It’s been a busy few months since the end of Exeter Fringe Festival 2019. We’ve been working on the admin and reflecting on what we achieved this summer. We wanted to reiterate a huge thanks to everyone involved from Exeter Phoenix and The Barnfield Theatre our wonderful venues, to the artists who took part, our awesome festival team and all the audiences that came and took a chance on a new festival and talent from the local area and beyond!
We’ve had a bit of time to regroup, and we’ve decided that Exeter Fringe Festival will take a break in 2020. The work needed to organise a fringe festival is enormous, and this requires a lot of availability from the team. This year the core team were volunteering their time to make the festival happen, but this is not sustainable moving forwards.
The 2019 festival was organised with just £1000 of funding from inExeter, sponsorship from Theatre Train and other local businesses and a lot of help and support from staff at our venues and friends and colleagues further afield.
So now, the hard work begins again. We want to make Exeter Fringe Festival happen in the future, and we believe it could become a steadfast event in the city’s rich cultural calendar but we need your help. We’re looking for anyone who has ideas about funding the festival and making it happen in the future. We’re looking at Arts Council Funding and a few other options, but we’d love to hear from you if you’ve an idea to throw into the ring. You can comment below, or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.