Spoffin OFF 2017: MAN || CO. Photo: Bart Grietens.
Spoffin OFF 2017: monumentalise
Spoffin OFF is the showcase part of the Spoffin Festival in Amersfoort (the Netherlands), an annual street arts festival with more than 30 performing acts from all over Europe.
In 2017 Spoffin takes place from Friday evening, August 25th through Sunday afternoon, August 27th. On Thursday evening, August 24 there is the opening event Spoffin Amuses, where 10-15 artists present a short excerpt of their performance.
Spoffin Festival consists of five programme sections:
Both the Spoffin IN and OFF performances are programmed on squares, streets, parks and some specific sites in the mediaeval city centre of Amersfoort. The festival facilitates interaction and possibility for meetings amongst performers and professionals both informal and organised.
Spoffin OFF artists have been booked during or after the festival by numerous festivals throughout Europe.
You can apply to participate in the Spoffin OFF programme 2018 from January until February 28. A committee consisting of four festival programmers under supervision of artistic director Alfred Konijnenbelt will thoroughly study all the applications and make the selection. Final decisions will be made in March or April 2018 and are formalized in a contract.
Spoffin will do its outmost to organise an exceptionally good OFF programme, as a consequence the quality level of the selection is high. Please note that only a limited number (15-20) of artists/groups can participate in the Spoffin OFF program, due to limitations in space, time, production capacity and budget. The first selection will be mainly based upon artistical criteria: originality, expressiveness, professionalism and whether the work interacts with public space and the audience. Furthermore we have a strong preference for productions that are plug-and-play (self-supporting), can easily travel and use little or no text. Practical criteria like group size and travel costs can further influence the final selection.