Deadline to apply: February 1, 2024

Residency at BUDA with premiere at NEXT festival: Three weeks in October/November 2024.

Mophradat has partnered again with Kunstencentrum BUDA and NEXT festival in Belgium to offer a three-week residency for artists to finalize a new performance using BUDA’s facilities and artistic support, and premiere their work at NEXT Festival at the conclusion of the residency. The selected artist (working with a maximum of three collaborators, i.e. up to four individuals in total) will have their travel and visa costs, per diem, and honoraria covered, in addition to receiving a contribution to their project’s production costs, and a presentation fee for the performance at NEXT Festival.

Kunstencentrum BUDA in Kortrijk is a platform for contemporary art festivals, an art house cinema, and one of the largest workspaces for performing arts in Belgium. Founded in 2006, BUDA constructs an artistic context in which the artist’s desire to create and learn is central. It offers time and space, customized support (logistic, technical, feedback), a network of artistic and professional contacts, and the possibility of an informal presentation for a test audience. BUDA is part of NEXT Festival.

NEXT is a yearly, international performing arts festival that started in 2008 in four cities in the cross-border Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai and Valenciennes, organized by six French and Belgian co-organizing artistic houses and 10 to 15 associated partners. It evolved into a collaboration platform and a landmark event for cultural and artistic professionals from all over Europe. It brings together disciplines, communities and cultures and encourages exchange of cultural diversity, and encourages and facilitates intercultural dialogue amongst programmers, artists, festival organizers, cross-border politicians, students, and broad audience.


In addition to complying with the general eligibility criteria that you can read here, please note the following:

  • Applicants must be working on a new and original project.
  • Applicants must be working with contemporary forms of performance (classical theatre, community theatre, and classical western dance such as ballet and so forth are not eligible).
  • Unconventional projects dealing with experimental forms and/or concerned with progressive discourses are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have advanced and be in the final development phase of their projects and have confirmed co-producers or a financing plan, as this residency only partially contributes to the production costs.
  • Proposals for concerts are not eligible for this call.


  • The applications will be assessed by Mophradat and the final selection will be made in collaboration with BUDA and NEXT.
  • All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications by March 1, 2024.
  • Preselected applicants will be contacted for a conversation.
  • Due to a high volume of applications and the confidentiality of the selection process, Mophradat cannot provide individual feedback explaining the reason an application was not selected.
  • Upon selection, the resident will sign separate agreements with Mophradat, BUDA, and NEXT.
  • The partners will support the selected applicants through the necessary visa applications; and if the artists are unable to travel due to visa refusals, the project will be compensated.
  • A short-written report of the applicant’s experience must be submitted to Mophradat within two weeks of the residency’s end.