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Why perform at an arts fringe?

Performing in the West End or getting cast in TV and film can be really, really difficult. Of course, like anything, it takes time and effort to grow your skills and become the best performer you can be. And, fairly obviously, the more experience you have, the better you’ll become.

That’s why arts fringes can be a great way of exposing yourself to a local audience and getting a credit for your creative portfolio.

What UK arts fringes are there?

Here’s a list of some of the fringe festivals that take place throughout the UK:

…and more, popping up - keep those eyes peeled!

What are the benefits of performing at an arts fringe?

If you’re an artist then you’ll know that performing is an exciting thing! But there are some benefits specific to performing at an arts fringe.


Applying to perform at an arts fringe is usually much easier than getting your work shown at a larger regional venue, and not all performance spaces are huge proscenium arch stages, so no matter what stage of your career you’re at, it’s possible you could perform.


Generally speaking, arts fringes are much cheaper to apply for and perform at. At Chichester Fringe, applications are free and we don’t expect you to pay for the performance space, either. Have a look and find out how you can take part in Chichester Fringe 2023.


When you perform at an arts fringe, you’re exposed to an audience hungry for great entertainment. There’s also a high chance theatre/art reviewers will come along, too, to see what talent is on offer.

The people!

You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who love the arts just as much as you. Maybe you’ll meet someone you end up working with long-term, you never know!

How do I apply for an arts fringe?

That rather depends on the fringe you’re applying for.

You should look at the website of the fringe you are interested in and find their Take Part or Get Involved section.

You’ll usually then be asked for:

  • Your name and contact details

  • Your experience and any training

  • A summary of your act (including how long your performance is and who it’s suitable for)

  • What your technical requirements are (if any)

  • What your staging requirements are (if any)

  • And any licences you may have (if needed for your performance)

Think you’ve got all the above and want an example application form? Even if you don’t have everything figured out yet, we at Chichester Fringe would still love to hear from you. Get involved in our 2023 festival*.

*Applications are ongoing throughout the first quarter of 2023, and we will contact all applicants by the end of March 2023.

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