Cork Midsummer Festival, house theatre, and caravan are delighted to announce a collaboration to bring Pitch Up to this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival in June, supported by Culture Ireland.

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Pitch Up is a popular event from the house southeast theatre network in England. The event features 5-minute pitches from theatre makers and venue representatives. The level platform allows for the sharing of new ideas for contemporary theatre and fosters connections between artists and venues, away from the traditional marketplace. Working with the caravan team at Farnham Maltings, house theatre will bring 6 venue representatives from across South East England to present their venues and share what they can offer in front of 6 Ireland-based artists.

Applications are now open for Ireland-based artists to pitch their new ideas for contemporary theatre. All industry delegates at Cork Midsummer Festival will be invited to attend, ensuring a valuable event that maximises opportunities to network and connect with national and international partners. The event will take place on Saturday 22 June following an international delegates’ lunch.

Applications are open until the 7th of April 2024. A selection panel from house theatre, caravan and Cork Midsummer Festival will look for a range of ideas, themes, genres, and scales that speak to diverse audiences, but all pitches must be for contemporary theatre that is still in its development phase. To find out more information and to apply visit the Cork Midsummer Festival website here.

Pitch Up at Cork Midsummer Festival is an initiative of house southeast theatre network, caravan, and Cork Midsummer Festival, supported by Culture Ireland.

Partner information house theatre is a venue network and touring initiative based in the southeast of England. It is delivered by Farnham Maltings with support from Arts Council England and an advisory group of venue leaders, programmers and producers from the region. house supports venues to improve the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across southeast England and exists to build audiences for contemporary theatre across the region.

caravan is the international arm of Farnham Maltings. Through its projects and events caravan supports the independent theatre community in their ambitions to explore and create on an international scale – supporting collaboration, reciprocity, and exchange all around the world. Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as the stage to present exhilarating arts experiences – to ignite bold ideas and build bridges that connect arts and audiences, artists and communities, Cork and the world. The festival provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all art forms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

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For further information about the artist applications please contact:

Conall Ă“ Riain

Communications & Development Manager

For general information about the event please contact:

Meghan Cosgrove

house and caravan Administrator