Submit Your Work to Dardishi Festival 2020!

Image of Alamank performing at Dardishi Festival 2019 at CCA Glasgow. Photography by Noor Abdel-Razik

Image of Alamank performing at Dardishi Festival 2019 at CCA Glasgow. Photography by Noor Abdel-Razik

Dardishi Festival 2020 is fast approaching and our programme is already taking shape! It’s important to us that you have a say in our next lineup. Would you like to show your work with us? Why not apply! Is there aa womxn* in your life whose work we should absolutely know about? Send this link on!

What is Dardishi Festival?

Dardishi is a community-focused zine and arts Festival that showcases Arab and North African womxn’s* contributions to contemporary art and culture. We launched on International Women’s Day 2016 as an online publication. Our Festival and print zine were born out of this website with the aim of strengthening creative collaboration between Arab and North African womxn, providing positive and diverse representation of us in the arts, and creating opportunities that support and develop our professional and creative practices. Dardishi Festival first took place on International Women’s Day weekend, 8 – 10 March 2019, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, UK - you can read more about it here.

*Our use of the term womxn includes non-binary and intersex people and trans women.

Who are we looking to include in our Dardishi programme?

Arab and/or North African womxn:
- with an interest in the arts
- who want to develop their skills, experience and/or portfolio
- who are open-minded and want to learn
- who are interested in accessibility in the arts
- who want to meet and collaborate with other likeminded womxn

You must be an Arab and/or North African womxn. Filmmakers and directors can be based internationally, but if you are proposing to perform, run a workshop or speak at Dardishi Festival 2020, you must also be based in Europe unless you can pay for your own travel to Scotland.

Previous experience is not required, but enthusiasm for Dardishi’s commitment to equality and improving accessibility to the arts is essential. Arab and North African womxn who are marginalised from working in the arts (e.g. those who are LGBTIQ+, working class and/or disabled) are highly encouraged to apply.

We pay all of our performers/artists/workshop leaders/speakers Scottish Artists' Union rates.

What access measures exist at Dardishi Festival?

Accessibility measures we will have in place for everyone attending the 2020 Festival (artists, performers, workshop hosts, our audience, staff and volunteers): our venue has good access for wheelchair users and those with other mobility issues; all films will screen with English language subtitles or captions; we have a large print programme available and large print audience feedback handouts; we will have comfy seating (bean bags) available; we will have a quiet space available at our venue throughout the Festival. If you require a British Sign language interpreter, please do let us know in your application, so that we can provide you with one.

How to Apply:

Apply to speak at Dardishi Festival 2020 here.

Apply to run a workshop at Dardishi Festival 2020 here.

Submit a performance proposal for Dardishi Festival 2020 here.

Submit your film to Dardishi Festival 2020 here.

The deadline for applications is midnight (GMT) Friday 30th August 2019.

If you would like to submit more than one event proposal, please fill out a separate form per event.

Send you enquiries to

Samar Ziadat