I've written a couple of articles in the past week or so about this “independent arts revolution”that is needed for our industry to thrive in the future with significantly reduced funding for the independent sector. I see our DIY Festival as a small, but significant contributing factor to this revolution. This is just a short article entirely based on my opinions of the indie scene and the void that DIY fills in our sector.
The DIY Festival is our brainchild, an event that was forged in reaction to our experiences leaving university and getting out into the independent sector. There are great opportunities to get work produced such as the 2high Festival and Anywhere Theatre Festival, however we've seen the flaws in the system as both events also provide (in our opinion) an unhealthy state of competition in a very fragile and viscous industry. The DIY Festival is an opportunity for artists from a multitude of artistic backgrounds to unite and collaborate to create a successful event together, rather than competing with each other to achieve individual success at the detriment of other hard-working independent artists.
Our festival is an opportunity for musicians, theatre makers and visual artists to take the initiative and create new, original works which have the potential to become larger successes in independent contexts. The pieces created in The DIY Festival are (we hope) works that can evolve and have a second life on stage being staged as its own production. We want to create a forgiving but critically constructive environment where artists can develop and gain the confidence to go out, find a space, and put on a work of the highest quality.
We want to mobilise artists to create and play their part in the independent arts revolution. Applications open on June 1st. Get involved. Be a part of change.
Learn about The DIY Festival at standupensemble.com/the-diy-festival