Online Platforms for Artists and Art Industry Launched by Fringe Society

Online Platforms for Artists and Art Industry Launched by Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society (EFFS) announces two digital platforms for artists and industry professionals: Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace. 

Fringe Connect is a new year-round platform being launched for the first time in 2021, that is designed to bring Fringe artists together with peers and members of the arts industry through networking, discussion and events.

Described as ‘part social network, part events space’, Fringe Connect gives users the opportunity to populate their own profile with information about their professional experiences and to find and connect with users with similar interests. Registered users will have access to industry news and opportunities, plus access to year-round digital events aimed at supporting and facilitating professional development. A selection of archived recordings from past events will also be made available, as well as resources and information relating to the Fringe and the wider sector.

During Fringe 2021, around 30 digital events will be hosted on the platform in association with partners from across the UK and overseas, with all events featuring BSL interpretation, and many with live captioning. There will be workshops, panel discussions,  networking events and guest speakers.

Fringe Marketplace is a dedicated online showcase platform that aims to connect arts industry delegates all over the world with professional and tour-ready artists at the Fringe that is returning in 2021 following a successful pilot year in 2020.

This unique platform will showcase tour-ready work from the Fringe year-round, creating onward opportunities for artists and supporting industry to find work that fits their programming specifications. The work that will appear on the platform has been selected by Fringe venue programmers and assessed by independent cross-genre industry experts who have programming expertise and the neutrality to constructively engage in the process.

Joint Head of Participant Services EFFS, Rachel Sanger, commented “After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, it feels incredibly positive to be launching two platforms today that are rooted in human connections and creative opportunities.

“The Fringe is one of the most important arts marketplaces in the world, and I’m delighted that we’re able to use these new platforms to bring that aspect of the festival online, finding new ways to support artists and industry as we prepare for a hybrid year of online and in person performance. I am thrilled that investing in our digital platforms will enable us to widen the benefit of participation in the Fringe to those who are not able to physically be present in Edinburgh – supporting our access and sustainability strategies and ensuring that we are continuing the development of the world’s largest platform for freedom of creative expression.

“As the Fringe changes, Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace enable us to embrace new opportunities for collaboration, engagement and development of work both during and beyond the festival.”

To access Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace, Arts Industry professionals should register with the Arts Industry office. Registration is open now and is available at connect.edfringe.com with access to Marketplace available from 06 August.

Irene Brown

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