Voila! Europe 2021

Willkommen, bienvenue, vítejte, hoşgeldiniz, mauya, сардэчна запрашаем, ยินดีต้อนรับ, Üdvözöljük…

We’re so excited to welcome you back to the festival - in English, German, French, Czech, Turkish, Shona, Belarusian, Thai, and Hungarian! (Incidentally, those are the languages you’ll encounter in this year’s performances, plus some shows with no spoken language at all.)

Voila continues, for all, as a gateway to unique cross-cultural encounters, and we love hearing so many different languages on stage. To paraphrase Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, “once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” you will be introduced to amazing new performances and ideas!

This year, you can enjoy the festival at the theatre in London, or online from home - wherever home may be. Our digital programme includes live watch parties of pre-recorded shows, discussions with the artists (in English), and live online performances where you can affect the action in real time.

Scallabouche’s GOING HOME features an ambitious three-camera set-up in their Budapest studio, and Francasixiə’s ARE YOU DONE? takes place online over several days, with pre-show activities including an interview with a robot.

We’re also proud to present an intimate audio-performance for two, YOU IN MY HOUSE, from the National Theatre in Prague, thanks to our new partnership with the Czech Centre, London.

It’s thrilling to see artists building on the recent advancements in virtual theatre, and creating opportunities to sit digitally shoulder to shoulder with audiences from all over the world. Imagine sharing a theatrical experience with people in Paris, Vienna, Minsk, Barcelona, Zurich, Milan, and Berlin… no passports required.

Of course, we still love the brick-and-mortar theatre, and we are delighted to return to The Cockpit’s auditorium in person! On stage, you’ll find performances rich with the variety of European Theatre, bringing together cabaret, bouffon, satire, poetry, physical theatre, live music, clown, and improvisation.

In our third collaboration with the Liszt Institute - Hungarian Cultural Centre London, Ladder Art Company are joining us from Budapest, to make magic before our very eyes with their playful circus-mime show AWAKENING.

As always, we haven’t set a theme for the festival, preferring to give independent artists a platform to express their most urgent ideas. This year, they’re challenging the status quo on belonging, race, courage, burnout, loneliness, memory, growing up, technology, dreams, family...

Now all we need is you.

à bientôt,
Sharlit Deyzac, Amy Clare Tasker, Jo Manavoupoulou & Dave Wybrow


We can’t wait to welcome you back to the auditorium at The Cockpit! Safety measures are in place, including a reduced number of people in the theatre, cleaning protocols, ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations. We request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building. The Cockpit has been “See It Safely” approved by Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre.

These live interactive shows make creative use of Zoom and other digital platforms, bringing together the performers and audience in real time online.

Join us on Zoom for a live watch party of the pre-recorded show, followed by a discussion with the artists and fellow audience members. Your ticket also gives you on-demand access to watch the show & recorded discussion, from 24 hours after the watch party until 1 December.