Voila! Europe 2022 Applications

connecting border-busting theatre to citizens of everywhere
at The Cockpit in London, UK & Online
3 - 13 November 2022

Calling artists and companies with a connection to Europe and something to say! Join us for our 10th anniversary festival!

We want to read your proposals for shows to take place live on stage at The Cockpit, our 200-seat venue in Marylebone, London. We want to see your performance videos, ready to be introduced to wider audiences at our online Watch Party events. We want to hear your ideas for new and innovative digital theatre.

Voila! Europe is a multilingual theatre festival produced by The Cockpit. Celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2022, our curated programme of cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary performance connects independent artists and adventurous audiences.

We believe that theatre can help us to imagine a better future in difficult times. The last two years have shown us the dedication and ingenuity of theatre makers, and the silver lining of digital performances reaching across borders. As long as there are European artists determined to share their work, the festival will be here, bringing together a community of the culturally curious.

Voila! Europe is a place for artists to create, to connect, and to celebrate collaboration. We support individuals and companies to make a daring leap: presenting a new piece of work, touring to a new audience, or translating a play into a new language. Our previous programmes have included cross-cultural mash-ups, adaptations, bilingual comedies, devised theatre, solo performance, puppetry, clowning, circus, dance, music, stand-up, family shows, and more.

We embrace an entrepreneurial fringe model in order to platform emergent theatre: contemporary artist-led work that responds to our world with a sense of urgency. We support and mentor theatre makers to take the next steps in self-producing their work, bypassing institutional gatekeepers. Voila creates a home for artists to speak in their own voice, in their own accent, and in their own language.

Please download and read the application pack.

New this year, we are using a two-step application process, in order to reduce the amount of unpaid time artists spend applying for the festival. The first step is a short list of questions to give us a basic idea of you and your project. This is due by 11:59pm on 11 April, 2022.

We will contact all applicants by 6 May 2022. If your step-one application is successful, we will invite you to submit the step-two application form by 20 May. In this step, we will ask for more detailed information about your show. Final programming decisions will be made in mid-June 2022.


If your question is not answered in the application pack, get in touch: hello [at] voilafestival [dot] co [dot] uk

Sign up here for a Q&A with Voila! Europe programmers Amy Clare Tasker & Jo Manavopoulou, on Thursday 24 March at 5:30pm UK time.

Pictured: Tatenda Matsvai, Rebeka Dio, Patrick Hemington & Joseph Browning in Transit at Voila! Europe 2021. Photo credit: Chris Lincé