Applications for perfomers are closed for this year. We've got 27 different shows, in 4 venues, over 5 days and 111 performances. The tickets are on sale now. Check out "Our Shows" above. We'll be back next year so please apply and bring something special to Durham Fringe Festival 2022

Information for performers

Applications to perform have now closed

Thanks for all your questions, suggestions and feedback. We’ve been amazed by the number and quality of applications we’ve received for Durham Fringe Festival 2021. We’ve now confirmed the applications which have been successful. Unfortunately we simply didn’t have the space to take on every performer who applied.

If you missed out on applying for Durham Fringe Festival 2021 then don’t despair! We’re working on putting something together so you can register an interest in slots which may unfortunately become available at short notice, and in future events promoted by Durham Fringe CIC. Watch this space!

For Applicants

As we move towards the festival, this page will become a hub for information which we hope is of use to our performers.

Key information

The festival runs from 28th July – 1st August 2021.

Now that you know which venue you’ll be performing in, you can refresh your memory of our 4 great venues in Durham City Centre.

We’ve offered all shows a 70/30 (Production/Venue+Festival) split on ticket sales depending, accepting that arrangements for the Venue/Fringe split differ across our venues.

We’re selling tickets via a central box office, both online and on the ground during the festival. Ticket sales are live now. Please link to our shows page from social media etc when posting about tickets.

All confirmed performers will by now have received messages from our dedicated performers’ contact email. Please drop us a message any time if there’s anything else you need, or you have any questions.

The future

Long term, we would love to establish an annual Durham Fringe Festival, proportional to our area and worthy of our city.  This year we will start small with COVID safe environments. What we need to grow as a Fringe Festival is for our first year to attract great audiences who see something they really enjoy and go home intent on coming back and bringing their friends.

It has been a very difficult time for the Arts, of all kinds; most of us are freelance, and venues of all types have been closed. There was some uncertainly about this summer but we are now feeling very optimistic about the Festival as are our performers.