[brisbane] BF09 UNDER THE RADAR - call for applications

After the immense success of "BF08 UNDER THE RADAR", Brisbane Festival 2009 is putting the call out for applications for the 2009 event. A 16 day theatrefest within a festival, BF09 UNDER THE RADAR celebrates the creation of new work, taking risks, self discovery and pushing the boundaries!

BF09 UNDER THE RADAR is now calling for applications from artists and companies with brave, stimulating, relevant and innovative shows that the world needs to see. We're looking for fresh ideas and the crossing of art forms. We’re after stories that explore the big questions or transform the everyday and mundane. It has to be new - the rest is up to you. Surprise us!

plays | burlesque | physical theatre | street theatre | theatre of image | dance theatre | musical theatre | cabaret | junkyard | circus | public performance – all welcome to apply.

Read more or go to www.brisbanefestival.com.au OR www.myspace.com/bf08utr for more information

From Friday 18 September to Saturday 3 October BF09 UNDER THE RADAR will take over Brisbane's Metro Arts building for the third time, aiming the spotlight at young and emerging theatre artists who operate under the radar of the mainstream.

Next year we will also move beyond theatre, taking BF09 UNDER THE RADAR and all its quirky splendour to the masses on the streets of Brisbane's CBD. For the first time street theatre will be included in the programme with an estimated 10 shows being staged in shop fronts, vacant retail premises and on the streets over 2 weeks.

BF09 UNDER THE RADAR producer Fiona MacDonald said "We were amazed by the sheer number of applications in 2008 and also the quality of the work. We're hoping for many more pleasant surprises this year. The BF08 UNDER THE RADAR "Best In Show" winner has since been programmed in festivals across the country as well as receiving a substantial scholarship. So if you're into theatre and performing, make sure you send us an application. You've got nothing to lose!"

Successful BF09 UNDER THE RADAR applicants will receive 100% of box office takings for a season of 4-5 shows, venue and technical hire, production and marketing support from the festival to get their show up and out there plus an awesome chance to expand their creative networks, hook up with like minded artists and arts workers and share a platform with some of the world’s best productions

Applications must be received by 6pm (EST) Monday 16 February 2009.

A selection committee of Australia's arts industry practitioners from various art forms will then consider each application. The committee will meet in Brisbane in early 2009 to determine which productions will feature in BF09 UNDER THE RADAR. Successful applications will be notified in April 2009.

Through BF09 UNDER THE RADAR, Brisbane Festival aims to give a leg up to artists and companies on the edge of the mainstream.

BF09 Artistic Director and CEO Lyndon Terracini said "Everyone has to start somewhere. Anyone who works in the arts has been there and knows how hard it is to get a break. BF09 UNDER THE RADAR is our way of fostering the next generation of performers."

Go to www.brisbanefestival.com.au OR www.myspace.com/bf08utr for more information.

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