XTRAX awarded Arts Council funding to continue its international showcasing project, Platform 4: UK

WILD by Motionhouse, a Without Walls supported show for 2019 (UK) © Dan Tucker


We’re pleased to announce an extension to our immensely successful international showcase programme, Platform 4: UK, which will enable us to continue to promote UK outdoor arts work internationally.

The first stage of Platform 4: UK ran between 2015-2018, and supported 100+ UK artists and companies, led to 360+ bookings in 31 countries and generated over £961,000 in income for artists.

In 2019 – 2021 we will build on this success, supporting international promoters to see the work of British artists as part of showcase events and visitor programmes at selected festivals in the UK, as well as encouraging international festivals to present UK artists overseas.

These activities will be accompanied by a range of professional events, pitch sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities to facilitate information exchange between UK and international artists, promoters and sector professionals. We will also be exploring exchange and residency programmes between UK and international partners, and offering briefings and seminars for artists and producers about touring internationally, and how to address the challenges posed by Brexit.


Key events:

Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 August 2019 | Stockton-On-Tees | UK – XTRAX & Stockton International Riverside Festival Showcase 2019

Our showcase with SIRF, featuring 42 companies includes large scale spectacles, 27 UK shows including 14 from Without Walls, international shows from France, Spain, South Korea, Finland, Switzerland and Belgium.

Professionals programme including East Asian Panel discussion (supported by DIT and ASEF), receptions and network events + more to be announced.

More information and free delegate registration.


Friday 23 – Sunday 25 August 2019 | Amersfoort | the Netherlands – Spoffin Street Arts festival

XTRAX has been working with Spoffin, the international festival for professional outdoor theatre in Amersfoort (NL), to present a UK Spotlight event as part of this year’s programme. This focus is aimed at creating onward touring opportunities for UK artists and will include shows, pitching sessions and networking opportunities for UK artists – more information to be revealed soon.

Find out more about Spoffin here.


30 August – 1 September | Hull | UK – XTRAX & Freedom Festival Showcase 2019

+30 world-class UK and international shows including 6 Without Walls shows, large-scale nighttime shows, ambitious community projects and a programme of performances, talks, seminars and lectures on international human rights.

More information – free delegate registration opening in June.


Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 April 2020 | Manchester | UK – CS Lab

XTRAX will be partnering with Circostrada to host the 2020 CS lab in Manchester: a 3-day forum organised for Circostrada members and outside professionals, aimed at stimulating conversations around sector-relevant topics, contributing to the competitiveness of the attendees and their capacity to adapt to change through workshops.

We’ll be announcing information about the CS Lab towards the end of the year.

More events to be announced including activity in Asia, across Europe and with Circostrada, the European network for Street Arts and Circus.

A huge thank you to Arts Council England for financial and strategic support.