Booking for the inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival, to run from September 25, has opened after the unveiling earlier this week of the Fringe’s new website and online booking system.
This Fringe is the newest addition to the city’s arts calendar and will offer a programme dominated by theatre, with comedy, performance art, music and some jazz. “The Fringe model is a very sexy one which creates win-win partnerships between organisers, artists and audiences. It has proven its successes around the world but is still a relatively new concept in South Africa, but we think there is scope for it to grow,” says CEO Tony Lankester.
Close to 160 applications were received and the end result is a programme with over 100 productions staged mainly in the iconic City Hall, as well as the Alexander Bar, Hiddingh Hall, The Dragon Room, Galloway Theatre, the German Club and The Crypt.
A Pop-up restaurant will be set up in the City Hall as a Fringe Club, serving coffee, pizza and with a full bar that will stay open until late. Audiences attending lunchtime performances can pre-order a sandwich and drink as part of a ‘give us your lunch hour, we’ll give you a show’ special.
All the shows on offer are listed on the website and programmes are available from Exclusive Book stores in the Western Cape. It is also available from other outlets listed on the website, and also as a PDF download.
The Cape Town Fringe is organised by The National Arts Festival, a member of the prestigious World Fringe Alliance – a grouping of nine Fringe Festivals which, collectively, reach an audience of over three million people.
* Bookings can be done online at www.capetownfringe.co.za, or by calling 086 000 2014.