Open Call (Closed)

Open Call (Closed)



In March 2022, the Café Theater Festival will once again take over the city of Utrecht. Up-and-coming performing artists looking to perform in front of a large and diverse crowd can now respond to the open call. The CTF focuses on professional performing artists who are at the beginning of their careers and who are interested in creating intimate performances to be performed in a variety of hospitality establishments. The CTF aims to further increase diversity in its program and invites performing artists of all different backgrounds and styles to apply.

Application Form

You can apply to perform at the Cafè Theater Festival from August 31st to October 3rd. Before applying, please read the information below.

You’ll find the application form here: https://forms.gle/YoC8gcTDCqv4kDWP7

Do you have an idea, but want to go over it with our programmers first? Contact us at programmering@cafetheaterfestival.nl and we can have a chat about it.

Information and Terms

You apply by submitting a concept for a performance. If selected, you will get access to your own artistic coach as well as workshops aimed at your artistic and entrepreneurial development.

Your concept must be tailored to the context of a bar, coffee house or other hospitality establishment. All genres are welcome, including children’s theatre (provided it is suitable for all ages). Performances in English are also welcome.

The Selection Process

You can apply from August 31st to October 3rd 2021 via the application form. There you will be asked to submit your performance concept, in the form of a text or a video. The form will guide you through the process step by step.

You will find out if you have been selected for the second round on October 6th. If so, you will be invited for a meeting, during which you’ll get a chance to perform aspects of your concept live and in person. Those meetings will take place on October 15th, 19th, 20th and 21st.

On October 24th, the final selection will be announced. The programmers will then decide who will play in which hospitality establishment.

The Development Process

Make sure your team does not consist of more than 8 people, including a max. of 6 performers.
You will develop a performance of 15 to 30 minutes.
The CTF will provide you guidance during the development process, consisting of conversations, workshops, coaching and rehearsal visits.

The Festival

The Festival will take place from March 3rd to 6th 2022.
Over the course of those days, you will perform 8 to 10 times in total.
It’s important that your whole team is available for the full duration of the festival.
The week before the festival, there will be trial runs (dates t.b.d.).


You will receive a compensation that will be determined as follows:

Per performer, there will be a compensation of €508,80. Next to that, each solo performer or group gets one extra compensation for someone like a director or a costume designer. This means that in actuality, a solo performer will receive a compensation of €1017,60, a duo will receive €1526,40 and so forth. The maximum compensation is €3561,60 for a group of 6 performers.

During the festival, catering will be provided. For those that don’t live in the province of Utrecht, accommodation and a partial travel cost compensation will be provided as well.

For questions, contact us via programmering@cafetheaterfestival.nl. Good luck with your application!