Joy looks for a new Fringe producer

A scene from the old Fringe

A scene from the old Fringe

HAVING been singed by the process of simply announcing Jorian Gardner as producer of this year’s Fringe Festival Joy Burch is now calling for expressions of interest for this year’s shebang

An estimated 18,000 people attended the 2014 fringe festival, which involved hundreds of artists over four performance days.

“The fringe festival is an important event for established and emerging artists in the ACT. While the National Multicultural Festival is focussed on communities and families, the fringe by its nature is alternative and edgy,” Joy said.

“We are looking for a dynamic producer and I would encourage applicants to consider how they might bring a vibrant and experimental edge to the National Multicultural Festival.

“I am looking forward to an event that showcases the diversity of alternative art being created and produced in the ACT. This will be a great opportunity to explore and celebrate the diverse multicultural experiences including cross-cultural performances, exhibitions and activities.”

Individuals or organisations can apply. The producer budget is $20,000, with up to $20,000 in additional in-kind support from the National Multicultural Festival, including staging, security and promotion.

“While the $20,000 budget is below the level necessary for a tender process, I hope that my decision to call for expressions of interest will prevent next year’s fringe festival being hijacked by cheap political point-scoring at the expense of the producer’s reputation,” Ms Burch said.

Expressions of interest open on Saturday 12 July 2014 and close on Monday 4 August 2014. Information is available from artsACT on 6207 2384 and at www.arts.act.gov.au.

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