Thursday, April 18, 2024
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Hay Festival wants to hear from outstanding young artists

Calling all budding artists! Hay Festival Global has launched The Platform, an open call for creatives aged 21–28 to submit their new work to be showcased in Hay-on-Wye, 23 May–2 June.

Supported by funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, The Platform is a brand-new initiative to promote, support and develop young creative talent.

Artists can find out more about the programme and submit their ideas at – deadline for submission is Wednesday 17 April.

Successful artists will have the chance to share their work with Festival audiences on Wednesday 29 May in the Festival’s central Marquee space, plus meet and network with established artists over a three-day visit. All Festival expenses will be paid and each artist will earn an event fee for their work.

The Platform is open to a range of art forms, including performance (theatre, dance, street), poetry, digital art, film, audio, music, and literature and focus on bringing together a diverse and representative group of artists from across the UK.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of artists that represent the work submitted and Hay Festival Global’s creative team.

Your ideas could include anything from poetry to performance. It could be something you have already worked on and previously presented, a section of a larger piece of work or something you want to show for the first time.

This is a really fantastic opportunity for young creatives to get their talent noticed by an audience interested in art and culture.

The next Festival edition in Hay-on-Wye takes place 23 May–2 June and promises to be bigger and better than ever! Thirty earlybird events are on sale now, offering a promise of fresh thinking, dynamic performances and diverse voices.

Who is appearing at Hay Festival 2024?

Confirmed speakers include novelists Colm Tóibín, Marlon James, Jeanette Winterson and Andrey Kurkov; environmentalist George Monbiot; podcaster Rory Stewart; comedians Julian Clary and Sara Pascoe; poet Hollie McNish; musician Jools Holland; and actors Miriam Margolyes and Lenny Henry.

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