Take part in England’s largest arts festival

Julian Caddy
Julian Caddy

Applications are now open for next year’s Brighton Fringe.

Spokeswoman Rosie Blackwell-Sutton said: “Everyone is encouraged to take part in England’s largest arts festival, which runs for four weeks from May 1 to 31, incorporating May half-term and both bank holidays.

“Online event registration is open until January 30, and anyone wanting to showcase their talent at any venue from their front room to a large theatre is welcome to sign up using the online registration form.”

She continued: “To help with the cost of putting on a fringe show, Brighton Fringe has secured four funding schemes (with more to be confirmed) to support participants, including the returning Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards, match-funding from crowdfunding partners Zequs and IdeasTap bursaries.

“During and after event registration, all participants benefit from professional advice, support and resources offered by Brighton Fringe, including a programme of Professional Development workshops with expert speakers and one-on-one sessions.

“Brighton Fringe also runs an Arts Industry Service, which encourages arts industry professionals from across the UK and the world to visit Brighton in May to look for exciting new work. In 2014 more than 150 arts industry professionals were accredited, and they attended 158 events. Many Brighton Fringe participants have taken their work elsewhere as a result of this service.

“The popular Family Guide will also be returning, expected to feature more than 150 events just for families as their number continues to increase with the festival including the half term week.

“Brighton Fringe are also launching a new Friends membership scheme to now include benefits year-round as well as during the festival period. The ever-popular Brighton Fringe brochure will hit the streets in early March, with the programme launching online at the end of February.”

Julian Caddy, managing director of Brighton Fringe, added: “The beauty of Brighton Fringe’s format is that it is completely open access, meaning anybody can take part, putting on whatever you want to do, wherever you want to do it.

“This allows for the widest variety of events to be found anywhere in the country. The services that we provide year-round will help you at every step of the way, with ongoing professional development support, funding information and connections with other festivals, venues and events.

“Ultimately, our role is to help your work be as good as it can be, so you can benefit from all the opportunities that are available to you. The journey starts here and we look forward to joining you.”