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2022 Saskatoon Fringe Festival information and applications open Fall/Winter 2021! Stay tuned!
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25th Street Theatre has cultivated a long and excellent reputation with performers and our host families. Performers have enjoyed coming to Saskatoon and coming back again because of the comfortable, friendly atmosphere created by the great hospitality of our host families. For their part, our hosts and host families have also enjoyed their time billeting performers. Both performers and hosts have expressed that billeting was a wonderful experience and a great way to meet new and interesting people.
Hosts are asked to provide a safe, clean, private place for performers to sleep and access to full bathroom facilities. Usually the hosts are very generous with their hospitality and offer use of laundry, kitchen, and other items but this is not required.
We encourage both parties to discuss their needs, habits, and expectations and remind the performers that customs and living habits differ between countries, provinces, and even house to house. What seems perfectly reasonable to one person may not be so for another. Open conversations and questions are the best way to get to know each other and resolve any habits that may seem out of place.
Billeting is an integral part of the Fringe festival. Because of our hosts and billeting program, 25th Street Theatre can provide Saskatoon Fringers with a greater variety of performances, stories, and entertainment from all over the world. Billeting provides more artists the opportunity to perform here in Saskatoon by offsetting the artist’s costs of traveling to, and performing in, our 10-day festival.
Thanks to our hosts, Saskatoon continues to enjoy a wide variety of Fringe Theatre performances, and more artists have been able to experience our city and share their stories with us.
Hosts will receive show vouchers that are redeemable at any show at the Saskatoon Fringe Festival.
25th Street Theatre Centre Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization that produces the annual, landmark cultural event known as the Saskatoon Fringe Festival.
As one of the major summer festivals in Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Fringe Festival, offers a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities, and we would love to chat with you about how we can create a mutually beneficial sponsorship arrangement. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us here or send us an email directly to email@example.com.
When do applications open?
Registration for all artistic participants will open Fall/Winter 2021. The exact date is TBD!
When is the Festival?
The 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival will run from July 29th – August 7th, 2021. Preview will take place July 28th at 7:30 pm.
Tech times for theatre artists will take place between July 26th – 29th, 2021.
What protocols will be put in place for COVID-19 safety?
Currently, the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival is only accepting in-person performance applications for local and national (Canadian residing) artists.
All international participants of any kind are only eligible for the online performance option.
There will be a reduced number of slots available for performances at our 2021 Festival.
Each venue will be operating with reduced and appropriately distanced audiences. We are also offering digital programming from our artists at the Refinery as well as our international artists.
At present, masks will be required of all patrons, staff, and volunteers at all venues, at all times, and our staff and volunteers will be following and enforcing all public health orders.
As of June 22, 2021, masks will not be required at the outdoor sites or venues. Masks are still to be worn by artists, patrons, volunteers, and staff while in the indoor venues. More information will be updated as we near closer to the festival dates.
What are the payment options for my application fee?
When will the registration fee be due?
The in-person theatre application fee is $75 (non-refundable) and must be paid within 48 hours of submitting your application to be considered for the 2021 lottery.
Once payment has been received, you will be fully registered as a part of our 2020 Theatre Festival Lottery. Good luck!
The digital theatre registration is $100 and must be paid within 24 hours to confirm your slot.
*If you are selected to participate in the Diverse Voices Program, the registration fee will be waived.
What is the last day to withdraw for a full refund?
For theatre artists, the 2021 in-person participation fee is between $125-600, depending on your selected performance type/venue. Should you need to withdraw from the Festival, your fee will be refunded (minus a $85 refund administration fee) IF we are able to fill your space with another artist from our waitlist.
All in-person participation fees are non-refundable after March 31, 2021.
What are the administration fees on ticket prices?
The administration fees for ticket prices are $4.
Tickets for in-person performances are set at $12 + $4 administration fee, making $16 for the public to purchase.
Digital content will also apply this $4 fee, but the base ticket price is set by the artists.
Can I set my own ticket price?
For programming at The Broadway, The Refinery, The Outdoor Stage, and The Touring Show, the ticket prices are set firm at $16, including the $4 administration fee.
Digital programming and the filmed content from The Refinery will have ticket prices set by the respective artists, also including the $4 administration fee.
What are the theatre performance options and venues?
The in-person venues available for the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival are:
- The Broadway Theatre
- The Refinery
- W. E. Graham Park
There will also be performances available online, on-demand. Digital performances will also have screening times at The Broadway Theatre during the festival.
What is the deal with the outdoor stage? Will I be performing on grass?
Nope! We’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor, covered stage available for the Outdoor Theatre Venue. You’ll be performing on a raised stage with lighting and sound equipment provided.
Should the weather turn sour and unsafe for performances, we will postpone accordingly.
How many performances will I get?
The performances at The Broadway Theatre, The Refinery, and The Outdoor Stage will have 7 performances each.
Digital performances will be available at all times, on-demand, online, but one show will be selected as “Best of Fest” and will be screened at the Broadway Theatre.
What is the maximum length my show can be?
In-person performances can be between 45 – 60 minutes.
Digital performances can be between 20-60 minutes.
Will a technician be provided?
Yes! Each venue is equip with a technician.
Do I have to provide my own stage manager?
In previous years of the festival, it was required for every show to bring a stage manager to manage and operate the sound queues, leaving our technicians to run the lighting cues.
In order to reduce the number of technical personnel in the venue, we are no longer requiring each show to bring a stage manager.
However, if your technical requirements are over and above what we deem reasonable for one technician to operate, the festival will require you to bring a stage manager. For example: you need a mic for your performers and someone to manage the mic levels throughout the performance, we will require you to have a stage manager.
What are the options for billeting?
We are still working on securing safe, appropriate housing options for our national artists, but we are not able to guarantee billeted accommodations at this time. More information will be available at a later date.
If you are applying from across Canada and will require billeting, or have specific questions regarding billeting, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.