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21-09-2017 - 08-10-2017

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2017

The Cape Town Fringe is South Africa’s freshest arts festival. The fourth edition of this event runs from 21 September to 8 October 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the Cape Town Fringe will take place across the Mother City from 21 September to 8 October 2017. A live multi-arts festival and an annual celebration of local and international creativity, the Cape Town Fringe encourages experimentation, collaboration and innovation. In 2017 the CTF will be extending its footprint into a Fringe Circuit, which will see the CTF bring exciting work closer to many of the city’s neighbourhoods.

We’ve heard Fringe will be different in 2017…. how and why?
This year we’re focusing on building a ‘Cape Town Fringe Circuit’. We’ve been going for three years and the Cape Town Fringe has made its mark on the City’s arts calendar. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved. Thousands of performers and tens of thousands of audience members have enjoyed what the Fringe has offered.

And so, in 2017, we’re taking a deep breath. We’re recognising that, across the City, there are venues, theatres, performers, and communities who are battling to get noticed and, often against enormous odds, are managing to bring stages to life with great art. And this year we want to take a moment, slow the Fringe train down, and give more people a chance to hop aboard. We’re going to be working with many of these venues and contributing to their ‘bricks and mortar’ – spending parts of our budget on helping them create the stages that, year round, will help grow the arts in Cape Town.

And we’ll be investing in artists and performers to go to those spaces and do what they do best: inspire, entertain, engage, uplift, spread love and joy.

We’re very excited about the possibilities 2017 holds for the Fringe. And we hope you’ll come on this journey with us.

For specifics, see the question and answer below in the Artist section about how Artists and Venues can get involved.



What genres of work will you be staging?
We welcome proposals from any genre – but we think the bulk of the Fringe programme will be made up of theatre, dance, comedy, jazz and cabaret. That is not to say there isn’t room for classical music, performance art, site-specific work, family or children’s theatre or anything else that producers care to propose.

Is the Fringe only open to South African productions?
The Fringe is first and foremost a South African event and we anticipate that between 80 and 90% of the productions will be local, but anyone may apply and everyone is eligible to participate. We actively encourage international producers to come to the Fringe and will offer support in any way we can.

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