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30th Annual Halifax Fringe

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Halifax Fringe Festival takes place September 3rd - September 13, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Communication with Halifax Fringe Festival will take place by emailing and Ensure these emails are added to your safe senders list, and check your spam folder frequently to avoid missing important communication.

Application Form/Fee due: February 3rd at midnight AST
Notification of Acceptance: February 10th, 2020
Confirmation of Acceptance & Registration Fee due: March 3rd, 2020

Halifax Fringe Festival takes place in K'jipuktuk on unceded Mi'kmaw territory.

We encourage applications from underrepresented communities, including Black, Indigenous, communities of colour, people with disabilities, and from the Two-Spirit and trans communities.

We've been presenting an accessible, un-juried, uncensored, arts festival annually for the last 29 years. Halifax Fringe Festival is 11 days, over 11 venues, over 55 shows, performing over 350 individual performances and 100% of the box office is returned to the artists.

We are proud members of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, Theatre Nova Scotia, and The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op.

Early Bird Application are in person only at our application Launch Event. There is a limit of 15 first come first served guaranteed entry applications. After those are gone the rest of the festival is by lottery.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form on this website, or email us at

Application Fee: $50
Production Fee: ranges from $45 - $2,160.00
Withdrawal by May 30, 2020: 50% return
Withdrawal after May 30, 2020: 0% return

Your production fee ranges depending on how many performances you want in what size venue. It's all up to you!

You choose you run time (up to 60 min), your venue size (from BYOV, 30 seats, up to 180 seats), and how many performances (up to 12). You also choose your ticket price (ranging from PWYW to $15.)

Correspondence will be through e-mail with the Primary Contact only, unless the Secondary Contact or another method of communication is required for any reason. Halifax Fringe Festival (the “Festival”) is part of a growing community of Fringe Festivals throughout North America, dedicated to supporting independent performers and artists and creating affordable spaces through which diverse communities can experience boundary-pushing theatre and other performances, in accordance with the four criteria set out by the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF):

Fringe Festivals are un-juried.
Fringe Festivals are uncensored.
Fringe Festivals strive to be accessible to audiences and artists.
Halifax Fringe returns 100% of the ticket price to participating artists.

BYOV: We accept "bring-your-own-venue" (BYOV) shows. In that case you supply your venue, your technical equipment, your technicians. We supply promo in our festival guide, website, and social media, advance ticket sales, volunteers to run box office, artists passes, etc. If you supply your own venue, your Registration Fee is a flat $260.

Halifax Fringe Festival will provide a venue/stage with sound, lighting, seating, venue technician and technical set-up time (for BYOV applications please refer above). We provide box office management services to sell tickets and deal with audiences. You must use our ticket seller. We will place your show into the Fringe schedule, on and in the official Halifax Fringe Festival printed program, with blurb/write-up and a (small) hi-res graphic of your choice. We will return to you all box office receipts within 5 business days of the closing of the Halifax Fringe. We will provide billeting when possible.

Force Majeure
Halifax Fringe is not liable or deemed to be at fault for any delay or failure in performance under this Agreement or interruption of Service resulting, directly or indirectly, from "acts of God," civil or military authority, labor disputes, Internet or power failure, labor or transportation, or any similar cause beyond the reasonable control of Administrator or Company.

You are responsible for your own publicity, posters, advertising.
You are responsible for your own personnel/volunteers in set-up, take down, stage management, etc.
You are responsible for providing prompt and accurate information to the Festival when we request it.

I have read and understand the above statement *
Primary Contact Name
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Primary Contact Email (IMPORTANT! After applying, add and as safe sender to ensure you receive emails) *
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Primary Contact Main Phone
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Primary Contact Mailing Address
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Performance Title *
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Performance Creator *
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Presented by (if different)
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Social Media handles ("@_________")
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Is this an original work?
Is this a premiere?
Do you have production rights? (if applicable) *
Do you have permission from your association to participate? (if applicable) *
Briefly describe your project
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Type of project (maximum 3)
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Project Rating
Does your project contain any notable content or production elements (check any/all that apply)
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Adult Content
Strong Aromas
Adult Language
Loud / Abrupt Noises
Combustible Materials
Strobe Light
Other (Please Specify)
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Please indicate/describe the physical space required for your performance (stage dimensions, backstage space, performance space height, wall space, audience access, etc)
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Please list any technical needs for your project
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What is the exact run time of your show?
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Remember: Your production fee ranges depending on how many performances you want in what size venue. After we process your application we'll be in touch to confirm your registration fee. Registration fees range from $45 to $2,160. More shows in a larger venue costs more. Less shows in a smaller venue cost less.
How many performances do you expect to do?
Row 1
What Size Venue?
If you aren't picked in the lottery for your 1st choice venue, would you liked to be added into the lottery for another venue?
Ticket Price?
Would you like to offer a $3 discount for Students/Seniors/Under-waged patrons?
Do you have any unusual, unavoidable, or extraneous scheduling factors to consider? We will expect all companies to be present for the duration of the Festival unless it is indicated otherwise.
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FOR TOURING ARTISTS: If available, would your group wish to take advantage of billeting? *
FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: Do you have space to provide a billet for touring artists?
Halifax Fringe is not only a space for performing, but also a space for fostering community through education and skill sharing. We are proud to provide space for artists to facilitate workshops for both their peers and community members. We charge a flat rate of $50 per workshop, and do not charge for the venues. Facilitators choose the price of their workshops, and they receive a space in the festival guide along with shows.
Are you interested in presenting a workshop at Halifax Fringe?
EQUITY LOTTERY PROGRAM: We are committed to an ongoing effort to support an inclusive, accessible, and diverse theatre arts community.
Everyone must start somewhere, but not everyone has equal access to the opportunities and resources to do so. To address this, we use a lottery system to award equity-seeking artists support for their Festival show.

In this instance, equity-seeking refers to an artist whose self-identifies as a voice that is traditionally underrepresented and under-resourced on theatre stages and in festival settings. For example, equity-seeking artist may identify as but not limited to an Indigenous artist, artist of colour, transgender artist, disabled artist, or neuro-divergent artist.

Many artists who may be described as others as equity-seeking may not identify as equity seeking themselves, but we encourage them to self-identify regardless. We strive to provide equity not only to artists, but also to our audience members. If you feel that you can contribute to an underrepresented audience seeing reflections of themselves on stage, we encourage you to participate in this lottery.

The Equity Lottery is given annually to one equity-seeking artist who applies to participate in the Halifax Fringe Festival. The Equity Lottery recipient will receive:
in-kind support including one lottery venue spot, technicians, lighting, sound equipment, box office support, marketing, public relations and advertising in support of their show; and reimbursement of the Festival application fee in full after the 2020 festival. Registration fees do need to be paid upfront to confirm your slot.

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed in the general Festival lottery in accordance with their designation as a local or national artist, providing them an additional chance to secure a lottery spot.

Eligible applicants must be:
the lead artist of the project who self-identifies as equity-seeking (equity-seeking may not be extended to the subject matter of the work or additional artists contracted to support the creation and production of the work);
available to participate in the upcoming Halifax Fringe Festival, including any necessary technical rehearsal time in advance of the Festival.

Applicants are self-selecting and will automatically be entered into a lottery draw for the Equity Lottery. Please note, all applications will be vetted by committee to ensure adherence to the eligibility guidelines above. Any applications that do not meet the award eligibility will be removed from the Equity lottery and placed in the appropriate lottery category.
Do you self-identify as equity-seeking?
Halifax Fringe is committed to promoting the participation of indigenous artists in our festival. Artists who self-identify as indigenous will be placed in a separate lottery. Unsuccessful applicants will then be placed in the Equity Lottery. Artists not chosen from the Equity Lottery will then be placed into the general lottery.
Do you self-identify as an indigenous artist?
I agree to the payment of a $50 Application Fee. This non-refundable fee is due by February 3rd at midnight AST, to cover administrative costs of processing applications. Applications are not valid without payment of this fee. Application and payment may be submitted separately; however, payment must be received by February 3rd at midnight AST for your application to be considered. *
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