. The project has grown each year, and has been hosted at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and The Roundhouse, we have showcased work by over 1,000 artists from the UK and overseas.
This year we have invited emerging and established artists from all landscapes and disciplines to join us at The Roundhouse, Camden, with the solid purpose to share experiences and knowledge.As well as working to support emerging artists, the Festival has a very active Community and Education Department, who provide an all-inclusive workshop programme. Through this, we bring theatre and arts to audiences who many not otherwise have the chance to experience them.
How is this possible? Well, the students from Performance Arts are a bunch of young artist and producers, and we are supported by our school to produce this whole experience! We are the 2012 Accidental Festival Team!
The Festival never stands still, each year a new group is in charge of producing, programming, promoting, managing, discussing and dreaming bigger...
It’s beautiful: emerging and established artists are performing next to each other; they meet and collaborate, share ideas, experiment... and at the same time young producers in training get to have the time of their lives doing what they love most, providing audiences with real, exciting art!
However, each year the uncertainty surrounding the support given to the arts grows a little more, and the Accidental Festival’s future has become a question mark for future years.
We don’t want this project to stop, and therefore we need your help to keep making it better, bigger, and more sustainable.
How do we do this? Well, thanks to you!
By participating in this campaign you will invest in the next generation of artists. The smallest donation will contribute to raising our festival’s profile, bringing more international artists, making art more accessible and reach out to new audiences. If the festival is successful this year, its survival is guaranteed!
Together we will ensure that this fantastic educational project keeps bringing resources and hope to those in the arts industry!
We love The Accidental Festival, come and make it happen with us!