Apply to join The Fi.ELD 2020

Training programme opportunity for 16 - 25 year olds

The Fi.ELD Festival, 2019 - Photo by Chris O'Donovan

We want to give as many people the opportunity to apply as possible, so please note that the original application deadline of Friday 15 November has been extended by one week to Friday 22 November, 12noon.

“The Fi.ELD programme has been a truly enlightening experience. It has given me reassurance, confidence in myself as a creative and a motivation to keep finding my place within this sometimes very overwhelming industry.” Fi.ELD Graduate, 2018

The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators: East London Dance) is a unique collective of emerging dance professionals developing essential skills to make their ideas happen.

Applications are now open and we’re looking for young creatives with a burning passion to achieve their ambitions in the dance and creative industries, whether through producing, creation, community practice or any other area of work. 

This free training programme is designed and facilitated by a team of top industry professionals. Facilitators include, Vicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance); Gemma Griffiths (East London Dance); Fi.ELD Ambassadors who have graduated from the programme and are working in the industry; and a number of industry-leading guest speakers.

Under their guidance and mentorship, you will gain in-depth knowledge and have the opportunity to design, develop and deliver your own project ideas with investment from East London Dance.

We are offering a free taster session for you to find out more on Friday 25 October, 6:30-8:30pm at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Register here to book your place (please note that registering for The Fi.ELD Taster is not equivalent to applying for The Fi.ELD).

About The Fi.ELD

The programme includes the following elements:

  • The Residential: a weekend away to get to know your fellow Fi.ELDers, see professional work and launch the programme.
  • The Know-How (monthly full day seminars): skills and knowledge development on topics such as Fundraising & Financial Management, Programming & Ideas Generation, Event Management, and Marketing & PR.
  • The Studio (weekly Tuesday session): the cohort’s first opportunity to programme, produce and deliver an event in one of the Stratford Circus dance studios.
  • Fi.ELD Trips: seeing a variety of productions and visiting multiple venues across London with networking opportunities.
  • Hands On: professional experience in project management and teaching.
  • The Pitch: pitch your ideas Dragon’s Den style for a small pot of financial investment. All funded projects will be produced by The Fi.ELD cohort creating a unique festival full of your own ideas!
  • The Bursary: bursaries are available to spend on professional development.
  • The Fi.ELD Festival: programme, project manage and deliver your own ideas and get the public to engage with your work.

Watch a video of the Fi.ELD Festival 2017:

Who are we looking for?

You may run your own dance or creative company, produce your own events, or be an artist wanting to expand you experience and knowledge. All we ask is that you:

  • Are a budding producer, dance teacher, choreographer, creative practitioner or entrepreneur.
  • Are able to commit to approximately 160 hours across the year
  • Are preferably aged 16-25 and live or work in east London.

(Download full selection criteria details here)

We are particularly keen to hear from people who are not in formal or full time education, employment or training.

This programme can fast-track your career – are you ready?

The Fi.ELD is a big commitment and the schedule may grow throughout the year. You must be able to commit to 160 hours between January – July 2020.

If you need to boost your skills and networks then this is the right opportunity for you.

How to Apply

Before applying, please make sure you have read this page fully alongside the selection criteria document:

Read The Fi.ELD 2020 Selection Criteria

Complete the online application form

You can apply in writing or by video (please see specific instructions on the application form). Whichever option you choose please make sure you complete all required sections.

Deadline for applications: Friday 22 November 12noon

Interviews: Sunday 8 December at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

The Fi.ELD is generously supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Sadler’s Wells.


DateDeadline to apply: Friday 22 November 2019


Location Stratford Circus Arts Centre
East London Dance
Theatre Square
E15 1BX

How to Apply:

Read The Fi.ELD 2020 Selection Criteria

Complete the online application form

Deadline: Friday 22 November 2019, 12noon

Interviews: Sunday 8 December at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

The Fi.ELD is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Sadler’s Wells.


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