Our 10th Anniversary festival will return to London from Tuesday 25th January to Sunday 20th March 2022 with more bold and original work from new and established artists across theatre, comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret, and late night entertainment.

VAULT Festival is back after our 2021 edition was postponed and 2020’s festival was cut short by the pandemic. VAULT Festival 2020 had been on track to feature 616 productions from over 3,000 artists and to welcome more than 80,000 ticket holders. All 97 artists from the “Lost Week” of 2020’s festival are being invited to perform at VAULT Festival 2022 as part of our ongoing commitment to them.

For 2022, we ask that applicants apply bearing in mind that social distancing within performance spaces is currently still a requirement in England.

The Early Bird Deadline for applications to VAULT Festival 2022 is 8pm on Monday 19th July 2021. The Final Deadline for applications is 8pm on Monday 16th August 2021. Applications received by the Early Bird Deadline will be eligible for a variety of Programming Awards, and programming for the festival will commence from this deadline so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds and experiences and applications are open to both UK-based and international creatives. As usual, there is no application fee to apply to the VAULT Festival, and no set artistic criteria – applicants are encouraged to propose daring, challenging and entertaining work across a range of genres and live performance types. New for 2022, we are also seeking “hybrid” work that uses digital technologies to push the boundaries of live performance.

Applicants can choose from a range of bespoke pop-up venues including atmospheric tunnels, studio theatres, and site-specific spaces. Capacities range from intimate single figure immersive spaces, up to larger-scale 180 seaters, catering for most budgets and sizes of production. Audio and video applications are welcome in order to make the application process as accessible as possible.

We’ll be running a number of Q&As, drop-ins, and clinics for artists wishing to apply. Details will be announced shortly across our social media channels.

More information for artists wishing to apply to VAULT Festival 2022 can be found in the Application Guide here.

Early Bird Deadline: 8pm, Monday 19th July July 2021
Final Deadline: 8pm, Monday 16th August 2021 2021