Festivals

Community Arts, Funding

Project Brief for Bolton Light Festival

Background

Bolton Light Festival is a new event for the town and has developed from the Bolton Christmas Lights Switch-On Lantern Parade held last year. This year Bolton Light Festival will run for a whole month from the 18th October to 22nd November 2018 and include various events and activities across the town centre and districts. The Light Festival will culminate in an extended Lantern Parade as part of the Christmas Light Switch-On on the evening of Thursday 22nd November.

 

The Brief

The Bolton Light Festival Team are inviting applications from up to ten community groups or not-for-profit organisations for between £500 and £750 to create your own contribution to the Light Festival. This can take any form but must celebrate the theme of ‘Light’ and be able to be included as part of the Bolton Light Festival Programme or Christmas Light Switch- On evening.  

 

Some examples of possible light-themed contributions are listed below:

  • A drama performance
  • A dance piece
  • An artwork or installation
  • Costumes or ‘props’
  • A musical or choral piece
  • A short film or digital artwork

 

There will be various venues for these events to take place in the town centre on the night of the Switch-On as well as the opportunity to join in with the celebrations, which culminate in a spectacular firework display.

 

Town centre venues and locations include:

  • Switch-On Main Stage
  • Market Place Shopping Centre
  • Crompton Place Shopping Centre
  • Bolton Interchange
  • Newport Street
  • Bolton Central Library & Museum
  • Digital screens across Bolton town centre

 

The Panel will also consider proposals for Light Festival activities, taking place during the Light Festival period, in your neighbourhood.

 

Applications

Your group must be constituted and have its own bank account.

If you would like to make an application for your group to be considered to receive funding, please complete the application form and send it to Gaynor.Cox@boltonathome.org.uk

 

Timescales

The deadline for completed applications to be returned is 11.59 pm on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

You will be notified of the Panel’s decision by Friday 5th October 2018.

Activities must be delivered between Thursday 18th October and Thursday 22nd November 2018

Groups whose applications are unsuccessful will be offered other opportunities to get involved in the Bolton Light Festival.

 

Further information and support

The Bolton Light Festival Group can offer support to develop your proposal and deliver your activity.

If you have an idea but would like some assistance to get it ready for the application form please contact:

 

Gaynor Cox

Housing Arts Officer, Bolton at Home

gaynor.cox@boltonathome.org.uk

01204 329706 / 07979 705123

Events

Bolton International Film Festival Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th October

Bolton International Film Festival

Bolton Film Festival returns to the Light Cinema on 2nd/3rd/4th October 2018  – a nine screen cinema housed within an amazing listed Victorian market building in the centre of the town which has recently undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

Screening innovative and ground-breaking short films from independent film-makers. Whether it’s drama, documentary, animation, comedy, VR or experimental film the aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts.

Supported by partner venues The Light Cinema, The Albert Halls, Neo Arts Gallery, Bolton Library & Museums and The Holiday Inn the festival will screen over 100 short films from both home and abroad over the three days; covering drama, documentary, animation, women in film, diversity in film, student film and community film as well as hosting industry talks, masterclasses, networking sessions and after parties.

https://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/screenings

https://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/talks-biff-2018

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Vacancies & Opportunities

Short Story Anthology – Open for Submissions

 Submissions Guidelines

Deadline for Submissions : Friday 1st September 2017

Short Story Submissions are invited for entries to Live from Worktown’s 2017 Anthology as later this year we will be celebrating Bill Naughton’s life and work with a festival in Bolton.

Please read the guidance carefully. We are looking for short stories that in some way concern a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present) . You may submit part of a longer piece of work in which case tell us what it is from: e.g. the following extract is from a longer essay “Bolton in the 1960s” written in 2006.

Your submission must not have been published elsewhere

Entries must be submitted by email only and should be as separate attachments bearing only your name, the title of the piece, and the work itself. In the main body of the email include your personal details including name, address, post code, title of piece(s) submitted and any relevant supplementary information (max. 50 words).

Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

You should follow the following guidance carefully as entries falling outside the guidelines will be excluded.

You can submit up to 2 entries which must be fiction.

Submissions should be no more than 900 words per entry.

Entries should be linked to the theme of either a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present). We would be particularly interested in contemporary accounts of life in Bolton.

Submissions should be made by email with attachment (doc or docx).

Submissions can be made by post but entries will not be returned so keep a copy.

In both cases entries should be typed double spaced, minimum font size 11, preferably Times New Roman or Courier New.

We are looking to include about 30 pieces of work. It is unlikely that all work submitted can be chosen but no feedback will be offered on submissions that are unsuccessful.

Deadline for submissions Friday, 1st September 2017. We will inform you if you have been successful. All work published will remain the copyright of the author and no use will be made of the work other than in this anthology without the express permission of the author.

All successful entrants will be invited to an Anthology launch event (to be arranged at a later date) and given one complimentary copy. Additional copies may be purchased at £5.00.

submissions@livefromworktown.org by 12 noon on Friday, 1st September 2017.

Editorial policy : the editors have no wish to censor submissions but reserve the right to refuse material that they judge to be actually or potentially offensive, racist, sexist or homophobic. Similarly whilst recognising that vernacular and dialect have distinct and non-standard grammar and spelling, the editors reserve the right to standardise obvious misspellings and grammatical inaccuracy, in the interests of producing an industry-standard publication of quality.

 Supported by:                  BoltonArtsForum

Funding

MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/

News

Bolton Film Festival at Light Cinema Bolton: Call for Submissions

BFF Final Poster_small (2)Bolton Film Festival launches on 20th and 21st September at The Light Cinema Experience within the Market Place, Bolton – a listed Victorian building that has undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

We’re seeking out innovative and ground-breaking short films (under 20 mins) from independent film-makers and students. Whether it’s feature, documentary, animation, comedy or experimental our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts. Free entry for Community Groups / Charities / Schools. 

We’ve already received our first few entries and we’re delighted with the high standard of films we received for consideration so early on.

The submissions will be critiqued and selected by a jury of experts from the industry and showcased throughout a two day festival.

Mid Term Deadline 1st May

Regular Deadline 1st June

Late Entry Deadline 1st July

Please check out our website at http://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/