Get ready to let your talent shine Newcastle artists, because the Newcastle Fringe Festival is putting together what promises to be a bumper 2021 program and you’re invited to be a part of it.
Festival organisers are calling for artists of all persuasions to register their interest in taking part in the 2021 iteration of the popular festival which is slated to run from 17 to 21 March 2021.
Any and all genres including circus, childrens’ theatre, burlesque, stand-up, music, theatre, dance, poetry will be considered so, if you’re keen to scratch that performing itch, the Fringe is THE place to do it.
The long-running culture celebration was tragically cancelled this year, just two days out from opening and preparations for the 2021 iteration are well underway with meticulous attention paid to pandemic best practice with larger, COVID-safe venues sourced, teams of cleaners enlisted, and improved streaming to ensure those not wanting to mingle can still binge the Fringe!
As an added coup, Newcastle-bred writer, director, satirist, comic, raconteur and all-round multi-talent Johnathan Biggins has signed on for the role of Celebrity Ambassador for Fringe Fest 2021.
“I like giving back to the community that I hailed from,” Jonathan said.
“Fringe represents artistic endeavour at its most grassroots level. I want to help people recognise its value, to support the artists that produce it, to acknowledge that the arts play a vital role in a healthy society and to help get that message across.”
Johnathan who has made a career out of speaking truth to power highlighting the foibles of our nation’s most influential in the iconic and hilarious Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue added that the open forum nature of the festival was another major drawcard.
“Art helps our society confront its issues, it should never be silenced,” he said.
“And it doesn’t hide behind a wall of social media – a performer stands before their audience and owns what they say, in the flesh. I’m proud to be representing Newcastle Fringe and would encourage everyone to get out there and support your local artists by attending the festival or streaming the shows.
“It’s often where great things begin.”
The Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021 is on from Wednesday 17 March to Sunday 21 March 2021. Artist applications close on Friday 13 November. Head here for more information.