There are specific considerations to take into account when touring across borders, whether you are presenting in a festival, or planning a multi-stop tour.
There are many opportunities for Canadian artists to present their work abroad.
International: Prague Quadrennial
New York: International Society for the Performing Arts
Seattle: Western Arts Alliance
The United States (the location changes annually): Theatre Communications Group National Conference
Find a list of Canadian Presenting Festivals that are internationally attended here.
Below is a list of some of the markets and networks around the world for international touring. If you have more questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Kingdom: Art Centres, Future Art Centres (artsdepot, Cambridge Junction, The Albany, Stockton Arts Centre), Festival Networks (Brighton Festival, Fierce Festival, MAYK/Mayfest), The House Network.
Europe: Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), Avignon, Edinburgh Fringe, Noordezon (Norway).
Asia: Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS), Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM), Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF).
Latin America: Latin American hubs include Chile (Santiago a Mil) and Mexico (Cervantino Festival). The network in Colombia is not well formalized.
Australia: Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), Fringe Festivals (curated) Festival networks (every major city has a festival, such as the Sydney Festival, the Darwin Festival and the Adelaide Festival).
India: Pickle Factory, QTP .
Visas and Immigration
Every country has different restrictions. When talking to a presenter, ask about visas and immigration early on in your negotiation process. Sometimes the festivals have a staff member to support your application, and sometimes festival artists are exempt from Visas, but Visas can be very time consuming and costly (for instance, when going to the United States). It can be worthwhile to invest in professional help for more complicated visa application processes.
Baird Artist Management has created BAM! Complete Guide to Entering the United States to Perform: A Step by Step Guide for Foreign Artists, which breaks down the visa application process for you from start to finish.
Travelling with Musical Instruments
BAM! Complete Guide to Musical Instruments Across Borders is a document designed to assist touring artists in getting their musical instruments across borders. Its focus is North America, but artists in other parts of the world will need to be familiar with CITES and dealing with CITES, and if they tour North America, then they will find this guide very useful.
A Guide to Taxation in the United States for Foreign Artists
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