Between 2012 – 2017, //BUZZCUT// ran a pay what you can performance festival across the bars, galleries, shops and community centres across Glasgow. Founded with no funding, the festival was completely DIY and championed the values of grassroots community support, aiming to create a welcoming, friendly place for artists making raw and challenging work to experiment, and take genuine risks with their practises, and for audiences to encounter new forms and ideas in a supportive risk-embracing environment.

After a 3 year break the Festival will return on 29th – 30th May 2020, based at Tramway & the surrounding area, as part of the closing weekend of Take Me Somewhere Festival. The festival will bring together up to 15 artists for a 2 day celebration with good performance, good food and good chat.

Resources will be put towards accessibility for d/Deaf & disabled artists & audience members, including rest areas, BSL Interpretation, captioning and audio description where possible. BUZZCUT is undergoing internal work and change-making to better support artists & audiences of colour. This is the beginning of an ongoing process, however current plans for the Festival include a breakout space exclusively for people of colour, and an identified POC member of staff available during the application process, get in & festival days if you wish to raise any concerns, or request further support from the wider team.

What they can offer

  • £300 performance fee. For performances featuring multiple performers or artistic collaborators, a larger fee may be available upon negotiation.
  • A free meal every day of the festival
  • Seeing all of the other work at the festival for free including Take Me Somewhere shows on the BUZZCUT weekend
  • Somewhere to stay in Glasgow if you are coming from outside of the city (this will be with a trusted local resident)
  • UK wide travel covered (If you’re flying from abroad, they will be able to contribute up to £100 per person)
  • Limited technical support for your show, including an operator (Unfortunately they are unable to cover individual material costs though will always help to source materials for free. Please consider the affordability of your work)  **PLEASE NOTE TECH IS LIMITED
  • Video and photographic documentation
  • A range of UK and international programmers in the audience
  • Accessibility support for the work to make it open to a wide range of audiences
  • Provision to support your own access needs


The kind of work they like

  • Artists working or interested in working in Live Art and contemporary performance. They understand these terms are difficult to define but they consider it as work which experiments with the possibilities of the live event. They have worked with artists whose work draws from theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret, club, music, activism, however there is always a commitment to exploring the various possibilities of live performance, pushing their forms to previously unexplored territory. As a general rule they don’t support bands / musicians without a highly unusual performative element to their work, new writing, plays, poetry or circus.
  • The festival is flexible in the contexts for different styles of performance which can include:
    • Studio based performance work
    • Performances for one audience member at a time / small audiences
    • Durational actions
    • Site responsive / Outdoor performance
    • Contemporary ritual
    • Club performance
    • Public Intervention
    • Participatory performance
    • Walking performance


23:59 at the end of Sunday March 1st.



Published on:
24 Feb 2020


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