Brainchild is an ever-growing community of people connected by shared values. Every year through the festival and our other projects, we meet and collaborate with hundreds of people, and these friendships become driving forces for our creative output.

We open up opportunities to get involved all through the year, from performing at the festival to volunteering with us, designing art installations to sharing works in progress at Hatch. Check the list below to see what’s open at the moment.

Nina Mdwaba and Emily Motto finishing an installation on the festival site


Hatch is our cosy mixed bill for sharing new ideas and works in progress.  After a string of digital shows we’re very happy to be back doing IRL events in a new home – our next one is on Thursday 21st October at The Ivy House in Nunhead, one of London’s only co-operatively & community run pubs (with a lush little red velvet curtained stage!)

We are currently open for submissions and you can tell us your idea via this short form.

The night will host 6 short (~10 minutes) performances of early-stage works and encourage constructive feedback from the audience (in response to 3 questions set by each act) & new creative connections. We’re open to all different forms – theatre, cabaret, comedy, poetry, performance art and anything else in between.
Your submission can be a brand new idea that you want to get on its feet in front of the friendly Brainchild audience, or something you’ve been developing for a while that you think would benefit from some feedback.   

We’ve had the pleasure of platforming early work from lots of talented artists at our previous Hatch events and helped to launch some brilliant projects, including – Joana Nastari (Fuck You Pay Me), Millie Thomas (Dust), Dylema Collective, Isobel Rogers (Elsa), Jaz Lee Jones (curious), Adam Kammerling (Seder)

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with


For general enquiries please email