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The Inside Track: Application Workshop 2018

19 January 2018

The Inside Track: Application Workshop 2018

Fringe hosted an application information session on 29 January 2018, providing an opportunity for potential applicants to meet the Fringe team and ask their burning questions about this year’s festival.

In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the top tips from the evening and some of the questions addressed.

- There’s no such thing as a typical Fringe show!

- Don’t be discouraged if you’ve never made a show before. Our team are looking for potential and big ideas. We love introducing new talent to our audiences.

- Include as much detail as you can: it helps us hugely, and there is no such thing as a wrong answer. If you don’t have all of the answers right now, that’s ok too! 

- The application process is very competitive. Last year, our 81 shows were chosen from over 400 applications.

Who reads my application?
Our programming team, Festival Director Ruth McGowan and Programme Manager Ewa Senger, consider each application in detail. The application form is also used as a source of information for the entire Fringe team if you are programmed in the festival.

Is there anything Fringe doesn’t programme?
Fringe is a festival devoted to new work. We don’t programme work that has been seen in Dublin already in its current form. It is a platform for contemporary art and we don’t programme cover versions or adaptations, unless they are transcendental. 

How do I apply with a show for Young Radicals: Fringe for Kids?
It’s the same process! We’re looking for exciting work made by or for young people that matches the Fringe ethos. Be specific about your target age group. Tell us how you want to reach those audiences.

If I want to make a show outdoors, what are you looking for?
Fringe champions off-site work. Where do you want to present your show? Why should it happen there? How does the location affect your show? We’ll work with you to make it happen.

How can I address the curatorial call out in my application?
We want your response to Fringe’s call out - tell us which part of it chimes with you. Why do you want to make this show now? Why can it only happen at Fringe?

Our programming team is here to help. We’ll schedule an artist meeting before you submit your application to chat through your ideas and the application process. Get in touch with

View our curatorial call out (link here), application form (link here) and application guide (link here).

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