Mimbre (Spoffin OFF 2019).

DÍRTZtheatre (Spoffin OFF 2019) - photo: Egbert van Driel

Victorine Pasman (Spoffin OFF 2019)

El Goma (Spoffin OFF 2019)

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, with a special focus on innovations from the northern, central and eastern regions. In 2021 Spoffin takes place from Friday evening, August 27 through Sunday afternoon, August 29.

Application for Spoffin OFF 2021 will open on 1 January 2021

Festival setup

Spoffin Festival consists of four parts:

  • Spoffin IN: innovative outdoor and site-specific performances of professional artists (on invitation only)

  • Spoffin OFF: showcase of new work and up-coming professional artists (selected after application)
  • Spoffin PRO: international meeting of promoters, festival programmers, agencies, journalists and other professionals in the field of arts in public space (on invitation only)

  • Spoffin LAB: 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.). Selection after applicaton. In 2020 Spoffin LAB is integrated in the Roundabout Europe project.

Application deadline Spoffin OFF

You can apply to participate in the Spoffin OFF program from 1 January until 28 February 2021. A committee consisting of three 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 2021 and are formalized in a contract.

Selection criteria

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.

Spoffin will do its outmost to organize 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.

Spoffin offers:

  • Outdoors performance venue (meeting your technical needs)

  • High profile publicity in print, online and elsewhere

  • Quality meetings with theatre professionals (Spoffin PRO) and other artists.

  • Good hotel accommodation

  • Delicious meals

  • Nice ambience

  • Reasonable compensation for travel costs

  • All the money raised ‘on the hat’ belongs to the artist!

You offer Spoffin:

  • Your time and effort to showcase an exceptional good performance at Spoffin!

  • Everything you need to perform (including all light and sound equipment, rigging, etc.), apart from the venue and the power

Roundabout Europe Application for Spoffin OFF 2021 will open on 1 January 2021