January 24, 2012
Spoffin works on an adventurous edition 2012
Spoffin, the international festival for innovative street and location theatre, will present its third edition this year from 23 to 26 August in and around the medieval inner city of Amersfoort. The shows Spoffin offers remain mostly freely accessible; artists and staff will invite the public afterwards to make a voluntary contribution. Spoffin 2012 invites again about 35 to 40 international groups to Amersfoort and presents more than 150 performances. The festival expects about 30,000 visitors.
© Delrevès (CAT/ES)
Spoffin 2012 offers an exciting program with ground breaking and innovative street and location theatre, music, dance, circus and circus-theatre brought by professional artists from all over Europe. Artistic director Alfred Konijnenbelt is working on a new, exciting program for a broad audience, from professional theatre lovers to young people and families with children. Special attention is paid to developments in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, where street and location theatre is a relatively new and young phenomenon. In addition, the festival also programmes established names from countries like Spain and France, where street culture has a long tradition. This way Spoffin connects the north and east to the south and west of Europe in one festival world.
Spoffin continues its IN and OFF programming. The IN program is the ‘business cart’ of the festival, with a nice balance between accessible and more exclusive and explicit forms of theatre and artistic concepts. The OFF program is meant to give way to up-coming professional artists from the Netherlands and the rest of Epurope, who will get the chance to show their work to a mix of professionals and public. In addition the festival organises a PRO program for theatre professionals with workshops, presentations and pitches.
Spoffin starts Thursday, August 23 with Spoffin Amuses, a festive evening at Theatre the Flint in Amersfoort. Artists will give short previews of performances that are to be seen during the festival.
New this year is an open-air restaurant Spoffin realize, overlooking the historic Koppelpoort. A festival restaurant with long tables where both public, artists, festival volunteers and professionals can join together for a meal and a drink, to relax and meet backstage. Over here Spoffin will also program smaller shows and a daily talk show for public and professionals.
Spoffin combines quality with accessibility in an open atmosphere. To assist visitors to find their way during the festival, Spoffin is creating routes like a Dance Route, Circus Route , Fire Route, Humor Route, Children's Road, a Discovery and a Music route throughout the city. Do not miss it and note the festival dates in your agenda!