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The Accidental Festival 2008 - Open call for submissions...

Neil at the Accidental Festival - a student-run shindig at the ICA running May 21st-24th, writes in with details about this year's event, calling for submissions The film element of the festival this year is under the guiding theme of Provoke: Who is Watching You.

Performers are invited to apply to join The Accidental Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in May 2008 

Performance Arts students at The Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, will once again curate the Accidental Festival this year at the prestigious ICA from the 21st to the 24th May. The aim of this year's festival is to enable acts from over the globe to exhibit and perform their work in a professional and inspiring environment, joining students from The Central School of Speech and Drama to create an eclectic mix of art forms under the theme of ‘Provoke'. The festival will include not only performances, but also works ranging from performance art and live instillations, cinematic events to live music, workshops, and round table discussions. ‘Now in its third year at the ICA, the Accidental Festival has become a highlight of Central's calendar. It is an incredible privilege for Central's second year Performance Arts students to have the opportunity to curate a festival of new work at the internationally renowned ICA. The value of this project as a learning opportunity is immeasurable, but I also sincerely believe that the event stands in its own right as a festival of new performance that does not need to apologise for itself as only student work. The calibre of established and emergent contributors - from around the world - is consistently impressive. Students have a way of getting people to say yes that eludes those of us in institutional positions. I have no doubts that this year's team will build on the successes of the previous two years, and create a vibrant and provocative event that reaches out to new audiences. I wish them every success'. Ross Brown, Dean of Studies, The Central School Of Speech and Drama This year will once again have a number of special guests and speakers from around the world, last year we were privileged to welcome Anne Bogart to the event, this year proves to offer equally special and unique speakers, more information will be revealed soon via our website. If you are interested in applying for the festival, and feel you have work or a creative vision that fits the criteria we are looking for, please visit our website for more information and to apply.   

About Central

The Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in acting, music theatre, physical and visual theatre, applied theatre, movement, voice, stage management, puppetry, sound design, theatre design, drama therapy and drama and media studies teacher training, as well as MPhil/PhD research degrees.  With over 40 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central contains the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, who make a major contribution to research in their various disciplines. Central is designated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England as the Centre of Excellence in Training for Theatre - the only drama college with this status. Alumni include: Laurence Olivier, Harold Pinter, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Grandage, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Deborah Warner and Graham Norton.