Hundreds of artists spend thousands of hours making work for Dublin Fringe Festival each year. Their ambition and hard work is inspiring. The Awards celebrate just a handful of the most breath-taking, rule-breaking, legend-making moments from each festival. Our panel of judges recognise the extraordinary skill and talent on display and acknowledge some of the stand-outs in this year’s festival.
Best Production: For the show that has it all!
Best Design: Outstanding lighting, sound, scenic, projection, costume or overall design.
Best Performers: Two of this year’s brightest stars will take home this accolade.
Best Ensemble: The standout ensemble – the heartbeat of a show.
Judges’ Choice Awards: Three awards to acknowledge something that defies categorisation but must be recognised for its brilliance.
Fishamble New Writing Award: Awarded to an emerging Irish (or Ireland-based) writer for a new play. The award includes dramaturgical support by Fishamble: The New Play Company.
First Fortnight Award: The winner will perform at the First Fortnight Festival; whose mission is mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma.
Next Stage Wild Card: A bursary to be part of the Next Stage at Dublin Theatre Festival with Theatre Forum.
Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award: The most exciting show that’s under 60 minutes with a handsome prize: a two-week run at Bewley’s Café Theatre and €2,000 for the remount.
Spirit of Wit: Moira Brady Averill Award: A monetary prize and unique award for an artist willing to take risks and whose work defies categorisation with bold and unconventional material. In memory of Moira Brady Averill, who had the power to transform space and thought through alchemical wit.
Outburst Queer Fringe Award: Outburst Queer Arts Festival is Belfast's annual explosion of fierce new queer performance, film, theatre, art activism and creative ideas from all over the world. The winner of this award will be invited to bring their work to Belfast as part of the programme this November.