Fringe welcomes all who believe in their work

2016-01-06 06:00

REGISTRATION is still open for Africa’s largest open access festival - National­ Arts Festival Fringe 2016 - which will take place in Grahamstown from 30 June until 10 July.

“We’re looking for actors, singers, ­comedians, poets, and anyone who wants to show their talent to an appreciative­ and knowledgeable audience­,” said Fringe manager Zikhona Monaheng.

The festival’s website www.nation alartsfestival.co.za contains all the necessary ­information guides and application forms. Registration is open until January 15.

“The Fringe is South Africa’s only open platform for artists - there is no ­selection process and everyone who believes in their work is welcome to take part,” Monaheng said.

“It attracts artists from all over South ­Africa and from across our borders. ­International representation at the Fringe has grown steadily since the inception of the World Fringe Alliance, of which the ­National Arts Festival is a founding member.

“The Alliance is responsible for bringing in producers from Edinburgh­, Amsterdam, Prague, Brighton, Perth, Adelaide and New York looking for work to showcase at their festivals, creating scope for productions to extend their footprint beyond 11 days in ­Grahamstown to countrywide tours and international seasons.

Festival’s artistic director Ismail ­Mahomed said: “With over 400 production companies vying for the spotlight it can be a tough couple of weeks, but with careful marketing, a good concept, and above all, a fabulous production to set tongues wagging, productions can increase their chances of success.

“The Fringe offers artists the ­opportunity of rubbing shoulders with fellow artists, directors, producers - and many a partnership has been formed over a beer at the Long Table.

“With everyone on an equal footing on the Fringe, artists can learn from each other, swop stories, offer advice, and make connections that can sometimes have a lasting effect on their professional careers,” Monaheng said.

For inquiries contact the Fringe team at 046 603 1103/1177 or e-mail ­fringe­@national­artsfestival.co.za

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