DNFestival 2018 Open Call

2 Jan 2018 by rachelr

ANNOUNCING THE DN Festival 2018 -DN Festival… does SPACE

Open Call for commissions

This year’s festival will take place over two very special events in Summer and Winter in Doncaster Town Centre and will form a DN Festival on Saturday 28th July 2018, followed later by the DN Light Night Festival on Friday 16th November 2018. The two events will be exciting cultural experiences for audiences with a theme of ‘Space’.

Right Up Our Street are looking for people to create experiences and projects to inspire and engage Doncaster people through art and culture.


You could be an artist, a group or an organisation, voluntary or professional. You should have a bold and exciting idea to engage people with. This could either be delivered as part of our annual summer DN Festival or in the run up to the festival, in any area of the borough, but with a showcase at the festival too.

This year’s DN Festival will have the overall theme of Space and will happen on

Saturday 28th July 2018.

We would encourage applicants to respond to the theme, which is based around space, technology and science.  We want the festival to be as playful and participatory as possible.

The Summer Festival will take place in and around Sir Nigel Gresley Square and The Village at Waterdale Shopping Centre.

Please note that there will also be a DN Light Night Festival taking place on 16th November 2018, and the Open Call for this will begin in May 2018. The venue for the DN Light Night Festival will be in and around Doncaster Minster. If you have an idea that could continue over the two festivals, this will also be considered at this stage.

Financial Support


For this round of Open Calls we can give up to £2000 per commission. However, in exceptional circumstances we would consider slightly above this amount, for example if the project fed into both the Summer and the Winter festival events. You can certainly apply for smaller amounts. We welcome applications where match funding has already been identified – or where there is the potential for match funding.


Application process


Applications are now open and the closing date is 29th January 2018.


To apply, download an application form from here and email this to rachel@rightupourstreet.org.uk by 12pm on the closing date.


We will acknowledge receipt of all applications as they are submitted. If you have submitted an application and do not receive an acknowledgement within two weeks, then please do contact us.

The applications will be considered by our community associates panel, chaired by the Project Director. We will carefully consider all applications submitted and are aiming to support as many ideas as we possibly can.

The Community Associates will then recommend applications to take forward, to be considered by our Consortium members.

Depending on the scale of project, applicants may either be invited to attend an interview with Consortium members and Community Associates or notified directly of their commission. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.


About Right Up Our Street


Right Up Our Street is all about people across Doncaster borough choosing, making, seeing and sharing great art, and that includes everything from the visual arts, music and theatre right through to dance, radio, poetry and more. It’s also about maximising community involvement and making sure this art happens in surprising locations and exciting ways.


Right Up Our Street is led by a consortium of Doncaster arts organisations and supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England until 2019. It is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places national programme – aimed at increasing and sustaining adult and intergenerational participation in high quality arts events in areas of previously low participation.  Key partners are: darts (Doncaster Community Arts), Cast (Doncaster’s new theatre venue), DVAN (Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network), DCLT (Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust) and Balby Community Library.


Important Notes


Right Up Our Street is also an action-research project. We ask all commissioned artists to evaluate their own work and processes as they go along and to collate data on participants and audiences. All commissioned artists are required to compile and submit short project progress reports and compiled data on all participants. This is really important to us – so do think carefully before making an application if you are happy to undertake this aspect of the project.

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