FAQ

For Creatives

Do events have to be in English?

No, there are no restrictions.

For a start, some art forms such as mime, instrumental music and dance are inherently non-verbal.

Then an Italian opera is going to be in the Italian language. Ditto French, German, Russian, Chinese opera.

We’d love to have indigenous art forms in their native languages.

Finally we aim to be a truly international festival and welcome events in any language their performers wish to present them. That said, we really don’t know how to make the directory friendly for non-English speakers but are prepared to try.

Can I do live drawing or painting?

Sure. How you present it is up to you. Perhaps just show the art as it develops. Perhaps a split screen showing the artist on one side and the art on the other.

How long can events be?

As long or as short as your like. Time limits are artifacts of physical stages where the venue needs you out so someone else can be on the stage in 30 minutes. The festival is a multiplex with an unlimited number of stages. You’d be limited by the maximum length of your chosen streaming service, but not by us. We also don’t set a minimum length.

Even physical venues are getting flexible. During Auckland Fringe this year one group were running 4 hour shows & either this year or last another performer was running 5 or 10 minute (can’t remember which) one-on-one mini plays to a single audience member.

Can I do live gaming or other sports?

Yes. The festival is unjuried (open access). If you think what you want to do is a performing art we aren’t going to try and second guess you.

You might like to consider if you will benefit from being in this festival. The potential audience we are likely to attract may not be the right audience for sports.

For Performers

Do I have to be visible during my performance?

No. You could provide live audio for a pre-recorded video, or even just do an audio only event.

If you’re doing something like live gaming you would probably prefer to stream the game.

Live drawing? Show the art as it appears.

Do I have to be doing something live? Could I do an animation?

Each performance needs to have a live component to distinguish us from pre-recorded video libraries, but it is acceptable to mix live performance with pre-recorded material.

You could (for example) use green screen, aka chroma key, to place yourself live into an animation or you could have a full animation & provide the voice live.

Can you help me find an existing group?

Short answer, no.

Longer answer, we understand our art form, the further you get from that we have increasing difficulty sorting out a good example of a genre from a bad one.

Longest answer, we can’t help much but we would be open to creating some type of “performer looking for event”, “event looking for performer” list and leaving people to it. If you would benefit from one of these lists message us & we’ll see what we can do.

Can I present a work in progress?

As long as you are clear about it in your description, your event can be any performing art form. A work-in-progress such as readings from a partially written novel or book of poetry counts.

May I do something with another person?

Of course. We’re doing a play with 4 people in it. Groups have more than one person. Comedy skits typically have more than one.

Can I do multiple things?

For example, poetry one day & instrumental music the next?

You could do multiple different shows. The audience would expect to know what the show is going to be, so it would probably be best to make them different shows in the Fringe.

Can I Busk?

Several real life festivals support street performers, usually for a reduced or no registration fee.

We’d like to do this, but haven’t yet found out how to make it work.

How do I perform?

You need to live stream your show. There’s a number of technologies for this. Zoom, YouTube & Facebook live streaming seem popular, but each has its advantages & drawbacks.

If there’s just one of you and you don’t move around very much a set up as simple as Zoom or Facebook live streaming from a phone propped up with books or a laptop webcam might do.

If you have a group of creatives in the same room or you move around a lot you might find you need a camera operator.

If you have several creatives in different locations it gets complicated. We’ll come up with a guide later.

For Producers

Can you help me find cast members?

Short answer, no.

Longer answer, we understand our art form, the further you get from that we have increasing difficulty sorting out a good example of a genre from a bad one.

Longest answer, we can’t help much but we would be open to creating some type of “performer looking for event”, “event looking for performer” list and leaving people to it. If you would benefit from one of these lists message us & we’ll see what we can do.

I want to run two shows. Do I have to pay you twice?

Until at least the end of June you can register your show for free so the following will only be relevant if you register after then & we need to resume entry fees.

It depends what you mean by two (or 3, 4, 5 …) shows.

If you mean you want to run the same show on successive days, the timetabling software we’re using calls that a recurring event and we count that as the same show.

If it’s improv, no two shows are the same, but as long as the title and description are unchanged , it’s one show to us. no extra payment.

If you mean you want to run the same show in more than one season during the festival (e.g. to cater for different time-zones), our software will treat those as different shows, but as long as the title and description are unchanged we will treat them as one show, no extra payment.

If you are producing two shows that look different to potential audiences then, yes they are different to us as well, you’ll need to pay twice.

How do I get paid?

Sell tickets or ask for donations (e.g. “Pay what you like” or “koha”).

Many ticketing companies will handle tickets for virtual events & you can get them to mail out access keys (Invitations) to audience members.

Eventbrite, for one example, seems to handle this well.

If you live in a country for which PayPal.me is available you can ask for donations with a simple URL pasted to your page or live stream. It will look something like https://www.paypal.me/a-magic-code.

If you’d like a simple “Buy Now” or “Donate” button on your event’s page, we have written a custom PayPal helper to add these buttons, described here.

Unfortunately we have no equivalent to PayPal.me yet. If there’s enough interest we could have a try at implementing one. Ask in the Producers and Performers Facebook group.

How do I register my show?

There is a registration form that you need to complete once you know the details of your show.

You will need to follow something like the following steps (Full details in the linked page)

  1. Decide what sort of event you want to present and when
  2. Give it a name and write a description
  3. Create a graphics hero image for it
  4. Decide how you will stream it & if necessary register it with your preferred streaming service
  5. If you are ticketing your event, register it with an appropriate ticketing service
  6. Optionally create a Facebook event making Virtual Fringe a co-host for it
  7. Enter your event in our database.
  8. Send us the appropriate entry fee (If we restart charging)
  9. We’ll check your event listing & may have some follow up questions
  10. We make your event live once everything’s OK
  11. Perform it.

For Audiences

How do I find shows?

We will be listing all registered shows and events on our website (currently this one).

The producers of shows & events are encouraged to advertise their shows in addition to showing them here.

Where the producers of registered shows create a Facebook event they may request we include it on our Facebook page.

How do I watch shows?

There are a number of live streaming systems around. Twitch Facebook, Zoom & YouTube are very common. The producers (people putting on the show) or their ticketing agents will supply you with the information needed to watch their show.

General

What is a Festival?

Festival is defined by google search as “an organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.” I can’t speak to annually, but the place we are performing in the Internet. Oh, and we are doing live shows only so film is unlikely unless the performers are in front of a pre-recorded backdrop.

What are Performing Arts?

Performing arts means arts or skills that are a performance in front of a live audience. Examples of performing arts include acting, comedy, dance, magic, mime, opera, public speaking, singing, spoken word.

What does “Open Access” mean?

“Open Access” also known as “Unjuried” or “Uncurated” means that anyone can present a live show or event in the festival.

We don’t restrict people from performing anything that’s legal.

Other than requesting live shows only, we don’t vet the content of shows.

I have a different question

We can’t answer all questions in a FAQ, feel free to send it to us as a Facebook message.