Unfortunately this year we had to cancel Spoffin. But we did not have to cancel everything! Thanks to technology, we were able to let Spoffin Pitch take place this year. Instead of a get together in De Observant in Amersfoort, we got together on Zoom. And we joined forces with one of Englands street art festivals: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF).
Because we joined forces with GDIF, we were able to present a digital pitching session. We welcomed nineteen artists who presented their plans for 2021. They off course did not just present the plans to each other, over 90 festival programmers, theater and art professionals tuned in to hear about their ambitions.
The session took place over Zoom and was moderated by Angus Mackechnie (Executive Director, OAUK) to allow each artist time to pitch their project and then host a breakout space afterwards to have more intimate conversations with programmers. With a few minor technical hitches (have you tried running a pitching session over zoom before!?) the event was a success, with artists already receiving bookings.
For this first edition of GDIF & Spoffin Outdoor Arts Online Pitch, the organizations saw applications from Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Ireland, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and United States of America. Artistic director Alfred Konijnenbelt is pleased with the large number of applications: "We are very happy to gather so many people from all over Europe and beyond to share the beauty of outdoor arts!"
August 29, 2020