Fringe festival looking for new venues

2017-07-18 06:01

The Cape Town Fringe will be back from 21 September to 8 October with a new format.

According to a statement by Cape Town-born executive producer Ashraf Johaardien, this year’s festival will not be at City Hall.

“Part of the ethos of fringe festivals across the world has been the creation of opportunities for artists who have been relegated to the margins. The focus of this year’s festival will be on partnering with existing spaces across the peninsula, as well as nurturing new spaces that have relevance and resonance in the communities where they have emerged. This year both venues and artists are invited to apply,” he says.

Festival CEO Tony Lankester says the team will focus on building a Cape Town fringe “circuit”.

“We’ve been going for three years and the Cape Town Fringe has made its mark on the city’s arts calendar. However, across the city, there are venues, theatres, performers and communities who are battling to find their way into the ‘mainstream’ and, often against enormous odds, are still managing to bring stages to life with great art. So this year we want to work with new theatre makers and spaces to amplify their platforms and the work they are putting on them.”

Productions in all genres of performance are eligible and preference will be given to smaller and medium-sized works that are able to tour to venues.

Venue owners, production companies, collectives and individual theatre makers are invited to register their interest online at www.capetownfringe.co.za before the end of the month.

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