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Open Call for Expressions of Interest for Fringe 2021

Open Call for Expressions of Interest for Fringe 2021

show your intention to be part of the NAF Fringe in 2021

Our approach to receiving your proposals to present work on the Fringe has changed. This Expression of Interest form is our first engagement with fringe artists and producers, and we will follow up with you to discuss the options and costs once we have established the demand for live and digital Fringe productions.

As you know, the feasibility of hosting a live festival will depend on South Africa’s status with regard to COVID-19 regulations. The Festival team is also still establishing what venues and dates may be available for the 2021 Festival given the disruptions to the school and university calendars.

This form invites you to express your interest in participating in the Fringe 2021, either live or digitally, and give us some information about what work you are considering presenting on this year’s Fringe.

In response to your Expression of Interest, we will to secure venues for the presentation of live work and record live works or create fully digital works in dispersed venues across the country. With your feedback we are will be able to determine to what extent we can subsidise filming and/or venue hire fees in this difficult time for our sector. At this stage we have not determined registration fees (if any) for live work on the Fringe and will continue to offer our vFringe platform free of charge with a 90/10 revenue split in favour of artists.

Please note that this Expression of Interest does not commit you in any way to presenting work or paying fees of any kind.

submissions for the 2021 fringe have now closed.

Is This for Me?

Just to be sure you are in the right place, please consider this short list of Do’s and Don’ts before proceeding to fill in the form:


Do submit a Fringe Expression of Interest Form if you would normally apply for the Fringe.

Do submit a Fringe Expression of Interest Form for an In-Real-Life work or a work for an online platform;

Do submit a Fringe Expression of Interest Form for existing works;

Do submit a Fringe Expression of Interest Form for new works


Don’t use this form to apply for the Main/Curated Programme, the Arena, the Student Festival, Creativate Digital Arts Festival, Standard Bank Jazz Festival or the Village Green

We hosted an information webinar on 4th February at 2pm to discuss the #NAF2021 Fringe . If you missed it you can watch the recording here

 to find out more but please also feel free to email us on