caravan digital showcase

11 – 12 May 2020
Full programme and details: theatre.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/showcase/

The caravan biennial showcase of English performance as part of Brighton Festival, has brought its 2020 programme to digital platforms in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Shaped in the same spirit of informality and accessibility, the digitised showcase will test ways of developing an international dialogue that seeks to minimise the environmental cost of global travel associated with the event.

The showcase has been running within the Brighton Festival since 2008, and introduces a curated group of England’s brightest performance companies, to festival organisers and programmers from around the world; with the ambition of developing new partnerships, collaborations and ways of working.

On 11 & 12 May, a series of live events will be hosted on Zoom including provocations from guest speakers, pitches of new work and one-to-one meetings with artists. Artist and writer Andy Field will provide a narration to the showcase by hosting caravan radio, a series of podcasts featuring interviews with the showcase artists, audio excerpts and sound pieces with the intention of helping the delegates to deepen their understand of the artists and their work in a creative way. Alongside this, the caravan team will facilitate connections and conversations between artists and delegates through a dedicated Slack account.

Farnham Maltings produced artists Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas said, “Right now it feels more important than ever for us to be able to connect with presenters and fellow artists and be part of our wider community. We are so excited to be part of caravan’s digital showcase experiment and are really looking forward to having the chance to share and discuss with colleagues and friends what our future might hold and how we might begin to plan for it.”

“If the current crisis has taught us one thing, it is that everything is connected.” Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings and caravan, “Almost all the solutions to how we live better and more sustainable lives, will come from understanding our place in the world, being generous and collaborating. caravan is our attempt to create the conditions for this to happen, to create a grass roots set of international relationships.”


To centralise all the new activity, a dedicated website is being created in which delegates can find out about the selected artists, watch film footage, book for the Zoom events and one-to-one artist meetings. This information will be shared in advance of the two-day event.

Registration remains open for delegates to “attend” the digital showcase. Contact Hannah Slimmon, International Producer at hannah.slimmon@farnhammaltings.com to take part.

the history and ethos of caravan

Since 2008, caravan has developed as a platform for English theatre makers to think, connect and work internationally. From the start, the showcase was designed as an event that encourages exchange and reciprocity between artists, programmers and festival organisers around the world. Every two years, a cohort of artists are presented to an international and national audience within Brighton Festival over three days.

Over the past twelve years, the caravan team have continually reflected on how to encourage international exchange and touring, whilst mitigating the impact on the planet and develop a kind of grass roots globalised community. This has resulted in establishing international advocates around the world who work with companies to enrich any particular opportunity to tour, with considerations including residencies, exchanges and extra dates, to name a few.; running a series of monthly, lunchtime webinars for artists and producers designed to share knowledge, approaches and tips about working internationally; as well as partnering with organisations from around the world on a range of ongoing and one-off projects.

For more information on the showcase, please contact Fiona Baxter, Senior Producer at fiona.baxter@farnhammaltings.com.

press release
27 April 2020

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