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Return of Norwich Fringe

Return of Norwich Fringe, new look and new style;
ready to respond to the current climate.

Return of Norwich Fringe, new look and new style;
ready to respond to the current climate.

• Norwich Fringe returns
• Call for creatives, performers and artists to join new network
• New series of free online events

Norwich Fringe has relaunched with a new team behind it, with a call-out for all types of creatives, artists, those on and off-stage and change makers to come forward and join in the activity of Norwich Fringe.

Norwich Fringe will be presenting a series of online events in the first instance, building a network of like-minded individuals, groups and venues. The programme will expand and will be shaped by those sharing ideas and getting involved, eventually leading to an actual Fringe Festival when the time is right.

Joseph Ballard, Director and Producer of Norwich Fringe said:
“This is an important time for the arts and cultural sector – things are changing very quickly and no one is sure what to expect or when. Livelihoods, careers and dreams – as well as our national infrastructure and cultural offer is at risk. We have relaunched Norwich Fringe to help facilitate peer support, the sharing of information and encouraging collaboration.”

Norwich Fringe hasn’t taken place for a number of years and the team says it’s the right time to bring it back – with the first stage being focused on building a network and series of online meetings, from consulting with interested people to ensure it is responsive to need, keeping everyone up-to-date with industry news and guidance and providing peer support and considering personal development and wellbeing.

The first three online events take place on Tuesday afternoons, beginning next week on Tuesday 28 July at 2pm, with an open meeting to gather thoughts and ideas, to help shape how Norwich Fringe can be supportive and forward-thinking. Participants must sign up via the Norwich Fringe website to receive the meeting access details.

Joseph continued:
“As a freelancer or artist, it can sometimes feel like a lonely venture, which is heightened even more at the moment when all work and projects have either stopped completely or have moved online. Norwich is a creative city, full of talent and wonderful venues and organisations. We want Norwich Fringe to help connect and reconnect those from the grassroots level up – all the creators, makers and performers – along with those who make the creative side possible.”

The current team, all volunteering their time, includes Joseph Ballard as Director. Joseph brings his experience as a theatre maker, performer and playwright and from past roles as a director of venues and festivals. He is joined by Molly Farley and Sam Webber as Producers, who are both recent graduates from the UEA. Norwich Fringe is supported by Joseph’s theatre company, New Stages.

Norwich Fringe is launching today and this week the Norwich Fringe Team are encouraging engagement via social media (@hinorwichfringe or search Norwich Fringe).

For more information and to sign up to the mailing list or the online events, go to: www.norwichfringe.org.uk.


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