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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Tickets On Sale Now: Brighton Fringe Returns With Hybrid Festival Featuring A Mixture Of Live & Digital Events

Two years ago Brighton Fringe was record-breaking with over 600,000 attendees, while 2020 saw the Festival explore digital performance for the first time. 

Now, for 2021, England's largest arts festival is back with the most exciting and unusual cabaret, circus and comedy, dance, drama and drag! 

In the spirit of invention that has always inspired the Fringe, this year will be a hybrid festival with a mixture of live and digital shows.

Already more than 330 events lined up with a mix of in-person shows and digital productions to explore as part of this year's – and there's more yet to come. 

The Brighton Fringe CEO Julian Caddy said: 

"I am delighted that after an incredibly difficult year we are now launching ticket sales for Brighton Fringe 2021. 

"Putting together Brighton Fringe is a massive undertaking, especially with the challenges that we have all faced during the pandemic, so I would like to pay tribute to the participants, venues and producers for their passion, dedication and resilience. It is thanks to you that there is any point in having a Brighton Fringe.

"We may well put on the largest arts festival in England and provide the year-round resources that we do, but we are far from being the largest arts organisation. 

"Brighton Fringe is a super network of networks. It is the stories we tell, the experiences we have, the recommendations that we make. 

"We can't wait to welcome back audiences and artists safely to the city to create new connections and celebrate Fringe, safely, with us this year."


This open-access arts festival embraces every art form and artist in a vast celebration of the weird, wild and wonderful. 

Brighton Fringe has grown from Brighton's unique cultural heritage, nurtured and inspired by home-grown talent. 

The festival prides itself on being welcoming to established and emerging artists, supporting those taking their first steps with a variety of bursaries.

Bursary Award winners for 2021 include the BN1 winner Liv Ello for SWARM, a black comedy on white privilege which re-tells a provocative reality through the behaviour of flies. 

King Jamsheed: Lonely Piano follows King Jamsheed through their solo year accompanied by a stunning soundtrack of piano, synth and brooding vocals; I Am More Than 2021 by Equinox is about exploring assumptions and challenging prejudices – both come to Brighton Fringe having won the Irene Mensah Bursary.

A powerful new piece about belonging and assimilation, White (Other) by Pole Vault was awarded the South East Dance Bursary. 

Winning the Michael Graney Bursary for new theatre pieces which hold science fiction at their heart, Waiting For Hamlet by Smokescreen Productions is about one fool who knows he's a fool, and one fool who doesn't. 

Fetch Theatre is the winner of the Ironclad Creative New Writing Bursary for Fiction Romance, about exploring the hidden desires of one man, a sailor and a dreamer who finds love.

Alongside these emerging artists, old favourites will also take to the stage at Brighton Fringe; including local comedy legend Zoe Lyons.

Box Office - The full programme and tickets for all shows - Friday 28th May – Sunday 27th June 2021 - are available at www.brightonfringe.org, 01273 917 272 or download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store.

by: Mike Cobley



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