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THE COCKPIT

Voila! Europe is produced by The Cockpit with the support of United Colleges Group. Voila! Festival started at The Cockpit in 2012 as a French-English bilingual festival, and returns every November to the venue, a 'theatre of ideas and disruptive panache.'

Director Dave Wybrow says:

"Our best future will depend upon our ability to make the most unlikely connections. 
 
Our old assumptions of shared interests, common goals and  cultural similarity will not be enough to defend our rights or shape our  seismic new age.  Division, polarisation and extremist mind-creep are being promoted.  Social gains are being eroded.  Old  progressive alliances are having to find new power-bases and fresh collaborators.  The cross border challenges we face from climate change to terrorism to globalised consumerism to people on the move require deepening cross border cooperation, not retreats behind walls.  And many of us know too that we are part of a growing international tribe of people that see ourselves defined by the  just, egalitarian, planet-loving future we long for, rather than by our nationality, or our ethnicity, or our sex.
 
Which is why The Cockpit continues to help produce and support Voila Europe. Not because it brings together a glossy selection of designer theatre for an elite market but because it brings together people who have something to say and are driven to say it before a live, engaged audience. Not because they all speak the same language and can take a good reception for granted, but specifically because they don't. And won't. 
 
Because our best future will depend upon our ability to make unlikely connections."
 
 
 

RICH MIX

Joining Voila! Europe for the first time in 2019, Rich Mix is hosting performances in their Studio and in their flexible Mix space. The venue is also supporting three Voila companies to develop new works in residence at Rich Mix to premiere at our November festival.
 
Josh McNorton, head of programmes, says:
 
“Rich Mix was founded in 2006 to develop and showcase the multi-cultural creative communities of east London and we are honoured to be partnering with Voila! this year to host seven shows from European artists. It’s now more important than ever for audiences and venues to support the boundaryless power of live performance and Voila! showcases this beautifully.”
 
 

THE ACTORS CENTRE

In April 2019, we created a new festival called A Piece of the Continent with the Tristan Bates Theatre at the Actors Centre.
 
Programme Coordinator Will Mytum says:
 
“A Piece Of The Continent was created to offer a platform of visibility and opportunity for European artists, who may feel a sense of alienation in the aftermath of Brexit and the antagonistic rhetoric that has followed. The incredible quality of the companies participating in the festival is a testament to how valuable European work is to the fabric of UK’s theatre scene. Anyone questioning the value of collaboration with our European neighbours should come and try a Piece of the Continent!’
 
We look forward to continuing the relationship between Voila! Europe and the Actors Centre in 2020 and beyond, by feeding into the venue's regular programming.
 
 

OFFWESTEND

OffWestEnd is the network of over 100 independent, fringe & alternative theatres across London, promoting and celebrating the work of these theatres, including through a number of awards.  Shows with “full runs” are eligible for the Offies awards, which cover around 25 categories.  In addition, there is the OffComm award for “short runs,”  and the OffFest, which is available to theatre festivals.  The OffFest was recently launched as an award for theatre shows at the Camden Fringe Festival, and is now available to the Voila Europe Festival.
 
In keeping with the community spirit of Voila, our OffFest award nominations come from our network of European artists, including the companies involved in the current festival and alumni of previous Voila! festivals. Nominations will be announced in November 2019, and the winner will be revealed at the Offie Awards ceremony in early 2020.
 
 
 

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We're always happy to hear ideas for new partnerships! Please contact festival directors Sharlit Deyzac & Amy Clare Tasker at hello@voilafestival.co.uk. We look forward to connecting with you!