We are a small, “nearly new” festival in the beautiful and historic Durham City, in the North East of England.
Following a very successful start in 2021, and a buzzing second year in 2022, the third Durham Fringe Festival will run from 26th to 30th July 2023.
We’re an open, curated festival and welcome applications from anywhere and anybody, from seasoned professionals to those just starting out. We believe that anyone with passion, talent and a good idea should be given the opportunity to put on a show. We love comedy, theatre, dance, musicals, children’s shows, spoken word, magic. music and mime! In addition to national and international shows, we like to showcase local talent from the North East. 2023 is also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio (Durham University has a copy) and we are hoping to attract acts with their own fringe take on Shakespeare.
We, the festival, take a central coordinating role. We both select and run the venues (6 this year) and set ticket prices…expected to be £9 for most shows in 2023. But the good news is that you get to keep 70% of the net ticket price…and we don’t charge you any fees at all. Not to apply or to be in our programme or for the use of our venues.
There’s no commitment to perform with us when you apply. If you subsequently accept an offer from us then we will ask you to sign a contract, and pay a fully refundable deposit (usually £100) against you not giving the performances you have agreed to.
Applications for the 2023 festival have now closed, and we’re in the process of allocating our performance schedule. If you have applied then we will get back to you as soon as we can!