Take Part - Information for Entrants
The Fringe is now open for entries! Venue details in particular are subect to change as we receive updates. We have recently heard that Underground Venues will this year be operating from The Old Clubhouse, next to the Opera House, and from the Arts Studio. Please see their website (listed under Useful Links on this page) for further information or our own Venues page, now updated.
We've put these pages together to guide you through what you need to do if you want to perform or exhibit at the Buxton Fringe. We strongly advise you to make use of the helpful information and instructions offered on these pages before entering online, even if you have entered before.
In a Nutshell
- Anyone can enter the Fringe but it is up to you to find and book your venue.
- Once you are sure of your venue, dates, show description, times and prices then you are ready to enter the Fringe using our online process.
- When you enter you pay an entry fee to the Fringe - the earlier you enter the cheaper it is.
- You must pre-arrange your publicity materials, public liability insurance, ticketing and front of house staff.
- You get to keep your ticket money (special arrangements will apply at managed venues).
- We do not have a centralised ticketing system. You may sell your own tickets or The Opera House box office can sell tickets on your behalf - this service will add an extra £10 per entry. Additionally, the Opera House charges you 7.5% of the face value of each ticket sold.
- If you contract to perform with the managed venue Underground Venues, you will need to work to their earlier deadlines as detailed on their website and on our venues page.
Why enter the Fringe?
- The Buxton Festival Fringe is one of the largest in England yet remains on a human scale making it immensely attractive to both professional and non-professional performers and artists.
- It is run by a supportive and welcoming committee of volunteers who offer personal advice as well as an impressive amount of marketing back up.
- Thanks to its financial supporters it is able to keep entry fees low, making entering the Buxton Fringe a true bargain.
- Many of our entrants use it as a stepping stone to the Edinburgh Fringe thanks to its handy timing in July.
- The Fringe is open to all and has a great atmosphere.
- Our Community Groups Link scheme offers you the chance to work with local community groups and schools.
- It's simple and fun. Performer Sam Slide commented in 2016: "Fringe entry was again easy and painless, and excellent regular communications from the Fringe team." Here's entrant Matt ‘Lab Monkey’ Pritchard in 2009: "Buxton Fringe is one of the highlights of my year. It is a welcoming and supportive festival without the trappings of commercialism. It is a place where creativity is encouraged and new talent fostered. There is a real sense of community between performers, audience and the Fringe committee." And Polis Loizou from The Off-Off-Off Broadway Company in 2013: "Buxton is by far the most organised and pleasant fringe experience we've encountered so far!"
What you do
- You make your own arrangements with venues, making sure that you are appropriately insured.
- You pay our entry fee and fill in the electronic form to enter the Fringe (unless you are going with Underground Venues in which case they enter on your behalf).
- You pay the extra fee and enter the extra information on the entry form if you decide to use the Opera House ticketing facility.
- You produce and distribute your own publicity materials (supplying some to the Fringe Information Desk).
- You print your own tickets for sale on the door (the Opera House ticketing service provides its own tickets).
- You offer a free ticket to your Official Fringe Reviewer and minimum 10% discount to Fringe Friends. This discount does not apply to tickets that are already concessions.
- You keep all your takings (or your share if using a managed venue).
What we do
- We run this web-site.
- We provide information and advice on venues and programming.
- We have a Press Officer with nationwide contacts.
- We supply entrants with media lists.
- We publish the Fringe Programme and distribute it to our mailing lists and publicity outlets.
- We make every effort to promote the Fringe through multi-media channels as well as events such as the Launch Party, Fringe Sunday and Buxton Carnival.
- We run a Community Links scheme to bring the Fringe to a wider audience.
- We run the Fringe Information Desk which handles information and publicity for artists and audience.
- We offer an ticketing facility through the Opera House. (There is an additional £10 fee for this).
- We strive to recognise excellence, having an Awards ceremony on the final Sunday of the Fringe. Unfortunately events that only take place on this final Sunday will not be considered for awards.
- We make every effort to review each entry, usually on the first night, and publish the reviews the next morning on the web-site and at the Desk. Artists frequently use these for publicity here and elsewhere. You are free to opt out if you wish but please be aware that reviewing is an important tool for us in the Awards process and opting out makes it harder for the awards panel to come to a decision about your event.
What we believe
- We are a charity run by volunteers.
- We believe that art is for all, not just an elite. This applies both to artists and audience.
- We aim to provide an opportunity for artists to perform or exhibit in an environment that is low cost and an atmosphere that is receptive.
- We hope that our Festival Fringe encourages artists to take risks and experiment.
- We hope that our audiences are enthusiastic and encouraging of innovation and new work.
- We do not select, we do not censor and nor do we selectively promote any work.