2019 ARTIST REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
WE ARE EXCITED TO BE building a vibrant cultural offering and demonstrating the possibilities across our 30-day festival by being apart of the Decade of Fringe celebration in 2019!
If you have any questions that aren’t answered by the below or the artist handbook your contact at the Sydney Fringe is:
Artist and Venue Services Manager
0402 371 004
2019 Artist Handbook
Everything you need to know about registration, ticketing, marketing and a whole lot of support for getting your event up and running.
This year the way you find a venue and ticket pricing structures are a bit different. Download the artists handbook and make sure you’re fully across the new processes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Sydney Fringe?
The Sydney Fringe is an open access arts festival, the largest independent arts festival in NSW.
The Sydney Fringe is an open access festival – meaning that anyone can apply to put on a show in September.
Open Access means that anyone can put on a show as part of the festival in September. There is no selection process and the main festival program is not programmed or curated.
The Sydney Fringe does not produce any shows that register through our system. We’re here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success.
The Fringe does produce a few large scale public events, as well as working with with our partners on some of our festival hubs, to bring the city to life throughout September, and make sure everyone knows Fringe is happening.
We also use our status as NSW’s largest independent arts festival to advocate for the needs of artists in Sydney.
Over the past five years, under the directorship of Kerri Glasscock, the Sydney Fringe team have enabled new open access spaces for artists year round, modeled pilot programes including partnerships with retail, business and government (which keep your costs down), and tirelessly represented the challenges faced by artists to your elected officials.
This year is marks a decade of Fringe. In 2019 we want to celebrate with you the achievements of the past decade, and bring our artistic community together to decide what change we want to advocate for in the next decade.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE A PART OF THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL?
OUR AUDIENCES AND ARTISTS LOVE NEW WORK AND NEW EXPERIENCES The Sydney Fringe is a great platform to try out new or experimental work or work in development. Our audiences are open and willing for something a little different so use the fringe as an opportunity to develop, test and explore your work.
NEW ARTISTS The Sydney Fringe is constantly attracting new artists from a variety of backgrounds, mediums and skills. Use the Sydney Fringe as a great way to increase your network making new connections with artists and industry professionals.
MULTI ART FORMS The Fringe is genre fluid and a platform for all artforms. We don’t believe in boxing you in, allowing you to tag your work with a variety of genres as well as giving you access to artists and audiences from the full spectrum of artforms and mediums. We also support sepcific genres and their needs by creating hubs for both Dance and Circus and Physical Theatre, following their success last year.
OPEN ACCESS The Sydney Fringe looks to remove as many barriers to getting your art out there as we can. We are open access, which means we don’t curate the festival, so if you can put a show on we’ll put you in the program.
EXPENDED FOOTPRINT - 21 POSTCODES The Sydney Fringe, once a small humble festival in the Inner West of Sydney now spans 21 postcodes across Sydney’s North, East, South and West, giving you greater access to a variety of venues as well as an ever increasing audience.
NEW AUDIENCES We have an audience of tens of thousands of Sydney siders that visit the Fringe every year looking for new work and new experiences. Put your art in front of a whole new audience from all over Sydney.
ACTIVATING SPACE We are working all year round to find and activate new, under-used and unused space throughout our enormous city. Making sure you have access to anything from small cabaret rooms to giant empty warehouses, for your traditional to site specific needs.
BRAND VALUE AND REACH The Sydney Fringe Festival is growing and audiences know we’re here in September. Be part of the noise.
CAREER PATHWAYS AND DEVELOPMENT Use the Fringe as an opportunity to set goals, push yourself with new deadlines, to get in front of industry and gain access to our growing range of awards, offering new courses, supported touring opportunities and industry mentorship.
WE ARE MORE THAN JUST A FESTIVAL We are committed to year-round advocacy work to grow and strengthen the culture and night life of our city. Join us as we invest in the cultural life of our vibrant home.
This year the way you find a venue and ticket pricing structures is a bit different. Download the artists handbook and make sure you’re fully across the new processes.
When is the Sydney Fringe Festival?
The Sydney Fringe Festival runs from 1 - 30 September each year.
How do I register an event?
The Sydney Fringe is an open access event. The process to register and communicate with the festival and the venues happens mostly in a custom built online environment designed specifically by the Sydney Fringe for our artists. We did this to make things as automated and easy as possible for you. Our EVENTOTRON portal makes it much easier to connect with other national and international festivals when you’re thinking about taking your show on the road. Most importantly, it’s easy to use.
The steps to follow for this process will be documented in the 2019 Artist Handbook.
The Sydney Fringe welcomes International Performers. The Registration process is the same as for a local performer, but will required to answer a few more questions relating to financials and taxation
If you are an international performer, you are responsible for ensuring that your have the correct Visa’s to perform in Australia. The Sydney Fringe can only offer very limited support in the area of Visa’s. If you do need Visa support or have concerns around Visa arrangements, please contact our Artists and Venues Services Manager Charley Sanders as early as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Sydney Fringe co-produce my event?
The Sydney Fringe does not produce any shows that register through our system. We’re here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success. Artists are responsible for all of the presentation, production and marketing costs relating to their events