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Theatre Laboratory Sfumato Small Season
Festival Sofia, Bulgaria

Theatre Laboratory Sfumato Small Season

DEADLINE:15 March 2020

Small Season festival will have its 20-year anniversary in 2020. It has been functioning as a non-profit 10-day summer observatory of the local scene where Bulgarian artists present their ideas and works in any stage of progress.

To celebrate the anniversary, for the first time Theatre Laboratory Sfumato is announcing an international open call for performances to program in the festival. The organizers are looking for artists from any discipline who work within the theatrical tradition and are interested to share their work in Sofia. Every year several of the artists are invited for residencies in the theatre and/or to become part of the programming of the regular season.


  • You can apply as a team of up to 4 people. There are no geographical or age limits.

  • The proposals can vary in format and content – theatre, new writing and dramaturgy, performance and live art, public and participatory art, (post-)dance and (expanded) choreography, as well as talks, lectures, critical conversations, theoretical proposals, workshops that can drive the artist's practice forward, while also contributing to the development of the local scene – and they can also be in any stage of progress – from finished works to initial ideas/visions that need further time and space to be developed.


  • The festival will cover flights (up to 300 euro per person), accommodation (in a hotel in central Sofia) and catering for up to 4 nights/5 days. Additional travel funds can also be sought after in case you live beyond Europe.

  • The theatre will provide advertising, materials and technical equipment to support the presentation and/or development of the projects.

  • The festival which is entirely not-for-profit, doesn't sell tickets and offers all events for free for the local audiences, is unable to pay fees but can provide artists with letters of invitation to apply for additional support from funding bodies in their countries.


To apply:

  • 1/ a short narrative bio
  • 2/ a project proposal – 250 words max;
  • 3/ technical rider and preferred space;
  • 4/ one video link and three pictures of current or previous work
  • 5/ your available days from Jun 26th to Jul 5th 2020 Send to: