You can now apply to perform or trade at this year's Stendhal Festival
Submission process opened for acts, artists and vendors to be part of the award-winning event's eighth instalment in Limavady
Will you answer the call from Stendhal?
Fresh off its very first sell out event in 2017, Stendhal Festival is setting the wheels in motion for the eighth instalment of its award-winning event, on August 10 and 11 this year.
The team behind the festival at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, have opened up their submission process for acts, artists and vendors who would like to play a part in this summer’s collective of all things creative.
Bands and artists have until 11.50pm on Thursday, January 18 to complete an online form through the festival website, and organisers promise to listen to every submission. In fact, Event Director Ross Parkhill says that it's always one of his favourite times of the year.
'For us it’s like Christmas all over again,' he laughs. 'Every year we get to discover some new talent and new tracks from acts that we have been keeping an eye on over the years.
'The submission process always throws up some amazing finds, Ryan McMullan who has sold out the Mandela Hall and the Limelight in the past 12 months first came to our attention via our submissions, likewise with acts such as SOAK and several other notable names from the Northern Irish music scene.
'If you are an artist of any description, musician, comedian, magician, sculptor, painter, anything, please get in touch and let us know that you are out there,' he adds. 'We pride ourselves on having the most diverse programme in the country and we know that we have the talent right here in Northern Ireland to continue to do so, so please drop us a line on the website before applications close on January 16.
'Same goes for food and general traders, we want or traders offerings to be as diverse as the acts on stage as we look to accommodate an estimated 8000 guests at the farm this summer.'
Meanehile, traders who wish to apply can contact the festival by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkhill is also asking the public to once again support the festival in the annual Irish Festival Awards, where it is nominated for both Best Small Festival and Best Line-up.
'If anyone has a spare 30 seconds to show us some love by voting for us, we’d be incredibly grateful,' he concludes. You can cast your votes by visiting www.irishfestivalawards.ie/vote-now-2017.