• Compañia de circo eia

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Compañia de circo eia [CAT/ES] - © Compañia de circo eia

  • Walkwoman

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Walkwoman [FR/SE] - © Christophe Lavaud

  • Arch8

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Arch8 [NL] - © Brian Hartley

  • Cia Bruno Carneiro

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Cia Bruno Carneiro [BR] - © Ramon Moreira

  • Cink Cink Cirk

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Cink Cink Cirk [CZ] - © Ivo Oskar Osvald

  • de facto

    Spoffin OFF 2015: de facto [HR] - © Damir Zizic, Danko Stjepanovic

  • Fullstop Acrobatic Theatre

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Fullstop Acrobatic Theatre [GB/NL] - © Tine La Grange

  • IO Company

    Spoffin OFF 2015: IO Company [ES] - © Pablo González-Cebrián

  • Iwan Dam

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Iwan Dam [NL] - ©

  • Koeterwaals

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Koeterwaals [NL] - © Henry Krul

  • Lagerfeld Jr.

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Lagerfeld Jr. [CH] - © Pauline Aellen

  • Marc de Café

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Marc de Café [FR] - © Marc de Café

  • Tall Tales Acrobatics

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Tall Tales Acrobatics [NL] - © Megin Zondervan

  • Tg Dender

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Tg Dender [NL] - © Alexander van der Linden

  • Wietske Vogels & Milan Seegers

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Wietske Vogels & Milan Seegers [NL] - © Arthur Hofmeester

  • Jordy Sanchez

    Spoffin OFF 2015: Jordy Sanchez [NL] - © superformosa.nl

Information about Spoffin OFF 2016

Spoffin OFF is the showcase part of the Spoffin Festival in Amersfoort (The Netherlands), an annual street arts festival with more than 30 performing acts from all over Europe, with a special focus on innovations from the northern, central and eastern regions.

In 2016 Spoffin takes place from Friday evening, August 26th through Sunday afternoon, August 28th. On Thursday evening, August 25 there is the opening event Spoffin Amuses, where 10-15 artists present a short excerpt of their performance.

Spoffin Festival consists of five parts:

  1. Spoffin IN: innovative outdoor and site-specific performances of professional artists (on invitation only)
  2. Spoffin OFF: showcase of new work and up-coming professional artists (selected after application)
  3. Spoffin PRO: international meeting of promoters, festival programmers, agencies, journalists and other professionals in the field of arts in public space (on invitation only)
  4. Spoffin LAB: a residency project supporting young theatre artists who are in the process of finishing a new project created for public space (streets, squares, parks, etc.). Selection after applicaton.
  5. Spoffin Amuses: opening event of the festival, where 10-15 artists present a short excerpt of their performance.

Both the Spoffin IN and OFF performances are programmed on squares, streets, parks and some specific sites in the mediaeval city centre of Amersfoort. The festival facilitates interaction and possibility for meetings amongst performers and professionals both informal and organized.

Spoffin OFF artists have been booked during or after the festival by numerous festivals throughout Europe. Click here for a list of all professionals who attended Spoffin PRO 2015.

Application deadline and selection criteria

You can apply to participate in the Spoffin OFF program from January 1 until February 29, 2016. A committee consisting of three festival programmers under supervision of artistic director Alfred Konijnenbelt will thoroughly study all the applications and make the selection. Final decisions will be made in March 2016 and are formalized in a contract.

Spoffin will do its outmost to organize an exceptionally good OFF program, as a consequence the quality level of the selection is high. Please note that only a limited number (15-20) of artists/groups can participate in the Spoffin OFF program, due to limitations in space, time, production capacity and budget. The first selection will be mainly based upon artistical criteria: originality, expressiveness, professionalism and whether the work interacts with public space and the audience. Furthermore we have a strong preference for productions that are plug-and-play (self-supporting), can easily travel and use little or no text. Practical criteria like group size and travel costs can further influence the final selection.

Spoffin OFFers:

  • Outdoors performance venue (meeting your technical needs)
  • High profile publicity in print, online and elsewhere
  • Quality meetings with theatre professionals (Spoffin PRO) and other artists.
  • Good hotel accommodation
  • Delicious meals
  • Nice ambience
  • Reasonable compensation for travel costs
  • All the money raised ‘on the hat’ belongs to the artist!

You OFFer Spoffin:

  • Your time and effort to showcase an exceptional good performance at Spoffin!
  • Everything you need to perform (including all light and sound equipment, rigging, etc.), apart from the venue and the power

Application for 2017 will open on January 1, 2017