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. We’re already reviewing your applications and intend to come back with offers of performance times and venues to our chosen applicants within 5 days.

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.

We’re hoping to select approximately 12 – 16 Fringe shows to put on at our 4 great venues in Durham City Centre.

We intend to offer a 60/20/20 or 70/20/10 (Production/Venue/Festival) split on ticket sales depending upon resources required in each of our venues.

We’ll be selling tickets via a central box office, both online and on the ground during the festival.

We’re doing our utmost to reply to all applicants as soon as possible. In the meantime, please Contact Us if 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. We don’t know for certain what the Summer and Autumn will bring but there seems a reasonable chance that some forms of performance will be allowed.