Timeframe and deadlines

February – April: the call for proposals is open; at this point we are seeking ideas for content. Submitting an event proposal does not commit you to taking part in the Festival.

31 April: Deadline for submissions

May – June: we refine proposals to create activity for broad public appeal and explore cost options with you, that include participation fees and any other production resources (we sometimes waive the participation fees for a few contributors who are unable to pay).

30 June: Deadline for event information and copy / images / logos for the programme

August – September: The programme is launched, the media campaign starts and event bookings open. In parallel, we ask you to return risk assessments, insurance documentation and other legal formalities

17 September: Deadline for risk assessments, health & safety and insurance documents

October: the Festival is live, with current proposed dates 9 – 26 October 2021

November – January: feedback collected from stakeholders, event organisers and audiences for a report published in early 2022.