ACT FESTIVAL, International Festival of Emerging Artists that was to be held in the first week of June in Bilbao and Barakaldo, has decided to delay its celebration to the first week of November due to major causes caused by the State of Alarm in the face of the global pandemic of COVID19 , for responsibility towards workers, agents linked to the festival and the general audience.
For this edition the festival has received more than 700 applications from all over the world and after the closing of the call a selection committee chose the pieces that would be part of this year’s edition, this selection was communicated in mid-February to the applicants.
Once various scenarios were raised, many doubts cleared and many possibilities valued, ACT FESTIVAL has decided to delay its celebration until autumn (November 4th-7th).
The high quality and novelty of the program, the need for the public to enjoy live shows again, the opportunity for the local artistic sector to thrive on these new trends, and for local emerging artists to have this opportunity to spread their work, in addition to the responsibility of the festival with the emerging international scene, they have made the seventeenth edition of ACT FESTIVAL an exercise in struggle for culture, and a commitment to its promotion.
ACT FESTIVAL adds to the main theme of this year, which will be Identity, a reflection on the impact that this global health crisis has had on the way of thinking / inhabiting the scene by emerging creators. And it will also leave the door open to promote some online activities and expand the festival’s broadcast through streaming.