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Thursday 15 July 2021

Success Of Brighton Fringe 2021 Demonstrates A Renewed Hunger For Live Performance

In a year like no other, Brighton Fringe invited audiences to escape to the seaside and the audiences flocked: 80,000 tickets were sold for drag, comedy, family shows, circus, theatre and more.

An estimated 170,000 people enjoyed the Brighton Fringe both online and in-person.

The largest arts festival in England, this year Brighton Fringe held 2,501 more performances than in 2019. 

More venues than ever also joined in across the city with 166 playing host to the most weird, wild and wonderful shows from around the world! 

Brighton Fringe CEO Julian Caddy said: 

"We are hugely grateful to all participants, venues, staff, volunteers, Friends, funders, sponsors and all our other partners for the immense hard work in making Brighton Fringe happen this year. 

"To our audiences, a massive thanks for attending so enthusiastically and also for following the Covid safety guidance.

"It was such a relief to be back after so long and we can't wait for 2022.

"In the meantime, I think we've all earned a bit of a break."

Celebrating the success of the artists who made Brighton Fringe possible, they announced their award-winners in a special prize-giving on Sunday. 

Winner of the Brighton Fringe Exhibitions Award in association with Artists Open Houses and the ONCA Great Curtain Award 2021 was OXYGEN: breathTAKING. 

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray took home both The Gemini Print Group & Brighton
Fringe Design for Print Award as well as the OffFest Award for Online Theatre at Brighton Fringe 2021. 

Winner of the Brighton Fringe International Touring Award in association with The Pebble Trust was Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story.

Recipient of the Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award was Clean: The Musical while Julie Madly Deeply won the Brighton Gin Cabaret & Variety Award

The Brighton Gin Spirit of Brighton Award went to Alfie Ordinary. 

Named The Reviews Hub Best of Fringe was Siblings and Sami and the winner
of The Voice's Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe was Devil's Food Cake.

The open-access arts festival prides itself on welcoming established and emerging artists, supporting those taking their first steps with a variety of bursaries. 

It offers much-loved returning acts alongside exciting newcomers with comedy, theatre, circus, exhibitions, magic, dance, children"s shows and much, much more.

by: Mike Cobley

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