Leeds International Festival 2020: GENERATION FUTURE - Open Call (Deadline 5pm, Fri 6th Sept 19)


30th April – 9th May 2020

2020 FESTIVAL THEME: Generation Future

We live in an era of extraordinary complexity. From politics and economics to the environment, technology, and society itself, the world we live in is more interconnected than ever before. This interconnectivity brings many positives, yet it is only now that the challenges are truly being understood. Actions we take on a daily basis have effects that ripple through the world in ways none of us can predict, and the unintended consequences are mounting up.

In this time of great global uncertainty, there comes a need for a sea-change in the way we think, behave and interact. We sit in a uniquely challenging yet exciting position in the history of humanity. Infinite possibilities stretch out ahead of us, but what we choose to do now could define the future of our species and planet for millennia to come. There is no turning back; no shifting the blame. This is our time, and our trial. We are Generation Future.

Generation Future is the theme for L20. We encourage applications that explore and question what the term Generation Future means to you. How will the world of tomorrow differ from that of today? Will we shape that future, or will we let it shape us? How do we ensure that there is a future to shape at all?

Leeds International Festival 2020 will provide a platform for exploring new ideas and innovation around the complexity of modern human interconnections. Join us in looking at how the people of today can affect the world of tomorrow.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln


LIFF 2020 are opening up their CORE and OFF programme to an open call. If you have an idea and you’d like to be a part of L20, we’d love to hear from you.

Proposals are encouraged from all, whether comedian, speaker, musician, performer, early in your career or an established creator or organisation, working in performance art, film, dance, theatre, comedy, sound etc. We want to showcase local, national and international talent.

Leeds International Festival encourages proposals from international applicants, as well as those which embody the diversity of Leeds and the people who live and work here, including ethnicity, age, ability, gender and sexuality. We commend submissions where thought has been given to accessibility and engaging with new audiences. And we encourage submissions from those currently underrepresented in the arts and cultural sector, particularly disabled and BAME artists. We also welcome access documents from applicants, for more information please visit: www.accessdocsforartists.com

To apply via the Open Call please fill out the relevant application form at the bottom of their open call page

Deadline for applications: The deadline for applications via the Open Call is 5pm on Friday 6th September. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the 30th of September.

If successful, applicants must be available to undertake the commission between October 2019 – May 2020.