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Fringe is looking for a Marketing Intern

Fringe is looking for a Marketing Intern

Dublin Fringe Festival is searching for a brilliant Marketing Intern to help us tell audiences all about our exciting 2017 programme. Come join the gang! Join the team of one of the country's most dynamic arts organisations and work with the very best makers across multiple genres. Fringe interns have gone on to hold amazing positions in leading Irish and international arts organisations. Job description and application details here. Closing date is Thursday 15 June 2017.

Who applied to Fringe 2017?

Who applied to Fringe 2017?

We are feeling the festival buzz! It’s been a busy old time at Fringe HQ as we put the festival together and the final programming decisions are made. The quality, depth and passion of the applications we received this year blew us away. It’s clear that artists around the world are responding to these uncertain times with some pretty remarkable proposals. Hats off to all who applied – your creativity and drive is energising and inspiring.

After an exciting, lengthy and considered process, our selection of applications has been chosen to be part of Fringe this September. We probably could have programmed the festival twice over, such was the quality and ambition of the works proposed to us. We made our selections in order to offer Fringe audiences urgency, excitement, relevance, experimentation and adventure and to propel brave and talented artists forward. We received over 400 applications this year to the main festival and Show in a Bag. That’s a massive 53% increase on the 2016 number. 1,414 artists proposed 18,887 minutes of inspiring, weird, wonderful and brilliant work to us.

Of the over 400 artists and companies that applied, 192 were first time Fringe applicants. As a festival that champions emerging artists, we’re delighted to see so many first-time Fringe hopefuls knocking on our door. Of all of the shows that applied, 256 had never been performed in Ireland.

Fringe is a Dublin festival, but our mission is to encourage new approaches to art by both Irish and international makers. We also put Dublin on the international map every September with our city takeover. So we were thrilled to see applications come in from 33 different countries including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales! Applicants contacted us from five continents, 21 counties of Ireland and everywhere from Cavan to Cochabamba.

There aren’t enough adjectives to describe just how incredibly high the standard of applications was this year. We challenged artists to cut through, to astonish us. And boy, they did! The competition was fierce.

Big, huge, massive thanks to all of our 2017 applicants. We have a fabulous festival lined up for Fringe goers this September, and it’s all thanks to you. We can’t wait to see you all at the festival!

Kris and Ruth for all at team Fringe.

APPLICATIONS IN NUMBERS
1,414 artists
301 new shows
104 existing shows
33 countries
5 continents
​74 cities
32 genres
18,887 minutes of art
274 first time Fringe applicants
264 shows never before seen in Ireland

First Fringe 2017 shows announced!

 First Fringe 2017 shows announced! 

We can barely contain ourselves...we're so excited to announce the first two shows of Dublin Fringe Festival 2017. Tomboy Survival Guide and The Shitstorm take to the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre this September. 

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Fringe is searching for a Development and Marketing Associate

We're looking for a brand new Development and Marketing Associate at Fringe. Over the course of six months, our new team member will make connections, nurture relationships and be part of the crew that will make Fringe 2017 happen. More information can be found here

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Fringe is searching for a Development and Marketing Associate

The low down on Fringe 2017 applications

The low down on Fringe 2017 applications

1. We’re not messing around. Read our curatorial callout here.

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Show in a Bag Masterclass: Top Tips

At a special event in FRINGE LAB this February, Show in a Bag alumni Sonya Kelly (The Wheelchair On My Face, 2011), Bryan Burroughs (Beowulf: The Blockbuster, 2013) and Margaret McAuliffe (The Humours of Bandon, 2016), shared their words of wisdom about making your own show. They covered everything from the spark of their initial ideas, to how they turned them into a play and shaped their work while out on the road.

Show in a Bag Masterclass: Top Tips

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Fringe is looking for a Programming Assistant Intern

Dublin Fringe Festival is on the hunt for a brilliant Programming Assistant Intern. Join the team of one of the country’s most dynamic arts organisations, working with the very best of Irish and international makers. This internship is busy, rewarding and hands on. It's a great opportunity for an emerging cultural professional with an interest in programming, festivals, producing or artist support. Read the job description here.

Please note: the closing date for applications was Monday 27 February 2017.

Fringe is looking for a Programming Assistant Intern

Fringe wins Best Tourism Initiative Award

Fringe wins Best Tourism Initiative Award

Fringe was delighted to attend the recent LAMA Community and Council Awards and even more delighted to come home with the prize!

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Fringe 2017 Applications Open

Fringe 2017 Applications Open

If 2016 left you punch drunk, Fringe is here with a burst of smelling salts. Do not throw in the towel. We need you to get back in the ring.

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Records broken, big plans and new directions!

Records broken, big plans and new directions!

PRESS RELEASE: Dublin Fringe Festival marks a landmark year and looks forward to 2017

Following a sensational year of artistic successes and box office bests, Dublin Fringe Festival is looking forward to an exciting 2017. The country’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrated a record-breaking edition this year with over 35,000 attendees to hundreds of performances in September 2016, welcoming over 6,000 more audience members than the year before. For sixteen days and nights, the festival hub and spectacular Spiegeltent at Merrion Square drew crowds over 11,000 including for the hottest ticket in town, RIOT.

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MAKE 2017

MAKE 2017

MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

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What have we done since #WakingTheFeminists began?

What have we done since #WakingTheFeminists began?

We’ve self-assessed and spoken up. Looking hard at the representation of women in Irish performing arts is now a constant on Fringe’s agenda. At the same time, we’re watching representation of race, of culture, of ethnicity, of artists with disability, and of class.  We’ve advocated for an inclusion of gender identities other than male and female in all our conversations about equality. This includes trans, questioning, intergender, non-binary, and other gender identities. 

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Fringe celebrates a record-breaking edition!

Fringe celebrates a record-breaking edition!

2016 marked a record breaking year for Dublin Fringe Festival as it celebrated a bumper edition this September. Smashing box office records with 35,000 tickets issued for 73 productions and an additional 2,500 Fringe-goers attending free, public events,  the festival enlivened 23 venues across the capital over 16 days.

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How to get your hands on FRESH CUTS

How to get your hands on FRESH CUTS

A brand new publication, FRESH CUTS: Plays from Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 & 2016, was launched during this year's Dublin Fringe Festival.

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Our favourite photos from Fringe 2016

Here are some of our favourite photos from Fringe 2016.

RIOT
Our favourite photos from Fringe 2016

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Winners: Fringe Awards 2016

Winners: Fringe Awards 2016

Fringe Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the hard work and talent on display in the festival each year. In 2016, 645 artists brought their intelligence, heart, vision and drive to projects at the festival. The Awards hope to honour and acknowledge some of the stand-outs. After 412 performances of 73 shows in 23 venues across the city, here are the winners of the Fringe Awards 2016:

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Tiger Dublin Fringe Award Nominees Announced!

Tiger Dublin Fringe Award Nominees Announced!

As Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 edges ever closer to its final performances, we look forward now to the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards! Our 15 Fringe judges have been dashing around the city for the past two weeks and have been blown away by the 73 productions in this year’s festival. After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce the nominations for this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards:

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Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards 2016

Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards 2016

The Fringe Awards exist to recognise, reward and celebrate the hard work and talent on display in the festival each year. They are a small but heartfelt tribute to some of the hundreds of festival makers and doers who bring their intelligence, vision, drive and who seem to be able to draw on a reservoir of bottomless energy and passion to create some of the most exciting and original work any of us see from one end of the year to the next. They light up the city, our minds and our souls.

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Five Quick Questions: ICH LIEBE DICH CABARET!

Five Quick Questions: ICH LIEBE DICH CABARET!

On September 24, Film Fatale will present ICH LIEBE DICH CABARET! in our Spiegeltent @ Merrion Square, offering two hours of non-stop cabaret performances. We sat down with producer, Anna Taylor, to ask her #FiveQuickQuestions about the show which promises to transfix audience members with all the decadent hedonism of 1930s Berlin.

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A message from Fringe

We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of artist Moira Brady Averill’s passing yesterday. Moira was a favourite of Fringe’s – creating the wonderfully unforgettable performances Flemish Proverbs (2015) and Very Rich Hours (2016). Her work with the collective Change of Address created collaborations between refugees and Irish artists. She was a shining light in the Dublin independent arts scene. We loved her for her craft, her creativity, her sharp, off-kilter, oddball humour, her sense of justice and her true love of the arts. We were happy to count her as a member of Fringe’s community and we’ll miss her terribly. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends, collaborators, peers and fans.

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