Applications for the Ilkley Literature Festival Summer Fringe are now open

FEEL creative? Do you love to write or perform and are looking for opportunities to get on stage?

Applications are now open for the Ilkley Literature Festival Summer Fringe taking place in July and August 2022.

The Summer Fringe provides an opportunity for creatives living in Yorkshire to share their talents, try out new formats and engage with a warm and supportive local audience.

In 2021, Fringe performances included an exciting and eclectic range of art forms, including storytelling, improvisation, comedy, poetry and a live podcast.

Produced and hosted by Fringe partners Playful Being, this year’s Summer Fringe will consist of six evenings of outdoor performances in the atmospheric courtyard of Ilkley Manor House on Thursdays from 21 July to 25 August between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Ilkley Literature Festival and Playful Being invite submissions for performances in any art form, including dance, music, poetry, theatre, spoken word and more, collaborations across art forms. art and interactive elements being encouraged. Pieces should aim to last around five to 20 minutes.

Organizer Jessica Penrose of Playful Being said, “We welcome applications from Fringe newcomers and veterans alike. It could be your first performance or a chance to showcase something new. You can experiment with an entirely new format or put a different spin on an existing work. We want you to think about how to make your event interactive and engaging for the audience, and how you might bring together different art forms or collaborate with other creative people or groups.

The Summer Fringe provides a fun opportunity for non-professional writers, performing artists, community groups and others not looking to make a living from their artistic work to share their creative talents. Professional creatives are welcome to submit submissions if they wish, but should be aware that there are no fees paid for Fringe appearances.

Applications are open to groups or individuals aged 18 and over. Applicants should be from or have close ties to the Yorkshire region. As long as your performance idea is family-friendly and you like the idea of ​​going out in front of a live audience, they want to hear from you.

Interested? Visit the Ilkley Literature Festival website for more information on the Fringe and how to apply.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Application deadline: 11:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2022.

Successful candidates informed: Friday, May 20, 2022.

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