Thank you to those who sent applications, we will be in touch in October

OOPS Festival is curated by the Swallowsfeet Collective; an artist-led collective composed of 5 individuals who are passionate about developing artist-led models for sharing and experiencing dance in innovative ways.

Within our practice we explore the ideas and research behind current trends. For OOPS 2020, our focus is on climate change, mental health, social justice and the role that art plays and intertwines within the wider context. OOPS festival is a platform to collectively reflect on what moves us now and what will move us in and towards the future.

We are searching for exceptional international live performance makers, visual artists and filmmakers who feel their works engage with these current subjects and share our philosophy. We welcome submissions from artists working in all mediums with emphasis on the body as the central form of expression. 

Thinking of applying to our open call for OOPS Festival 2020?

We’ve put together this page to help answer some commonly asked questions and explain our process.




Remember to send your completed application form to by 5pm BST on Monday 19th August 2019.


August 2019-October 2019

All applications for OOPS festival are reviewed against the following 3 criteria: 
(click to view each)


Applicants that reach our longlist will meet both the eligibility and quality criteria. Applicants that reach our shortlist will meet every criteria. We publish this criteria to make this process as transparent and accessible as possible.

Every applicant receives an email at the end of October 2019 with the result of their application and tailored feedback from the collective’s decision process. If there is any delay with the result we will be in touch to say so.

We use an open call to keep our platform open to all. We fully understand that artists want to spend time making art and not writing applications! To save you time (and us!) we recommend you keep your application clear and as concise as possible. Use simple language and let us know through text or video:

  • the ideas behind your work

  • the presentation and setting of your work

  • the audience’s experience of your work

These questions help us understand how your work could integrate into a festival, and a celebration of artists and audiences coming together. If you have any queries about our application process, please do get in touch.