Applying To VAULT

Applications for VAULT 2019 are now closed.
We start responding to applicants in late September.

This process takes a while, so please don’t assume that because you’ve not heard from us swiftly it means your application is unsuccessful. We endeavour to get back to all applicants, one way or another, as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.

Applications for VAULT 2020 will open in early July next year.

To learn more about how we programme the festival, check out our latest blog post here.

Our Principles

VAULT Festival is built around five core values:
Opportunity, Equality, Trust, Personality and Kindness.

VAULT is an arts festival which aims to give audiences the chance to discover exciting performances by making a fair, encouraging environment for creators of theatre, comedy and other live art and events to make work in.

We consider these with respect to three groups: our audience, our visiting companies, and our team. We are constantly striving to make the festival better, and every decision is made with our principles in mind.


We aim to have a diverse programme of events, encompassing a whole spectrum of different performance styles. In the past we’ve featured all kinds of theatre, circus, clowning, comedy, cabaret, opera, dance, escape rooms, huge parties and immersive games. Everything is welcome.

Due to the large amount of applications we receive, it’s important to make sure applicants are as informed as possible about how the festival works. Please see the Application Guide for full details.

Artistic Aims

Applications to VAULT are reviewed by our Programming Panel, a team of curators drawn from the industry and the Festival’s previous participants.

We’re not looking for any one thing in particular – there is no sure-fire way to get into the programme. We want to create an environment where artists are safe to try things out, and develop their voice – whatever that might be.

We want audiences to discover new ideas and be a part of the creative process. You never know what a show really is until it’s put in front of people. VAULT’s a place of collaboration and learning, so we favour ideas with people in mind: in storytelling, in design, in approach. We’re looking to elevate the experience for an audience and participants.

We respect ambition combined with deliverability. Often big ideas are the most exciting, but we need to know you’ve got your feet on the ground, too. If you’ve got huge ambitions, make sure to let us know you’ve considered all the challenges of presenting work at VAULT.

We value entertainment and challenging work equally. We’re lucky to have an engaged, thoughtful audience. You don’t have to confront an audience with hard-hitting issues to create worthy work – we love comedy, cabaret and energetic fun, too.

We appreciate VAULT-specific ideas. Whether it’s a brand new production or an existing show re-packaged, we like work which uses VAULT’s unique atmosphere as a strength. We want to know you’ve considered the underground location, the size of the venue & the challenges of the noise from the rumbling trains. If you have to compromise your idea too much to squeeze it into the VAULT framework, VAULT might not be the right place for it – the show should come first.

We love honesty. Who you are – whether an individual or a team – is vitally important. VAULT doesn’t work without a supportive community, and works best when everyone is honest.

Keep Informed

Applications for 2019 will close on 24th August 2018.

To make sure you hear about them first, please make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, and keep an eye on this website.


While we hope to answer most of your specific questions about the 2019 Festival within the Application Guide, if you have any questions which you can’t find an answer to, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: