Voila! Europe is produced by The Cockpit with the support of United Colleges Group. Voila! Festival started at The Cockpit in 2012 as a French-English bilingual festival, and returns every November to the venue, a 'theatre of ideas and disruptive panache.'
Director Dave Wybrow says:
The Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre London organises and supports innovative programmes to promote Hungarian art and artists in the UK. In 2019, the HCC supported one of Budapest's cutting edge theatre companies, STEREO AKT, to present their show European Freaks at Voila Festival. Following the success of this collaboration, the HCC will support a second Hungarian show as part of Voila's 2020 programme - a filmed version of K2 Theatre's Farewell Concert will be available to view online throughout this year's festival.
The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England & Wales. The Institute organises concerts, cultural events and exhibitions, offers Italian languages courses, and encourages cultural and scientific collaboration between Italy and England & Wales. In 2020, the ICI is collaborating with Voila! to feature the two performances Diary of an Expat: Reloaded by Paper Smokers/ Fumatori di Carta and “Bingo!” by Karavan Ensemble & Silvia Mercuriali.
Français a Londres is a website that unites the French-speaking community in London. They're brilliant at helping us to cultivate more European theatre-lovers.
One day, Voila! Europe will be a network of festivals around the continent, where artists can develop and tour multilingual, multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre. Our first step in realising this vision is a new partnership with theatre makers Petra Freimund and Andrija Repec, to produce a sister festival in Vienna in 2021.
Petra & Andrija, artistic directors of VOILA! Europe Wien, say:
"In uncertain times like these, when we do not know yet what the future may hold, we are building bridges and looking for silver linings. That is why we founded ’VOILA! Europe Wien’, an Austrian registered theatre society, to stay connected with the UK despite whatever Brexit may bring. For us, devised and physical theatre open up opportunities to develop storytelling in a visceral way, not necessarily dependent on language."
Watch this space!
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