Musicians! Actors and actresses! Dancers and choreographers! Poets, authors, storytellers and comedians! Circus performers!
The Guilford Performing Arts Festival is about you and the magic you bring to people who experience your work.
We’ll energize Guilford with performances, readings, classes, workshops and conversations involving virtually every genre of music, theater and dance for four days and nights.
There will be some 50 to 75 performance and workshop slots available in approximately 20 venues, from a big-top tent on the Guilford Green to school auditoriums, churches, dance studios, bookstores, coffee shops, markets, restaurants, historic barns, the library and other spaces. And there’ll be spots for buskers all over town.
Click the button below to apply online (it’s actually the only way you can apply). Because the number of performance and teaching slots is limited, we suggest you apply before May 31, 2019.
We’ll review applications and contact you if we have any questions, then we’ll stay in touch as we solidify commitments and put together the schedule as early as possible before the festival. We expect to start notifying those accepted in early summer.
The spirit of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival is akin to Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe. We’ll provide venues; modest staging, sound and lighting infrastructure; marketing; an audience; and an exciting festival atmosphere for days. Our audiences rely on the talent, energy, enthusiasm and community-mindedness of performing artists from throughout Connecticut to come out and light up the Shoreline. While our budget currently limits our ability to pay performers, we’ll provide a venue, a dedicated performance slot, and appropriate sound and lighting. We’ll do publicity in advance and seek post-performance reviews. We’ll put you on a bill with some of the best performers in the country and do what we can to attract presenters, venues and booking agents from around New England.
We have a very limited budget to pay a small number of national acts, which we believe will raise the festival’s visibility, appeal and stature, improve the chances of long-term sustainability and make it possible to pay more artists in future years. We’re therefore asking everyone to perform in return for free-will donations at their performances.
Help us make this not just a great festival, but one that will take place for many years to come!
If you have any questions, contact Peter Hawes, festival vice chairman and head of programming. Sign up below for our email newsletter to stay informed as we announce details about the festival, including the names of performers, venues, sponsors and partners, as well as logistics for performers and audience members.