Friday, June 5, 2009

La Clique is back!

They’re back! La Clique returns to Dublin for one final run after a sell out 9 month residency in London’s Hippodrome. Winner of the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, join some veteran La Clique favourites and lots of new, sexy, funny, dangerous and mind-blowingly outrageous acts ready to seduce Dublin all over again. And for the first time, La Clique Up Late – a cheekier, bolder and even more fabulous show starting at 10pm.

La Clique’s melange of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety has taken the world by storm. Returning veterans from this international menagerie of the bizarre are Norway’s outrageously bendy Captain Frodo, the prodigiously talented and Queen-obsessed Mario Queen of the Circus, muscle-bound supermen The English Gents and of course, spectacularly sexy aerialist and bathtub acrobat David O’Mer.

Among the Dublin virgins are Marawa, a virtuoso of the Hula Hoop and a demon on skates. Le Gateau Chocolat is an Opera-singing diva with a penchant for being wrapped in body-hugging lycra and a passion for laughter and The Skating Aratas bring their breath-taking high speed roller skating acrobatics to the round stage. Plus, more special guests to be announced.

Friday and Saturday nights now on sale: these sell out fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Become a fan of the Dublin Fringe on Facebook

It's now even easier to follow what the Dublin Fringe is up to - become a fan on Facebook. We'll be updating the page regularly and will be announcing some very exciting news in the coming weeks, so check in regularly. Click to become a fan of the Dublin Fringe Festival

Monday, April 6, 2009

Applications have now closed

Applications for the 2009 Dublin Fringe Festival have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted - we will be back in touch in May with everyone to let you know whether your application was successful.

Good luck!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Applications for Dublin Fringe Festival 2009


The 15th Dublin Fringe Festival is now inviting submissions for its annually anticipated, culture jamming line-up of contemporary arts this September.

This year, we want to present works which confront, embrace and defy this period of remarkable change and challenges. From celebrating the fresh re-emergence of DIY culture, reclaiming more of our city's empty spaces, experimenting with theatre and performance and delving into experiential arts on a grand and minute scale, to encountering home grown and international arts on the street and in even more unexpected places, the Fringe's 2009 programme will not shy away from exploration of where we are and how we got here; as a city, nation and international community or makers, doers, seers and thinkers. To do this, we need you, artists and thinkers, to make it happen. We want to hear your ideas whether you work in theatre, music, dance, visual art, street-art, film, multi-media or beyond.

Dublin Fringe Festival has long served as a spring-board for fresh new Irish and international artistic voices, as well as a home for risk-taking and cutting edge performance. This year we are looking for artists across all disciplines to imagine Dublin with a new vision for the time we live in; to be brave, bold and uncompromising in their engagement with the cultural, social and physical landscape of the city.

A successful Fringe Festival show can propel a small start-up company or emerging artist into the national spot light as well as providing Irish audiences and artists access to more established international experimental work, and this year the Dublin Fringe wants participants to once again invigorate, investigate, challenge, defy, excite and inspire its audience with work that rises above the status quo.

As a year round organisation which aims to promote, nurture and engage Irish artists, this year the Fringe will once again present a series of pre-application talks open to all interested parties on Tuesday 17 February at 6.30pm in Fringe HQ (corner of Sackville Place and Marlborough St). Topics that will be covered include: Online application process, supporting material requirements, financial deals offered by the festival and fundraising.

For 16 days and nights the Fringe Festival offers an around-the-clock season of events, live gigs, performances, actions and happenings. With up to 100 shows spanning theatre, dance, music, live and visual arts in 40 venues across Dublin, the Fringe is a full-on, immersive arts experience that attracts audiences in their thousands to off-kilter, experimental and seductively thrilling work.

Closing Deadline for applications is Friday 3 April at 6pm.

Please read on before starting an online application as the guidelines below will help you. If you have any further questions about the programme or the festival, please contact RĂ³ise Goan, Director,, or Lian Bell, Programme Manager, If you have a technical question regarding your online application, please contact Tom Lawlor,


What Is The Fringe Looking For?

Dublin Fringe Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. The festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and international artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms.

As an active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice.

Your work must be: new work of a professional standard. That is, new creations, new productions or new touring work to Dublin. In general, we do not take accept proposals from amateur or student organisations, or productions that have already played in Dublin.

What we would like to see in the applications:

· simple and clear concepts.

· work that is made by artists of great integrity.

· bold ideas and a playful attitude.

· contemporary styles.

· work that is site specific or made for a self-sourced venue.

· work that employs more than one genre and that has artists working in collaboration.

· work that promotes new ways of engaging its audience or aims at a specific or unique experience for its audience.

· work that is at heart risk-taking and inventive.


Contains detailed venue profiles and a guide to which venue might best suit your show.



What Should I Know Before I Apply?

Heads of Agreement

If you have been negotiating a deal with DFF, once this has been mutually agreed, you will receive a heads of agreement document from DFF. This document will outline what has been agreed and this is your opportunity to make queries. This document is used to legally contract you to the festival.


If you are invited into the programme you will be required to sign a legally binding contract with DFF. This sets out dates, times, venue and venue rental information for your production as well as agreed ticket prices & box office split.

Financial Deal

Companies who are accepted into the programme will have to pay a standard registration fee of €250 if in receipt of Arts Council revenue funding (or equivalent), €175 if is receipt of project funding and €100 if unfunded. After the festival the company will receive 90% of their box office receipts, minus the venue rent (price list below), an insurance fee, and any pre-agreed contras.

Shows that are programmed into the Spiegeltent don’t pay a registration fee and receive 66.6% of box office receipts. The Fringe doesn’t pay for royalties, accommodation or travel costs. VAT of 13.5% is taken off the income before the split.

Ticket Price

In keeping with the spirit of the Fringe and in order to ensure wide access to the festival we keep ticket prices low and offer concessions. We will indicate recommended price points to you based on genre, duration of piece and audience capacity. Please consult the 2007 brochure for an indication of price points ( Tickets for all performances MUST be available for sale through our box office.


In order to allow audiences to see as many productions as possible, the Fringe will appropriately schedule (in consultation with you) your production based on duration, nature of the show and venue. 8pm timeslots will NOT necessarily be available – or desirable – given the number of events typically going up at this time during the Festival. We may also schedule a matinee, in consultation with you, where appropriate. DFF generally assigns one preview to new work at the reduced preview price.

DFF retains the final say on scheduled show start times.

Box Office

DFF operates a central retail, phone and web box office service which processed advance bookings from launch date (provisionally August 12, 2009), and will be open to public through the final performance date. You will receive a log in and be able to monitor the progress of your ticket sales via the internet.


DFF will co-ordinate a full reconciliation of box office receipts from both the venue (in most situations) and Festival box office within 30 working days of the end of your run. Full accounting of complimentary tickets and any tickets sold by companies must be provided to the Fringe within two weeks of the end of your run.

What Technical Support Will I Receive?

Venue Crew

The Fringe manages the overall technical execution of the festival. While each Fringe venue benefits from the oversight of our technical crew, who will act as a liaison and help to address any particular queries participating companies may have, companies must supply own crew for fit-up, get-out and turn-around.

Equipment Hire

Participating companies may need to hire extra lights and other equipment. Companies are asked to consult Fringe technical crew before hiring as we are able to negotiate reduced rates with a number of suppliers on behalf of participants.

Advance Visits

We highly recommend that you carry out advance visits to your assigned venues as far in advance as possible. For companies from outside Dublin, we recommend you carry out both technical and marketing advance visits.

How Will I Market My Show?

Marketing workshop

Dublin Fringe Festival offers a free marketing workshop to all participants every July to teach participants all you need to know about the challenge of promoting your show alongside 120 others in the behemoth that is the Fringe. Topics covered include copywriting, flyering, postering, writing press releases and the do’s and do-not’s of PR.

Publicity & Promotions

DFF employs press and publicity staff whose role is to promote the Festival programme as a whole. Every effort will be made to generate coverage for individual productions. Given the number of events taking place in DFF participating companies are STRONGLY advised to have their own marketing strategy and PR campaign plan in place.


DFF runs advertisements in local newspapers and magazines throughout the Festival. This is in the form of generic Fringe advertising. It is not possible to list every show on an individual basis.

There may also be opportunities to advertise productions at discounted rates as part of special supplements run by the main listings and events publications (Dublin Event Guide, Gay Community News etc). Information will be provided to participating companies.

Marketing & Distribution

All DFF shows and events will be listed in the DFF brochure. 25,000 copies are produced and distributed by the festival. Once an applicant receives confirmation of participation, DFF will notify them of copy and image requirements for display in the brochure.

Promotional Material

DFF generally recommends that companies presenting a show with a run of one week, should plan to print approximately:

  • 100 A4 Posters
  • 20 A3 posters
  • 3,000-5,000 postcards /flyers.

These are realistic figures given the number of sites around Dublin and the length of runs during the Fringe.

There may also be opportunities to print and distribute promotional material at discounted rates.

ALL PRINT MATERIALS are required by contract to have certain information (Festival logo, box office phone, etc.) which will be supplied to you in good time.

What Other Support Will I Receive?

Dublin Fringe Festival hosts a series of free workshops open to all Fringe participants to facilitate the artistic and logistical development of their projects. They are designed to give the tools and support to make quality work in a professional environment.

The Festival also curates a series of rehearsed readings for emerging writers who do not necessarily have the resources to put on a full production.

What Is The Timeframe?

2 February 2009: DFF opens to 2009 applications

17 February 2009: Pre-application workshops open to all interested parties

3 April 2009: Applications deadline

11 April 2009 : Supporting material deadline

May: Notification of decision

June/July: Workshops for participants

Mid-August: Launch of brochure/website

September 5-20: Festival!


PLEASE NOTE: The information provided above is for guidance only and is not binding in any way.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Internships at the Dublin Fringe

2009 Dublin Fringe Festival Internship Opportunities

About Us

The Dublin Fringe Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival of contemporary performing arts, providing an annual platform for the most innovative and fresh theatre, visual arts, dance, live art, mixed media and music. The Fringe celebrates new and emerging artists and fresh approaches to performances in all disciplines, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence. It is an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work.

The Fringe is a curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience.

Festival Dates are 5-20 September 2009.

Interested in seeing it from the inside?

With support of a dedicated, talented and dynamic team, our interns engage professionally with some of the leading arts practitioners working in Ireland abroad today. In 2009 we offer roles in the areas of Artistic Liaison, Marketing, Distribution & Venue Dressing, Press, Production and Programming.

We are now inviting applications for these positions. The roles are offered to suitable candidates following a round of interviews based on the applications received. Closing date is 31st March with the exception of Programming position which is filled once a suitable candidate is found. Recruitment may start during the application period.

Artistic Liaison: July/June - Sept

Artistic Liaison: August - Sept

Marketing - Programme & Copywriting: May - Sept

Marketing - Press Assistant: Jul - Sept

Marketing - Distribution & Venue Dressing: Aug - Sept

Production - Technical: Part time June & July, Full Time Aug & Sept

Production - Administration: June - mid Oct

Programming - Feb/Mar - May

Role specifications can be requested from Tiina on 01-828 6651 or tiina[at]fringefest[dot]com

Applications (CV & Cover Letter) should be sent to

Location of Work Placement: Fringe Offices, Sackville House, Sackville Pl, Dublin 1

All Dublin Fringe Festival internships are unpaid positions.

Friday, January 9, 2009


MAKE is a collaborative initiative by Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum, committed to the generation of new performance work. It will take the form of a residential laboratory open to Irish and international artists, whereby ideas for new performance works will be developed with the assistance of renowned international theatre artists Florian Malzacher, Richard Gregory and Gerardo Naumann.

Over the course of one week, 15 practitioners will come together at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. Their purpose there will have an expressed emphasis on creating new work with assistance, mentoring and support, rather than learning specific skills or techniques. The week long laboratory will culminate in a short showing of the work they have developed over the course of the week. The emphasis of this workshop will be on the generation of new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model.

MAKE is open to theatre makers with an idea or concept for a performance they would like to develop using a non-literary approach to dramaturgical research. MAKE is open to practitioners at all career levels, but will be of particular benefit to directors with an interest in contemporary performance practice, documentary theatre and post-dramatic theatre.

Applicants should apply with a CV or biog, detailing their experience, and a letter of application, outlining the project they would like to develop as part of MAKE. The deadline for applications is Monday 26 January and should be emailed to theatreforum[at]

Applicants will be selected according to their relevant experience and the scope of the project they wish to develop as part of MAKE.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, 22-29 March 2009. Please note that this laboratory is residential and applicants must be available to attend for the total period without exception. The cost of participation is €200, which represents 20% of the total cost of the project.


Richard Gregory

Florian Malzacher

Gerardo Naumann