The next full festival edition will run from 4th March to 3rd April 2011 in Derby, UK and will be organised around the theme ‘Right Here, Right Now : Exposures from the public realm’.
The festival is curated around the theme of street photography, examining the relationship that photographers and filmmakers have to it through a wide variety of approaches.
FORMAT was established in 2004, and is now one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. Our biennale programme focus is on showing new work/premiering in the UK, exposing the work of exciting emerging photographers, and creating an international meeting place audiences alongside the best established practitioners in the world to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge. The QUAD is the home of FORMAT and the high profile centre point for festival activity which takes place in Derby, UK. The festival programme consists of exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, screenings, mass participation, talks, photo collectives, publications, a summer school, conference an international meeting place - and much more. In the off-years, the festival organises a professional practice programme, summerschool, conference, talks, and exhibitions..
The festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography. FORMAT is the place to see an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what photography is and can be. The festival is a unique opportunity to see and engage in contemporary photography and to hear what is happening ‘right here, right now’.
Image credit: Zhang Xiao 'Coastline'