Programming Awards

Each year, VAULT Festival collaborates with partner organisations to offer “Programming Awards”.

The CULTIVATE Bursary 2020, in association with COMMON

At VAULT Festival, we’re committed to providing an accessible platform for artists from all backgrounds to create the best new work. For 2020 we’ve created The CULTIVATE Bursary in association with COMMON to provide vital support to artists from working-class backgrounds taking part in VAULT Festival 2020.

The recipients of The CULTIVATE Bursary will receive a £1,000 cash injection towards the cost of their production and £750 worth of PR & marketing support, as well as mentorship and increased industry exposure. It is our ambition to award two Bursaries for the 2020 Festival, and to increase this number in future years. To find out more about how you can support this vital card, visit our Just Giving page.

Visiting Companies can apply to be a recipient oF the CULTIVATE Bursary which will be presented to two working-class creatives or theatre companies in 2020. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

(1) Already be programmed to present a show during VAULT Festival 2020.
(2) Identify as coming from a working-class, benefit-class, or under-class background.

Information on how to apply coming soon.

VAULT Festival Pick of Pleasance Award

VAULT Festival will award one production in the Pleasance Edinburgh 2019 programme to be part of VAULT Festival 2020. The successful company will receive a guaranteed slot in the programme of VAULT Festival 2020 and a cash investment of £1000 from the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

As part of the partnership between Pleasance and VAULT Festival, a reciprocal award will be made to an artist or company at VAULT Festival 2020 programme to perform at Pleasance in 2020.

VAULT Festival Pick of Summerhall Award

VAULT Festival will award one production in the Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe 2019 programme to be part of VAULT Festival 2020. The successful company will receive a guaranteed slot in the programme of VAULT Festival 2020.

As part of the partnership between Summerhall and VAULT Festival, a reciprocal award will be made to an artist or company at VAULT Festival 2020 programme to perform at Summerhall in 2020.

Staging Change Award

This year, we’re offering the opportunity for one Edinburgh Fringe production to win the Staging Change Award. The winner is programmed at VAULT Festival and recognised as an exemplary environmentally conscious production in both content and delivery. If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the “Staging Change Award” question in the VAULT Festival Application with the environmental credentials of your production, including how you intend to make it. You can read more about Staging Changing and making theatre sustainable here.