Dublin Fringe Festival announce Pilot Light Edition

Posted June 5, 2020 in Arts and Culture

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“After so much time spent apart, we are all longing for shared experience. The ideas artists have been dreaming up propose innovative new ways to have them, together and safely. We’re committed to supporting their visions as they bring the cultural life of the city back out in to the light.”

Ruth McGowan, Festival Director

Dublin Fringe Festival has announced its return, albeit in new formats and innovative ways of addressing the current measures enacted by the government in response to Covid-19

“Dublin Fringe is about discovery. There is a spirit of invention in the organisation’s DNA,” said McGowan. “We’re making a different kind of festival this year, but staying true to our core mission: artform development and talent development. We are doing this by offering artists the opportunity to lead, to innovate, to adapt and create within the new parameters. We are undertaking this work with care, humility and rigorous adherence to government guidelines. 

The programme will be announced on August 5 but will include:

  • A smaller programme packed with big ideas.
  • Outdoor performances.
  • Site-specific shows for small audiences.
  • Solo art adventures.
  • Interactive projects to be enjoyed at home.
  • Using Fringe’s expertise at turning Dublin landmarks in to performance spaces.
  • Empowering experimental performance to lead the way in creating new ways of telling stories. 
  • A safe return to live performance in much loved Dublin venues, should the phased reopening of Ireland advance to plan as outlined by the government.
  • Staying nimble with plenty of imaginative Plan B & C’s in case that it doesn’t.
  • Staying devoted to new work, to liveness, to pleasure and to artistic risk.



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