XHBiT Live Opportunity.

Stage iT presents XHBiT, a new live performance event for young people, featuring a range of local artists under 26 years old supporting a high profile headline act.

Young artists are invited to create new or develop existing work, to be performed at our XHBiT live performance event taking place in November 2021.

We are now accepting applications from young artists aged 15-25 to create a new piece of work to be performed in front of a live audience at a venue in Dumfries and Galloway in November.

There are 4 performance opportunities available and we are accepting applications from:

  • Musicians and bands
  • Dancers
  • Comedians
  • Actors and theatre practitioners
  • Spoken word Artists and Poets

The Theme

To MAKE, REHEARSE and PERFORM a brand new piece of work which combines the themes of SPACE, PLACE and TIME through storytelling in any of the above mediums.

We want you to tell your story. What is it about the space, place and time that you have found yourself in the past, present or future that fascinates you?

The Fee

Each artist will be offered between £300 – £700 depending on the scale and ambition of their project. Upon applying for the opportunity, artists will be contacted by our Youth Development Officer, Liam Russell to schedule a call to discuss a fair payment. Fees will be inclusive of all expenses related to the creation of the work, and the performance itself.

Fees will be agreed on the following guidance:

  • 3 days plus performance – £300
  • 1 week plus performance – £500
  • Over 1 week – £700

What Are We Expecting From Our Artists?

The four artists will perform their new work on the same bill as part of our live event. If you are:

A musician, band, or choir:

We would like you to write and perform at least 3 songs to make up a short 10 minute set.

A dancer or dance troop:

Choreograph and perform a dance piece or pieces, totalling a duration of 10 minutes using music and movement related to the theme.


Write a short 10 minute stand-up piece or sketch show which draws upon the theme, and is suitable for a young audience.

Actor or Theatre Practitioner:

Create and perform/direct a short play or theatre piece tied to the theme.

Spoken Word Artist or Poet:

Create and perform spoken word piece exploring the theme no longer than 10 minutes long.

A Combination:

We encourage the amalgamation of art forms to tell your story, so if you don’t quite fit into the above categories that’s okay! If you have an idea that you would like to take to the stage, apply and let’s chat about it.

What do we offer?

We offer our successful applicants the chance to perform their own work alongside a high profile act.

We will support our artists from the start to the final performance of the project. We can offer the following guidance throughout the duration of your project:

  • Support to write your project proposal/application.
  • Understanding contracts
  • Writing an artist bio and marketing copy
  • Project development sessions
  • Advice on marketing strategies and content creation for social media
  • Writing a technical specification document ahead of live performances

How to Apply:

To apply, please fill in the online application form via the link: APPLY HERE

Alternatively, you can send us a video clip via email stating your name, age, where you live in Dumfries and Galloway and why you think this project will help you achieve your creative aspirations. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes. If you are submitting a video application, please email stageit@dgartsfestival.org.uk by the deadline date.

As a rural organisation working in an urban-centric performance sector, we recognise the urgent need to centre the work of marginalised artists as an essential act for achieving equality in society. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is especially welcoming of applicants who face marginalisation, including D/deaf and/or disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, people of colour, working class, and people from any related background or identify. If you feel you are often excluded from performance opportunities, we would like to hear from you and support you.

We welcome applications in alternative formats if that works better for you. We have a budget to support individuals access needs and address inequalities. Please contact us with your requirements and we can ensure that your application suits you and allows us to assess your application accordingly: info@dgartsfestival.org.uk

The deadline for receiving applications is Monday 20th September at 9am.

Selection Process:

After the deadline, all applications will be collated and circulated to a selection panel, comprising of members of the YPG, previous awardee Jodi Rae and Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festivals’ General Manager, Lou Davies and Youth Development Officer, Liam Russell. The panel will read and review the applications ahead of the meeting.

During the meeting, the panel will assess all applications equally and fairly, reviewing each application by:

  • How the proposal responds to the call out?
  • The relevance of the proposal to the times we are living in,
  • How/if the proposal will be achieved within the timeframe provided before presenting live,
  • The impact the opportunity will have on the applicant’s artistic practice,
  • The suitability of the proposal and its presentation to D&G audiences,

The selection panel will meet w/c 20th September. All applicants will hear the outcome from the panel meeting by Monday 27th September.

If you have any questions in regard to the application process, or require further support, please contact us on: info@dgartsfestival.org.uk