Applications for VAULT Festival 2023 are now open! VAULT Festival will return in February – March 2023 for the first time since the festival was cut short back in 2020, with more bold and original work from new and established artists across theatre, comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret, pop-up events and late night entertainment.

VAULT Festival is back after our 10th anniversary festival edition was cancelled due to the Omicron variant.

We’ve been working hard over the past few months to make sure VAULT Festival survives, and we’re delighted to open applications once more, as we look towards an exciting future filled with new possibilities.

We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds and experiences where applications are open to both UK-based and international creatives. As usual, there is no application fee to apply to 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. 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 immersive spaces, midscale spaces of 75 seats, 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 support sessions for artists wishing to apply including:

Live Facebook Q&A: 12pm-1pm, Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Twitter Ask Us Anything: 12pm-1pm, Tuesday 12th July 2022

Deadline for applications: 8pm, Monday 18th July 2022.

More information for artists wishing to apply to VAULT Festival 2023 can be found in the Application Guide here.