Participate in the Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work free of a selection process. The Fringe Festival takes place over 18 days in July with over 140 productions, with roughly 800 individual performances, showcasing 5,000 artists for over 30,000 patrons each year. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. It is just the place for you to showcase your most daring, raw and authentic live performance work. For some of you, it may be a once-a-year opportunity, and for others, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create, produce and perform a show. We encourage our participating artists to express their talents and to develop their artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers between their work and the audience. For your part, we're calling on you to keep challenging us, keep bringing us art and stories that is relevant and exciting. There’s room for everything at the Fringe – because your voice is important, and we want to give it a home.

Capital Fringe's Fringe Festival is entering our tenth anniversary year. The 2015 Fringe Festival hub will be at our new home located in Trinidad at 1358 Florida Ave NE. The space will offer two performance venues and an outdoor beer garden. Performance venues will be located in the H Street and Brookland neighborhoods with a shuttle bus for artists and audiences.

How to Participate in the Fringe Festival

Applications for Fringe Run Venues are now closed and all Fringe Run Venue artists for the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival are confirmed. Applications for the 2016 Fringe Festival will open in October, 2015.

Applications for Find Your Own Venues are now closed. Applicants will be contacted by mid-March regarding the status of their application.

There are two ways to participate in the Fringe Festival - in a Fringe Run Venue or you can Find Your Own Venue. For both routes, these rules apply:

  1. Only one production or project per producing-identity.
  2. All productions that are part of the Fringe Festival must begin within the dates of the Festival.
  3. We do not accept TBA projects or incomplete applications or proposals.
  4. Once you have applied with one project or production you cannot change to another project or production.
  5. Most projects or productions are 70 to 90 minutes with low-tech needs. We do not have a limit on length – but shows between 70 and 90 minutes have proven to be the most successful.
  6. We only accept online submissions to the Fringe Festival.
  7. Box Office Revenue checks are mailed to all participants 15 business days after the close of the Fringe Festival.
  8. Tickets are $12 to $17 - accessible to all economic brackets. All attendees must purchase a Fringe button, good for admission to the Festival, plus discounts around the DC Metro area throughout the year.
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