Spoffin LAB 2016 was granted to HURyCAN (FR/AR).

Cie Woest (NL) did also a Spoffin LAB in 2016.

Spoffin LAB is a residency project supporting young theatre artists who are in the process of finishing a new project created for public space (streets, squares, parks, etc.). The residency takes place in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, during the month of August.

Spoffin LAB: information for artists

The residency consists of:


  • free use of a residency space up to two weeks at the end of August;

  • free use of a guesthouse during the residency;

  • at least two performances during the Spoffin festival, including the premiere;

  • 100% of the money ‘from the hat’;

  • help of a few volunteers during the performances, depending on your needs;

  • assistance from the festival in finding the right site or venue for the performances;

  • publicity support;

  • possibility to showcase a short excerpt of the performance (4-8 minutes) during Spoffin Amuses, the official opening event of the festival (August 25);

  • possibility for a short presentation for our professional guests during the Spoffin PRO meeting (August 25-26);

  • all lunches and dinners during the festival.

What you need to know

It is important to understand that you will have to work very indepently. Spoffin cannot offer production facilities. You will have to cook, wash and clean during the residency and deliver both the residency space and the guesthouse afterwards in the same (or better) condition as when you entered. If something gets damaged or lost, you will have to replace it. Spoffin will not be able to support you with travel costs or any fees. Of course we will support you with an official invitation, which may help you to get additional funding for the project.

How to apply

You can apply for the Spoffin LAB by completing and submitting the application form you will find here when the call is open.

Deadline and procedure

The deadline for applying is January 31, 2018. Applications sent after this date will not be reviewed for the 2018 residency. All applications are confidential and will only be shared within the selection committee. We will not publish any details about the applications before we have finalised the agreement.

During the month of February, 2018 the committee will review all applications and select the project that we expect both the artists and the festival can profit the most of. Spoffin has a special focus on artists from Central and Eastern Europe. If you are from one of these regions this will be taken into consideration during the selection process.