Voila! Europe is an annual theatre rendez-vous in London, bringing together British and European theatre makers. Our curated programme is a border-busting mix of multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary performance.
Voila! Theatre Festival began in 2012 as an annual French & English bilingual fringe festival produced by The Cockpit. In response to Brexit, the 2017 festival expanded to include all European languages, with performances at The Cockpit, Etcetera Theatre, and Applecart Arts. Over the past 5 years, Voila! has supported over 500 artists to present 105 shows, bringing together British artists, UK-based European artists, and visiting artists coming from abroad to perform in the festival.
Voila! is a place for artists to take risks. We support individuals and companies to make a daring leap: presenting a new piece of work, touring to a new audience, or translating a play into a new language. Beyond providing a performance platform, we mentor emerging companies, so that their next step can be a step up.
In 2016, we programmed PSYCHEdelight’s BORDERLINE, a multilingual satirical comedy about the Calais Jungle, devised with refugees. The show had its first performances at Voila! and went on to be co-produced by Counterpoints Arts. After a revival at The Cockpit in 2017, the show is now touring the UK & Europe. The company has been featured in a documentary by the Guardian, and nominated for MigrationWork’s Community Integration Awards.
The European Festivals Association says: ‘Voila! Europe clearly has an imaginative and energetic approach to presenting international work in an urban festival setting. From its initial aims it has proved itself to be responsive, quirky, and risk-taking.’
WHO WE ARE
The Voila! Festival is made possible by the team at The Cockpit, and our partners at Etcetera Theatre, Applecart Arts, and Theatre Deli.
Dave Wybrow, Theatre Director of The Cockpit
Sharlit Deyzac, Director, VOILA! Festival
Amy Clare Tasker, Deputy Director, VOILA! Festival
With special thanks to:
The French Institute UK
The Italian Cultural Institute UK