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Free Registration

We have decided to make registration free(ish) at least through the end of June.

What do we mean by free(ish)?

It means you won’t need to pay us money to be in the festival but there are things we’d like you to do instead.

We’ll need to fund this in other ways. but it also means that we aren’t going to have the funds for advertising, at least in the early stages.

What effect will this have on the festival?

A festival needs 3 things:

  • People producing events or shows.
  • An audience for those events & shows.
  • A way to connect the audience to the shows

We were going to use most of the early registrations to pay to advertise the festival to attract performers and the rest to pay for temps and services.

We were going to use a reasonable chunk of later registrations to attract audiences.

We won’t have that money now.

What would we like you to do instead of paying?

First, if you’re a Facebook user, please go to Facebook, like our page & invite all your fans and colleagues to do the same. The more people we can attract now, hopefully the more people we will be able to convince to produce or attend shows.

If you’re thinking of doing a show in Virtual Fringe, register it earlier rather than later. The more shows that are registered, the better the festival looks to potential producers, and the more likely it is to attract audiences.

Funding

We’ve reduced what we expect to spend. To make some income we have requested a Patreon page and will publish our Paypal account. We will really appreciate any donations people care to make.

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For Performers For Producers

Webinars, National Arts Festival

The largest arts festival in Africa, the National Arts Festival, took their festival on-line this year.

As part of this they produced a series of webinars for performers and producers and have published them to YouTube.

A chance to learn from the experts.

Their channel is here.

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Video tips on performing

We’ve created some short videos to help with performing live streamed stand-up comedy. They should be useful for many other art forms.

Setting up a performing area for live streaming stand-up comedy.

Primarily designed for people livestreaming live comedy, it might be useful for solo performers in other art forms with similar requirements.
Framing For Live Streaming Comedy

Primarily designed for people livestreaming live comedy in this video I talk about how to get yourself positioned well in the picture you are making. It might be useful for solo performers in other art forms with similar requirements
Lighting For Live Streaming Standup

Tips for lighting livestreamed stand-up comedy. Possibly useful for solo performers in art forms with similar requirements

Thank you

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Slightly longer

After discussions with some people who wish to produce their shows for different audience time-zones we’ve extended the festival by a week.

It will now run from 14 August to 7 September.

Ironically our initial plan was to do 3 weeks but to give more time for development we shifted the start date. Wish we’d shifted the end date at the same time.

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Virtual Busking

We don’t know how to do it yet, but if possible we’d like to include busking in the festival.

Because of busking’s ephemeral and hectic nature, it probably won’t be a good fit for a site promoting an entire festival so we’ve created a related site Virtual-Busking.com especially for busking once we know how to do it. For now it allows potential buskers to let us know they’d like to be notified either of progress or when we go live.

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Save The Dates

We’ve chosen the dates for the festival. 14th to August to 7th September 2020. That’s New Zealand Time, so it might be the 13th for you depending on your timezone.

We’ll start taking entries on the 11th or 12th of June.

See you there.

NB: An earlier version of this post had a different end date.

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Planning Survey

We’re very keen to go ahead with our open access live streamed fringe festival but first need to know what creatives and audiences need and want from a virtual fringe. We’ve created a brief survey, the answers to which will directly shape the festival.

Please take 5 to 10 minutes completing it so we know your thoughts.

Click here to answer the survey.

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