Brighton Fringe announced on Monday that artists will have until 23:59 on 2 April 2021 2021 to register to take part in the festival, which will run from 28 May – 27 June.
After the success of allowing digital events in their Autumn Season, Brighton Fringe are now offering participants the option to present work both online and offline as part of the festival to ensure wider access.
The tagline for this year’s Brighton Fringe is ‘Celebrate’, which Julian Caddy, CEO of Brighton Fringe, has expanded on: “As the world emerges tentatively from a pandemic that has so profoundly affected all aspects of our lives, it is a time to celebrate - not only that our freedoms are returning, but that the arts sector, which has been so badly affected by the restrictions, is coming back to entertain us. There is still a way to go but we are here to help lead a celebration of what we love - and we can’t wait!”
Following in the footsteps of Argos and IKEA, Brighton Fringe have announced that they will not be producing a printed brochure in 2021 and will instead be reaching audiences in new ways. All events will be listed on the Brighton Fringe website and the official Brighton Fringe app – where you’ll also be able to buy tickets when they go on sale on 18 March. They will also continue to publish a newsletter, which you can sign up for here.
According to 2019 and 2020 Audience Survey data, 98% of attendees agreed that Brighton Fringe makes a positive contribution to Brighton’s image and 94% believe that Brighton Fringe encourages greater participation in community life and events. In 2020, 90% of audiences felt safe when attending Brighton Fringe Autumn Season events and 88% of audiences feel confident to attend Brighton Fringe events in 2021.
Brighton Fringe continues to champion accessibility and will highlight events that are accessible to a range of audiences with particular access needs, including those with visible and invisible disabilities, as well as showcasing and supporting the work of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists.
There will also be a programme of free Fringe Academy workshops running from December, open to everyone, on topics such as Funding, Arts Council Project Grants and Marketing for your event. To see the programme and use the resources already available, visit https://www.brightonfringe.org/take-part/participants/fringe-academy-workshops/
Brighton Fringe 2021 runs from 28 May – 27 June.
Priority Booking for Friends of Brighton Fringe opens 12 April.
Tickets on sale from 16 April.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the new Brighton Fringe dates and the closing date for performer registration.