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Records broken, big plans and new directions!

19 December 2016

Records broken, big plans and new directions!

PRESS RELEASE: Dublin Fringe Festival marks a landmark year and looks forward to 2017

Following a sensational year of artistic successes and box office bests, Dublin Fringe Festival is looking forward to an exciting 2017. The country’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrated a record-breaking edition this year with over 35,000 attendees to hundreds of performances in September 2016, welcoming over 6,000 more audience members than the year before. For sixteen days and nights, the festival hub and spectacular Spiegeltent at Merrion Square drew crowds over 11,000 including for the hottest ticket in town, RIOT.

Surpassing audience numbers for the last ten years, Fringe recorded its highest ticket revenue since 2006 with 73% capacity achieved across the festival. 645 artists including renowned international performers and Ireland’s brightest makers enlivened the capital with a kaleidoscope of theatre, dance, music, comedy, circus, cabaret and live art.

As ever, Dublin Fringe Festival fuels innovation. FRINGE LAB, a year-round artist support and training facility in the heart of Temple Bar, welcomed over 200 artists through its doors for 7,000 hours of development work in the past twelve months. FRINGE LAB provides space, training, workshops and professional development to independent artists for free or at super low cost. In 2017, Fringe will mark the fifth birthday of FRINGE LAB, an initiative to nurture Irish artists and support those representing the future of Irish arts and culture. Events will take place throughout 2017 to celebrate this important landmark including FRINGE FUSE – themed nights showcasing Ireland’s emerging talent, specially curated by Fringe ambassadors. Further details will be announced in the new year.

After three years of a dynamic, award-winning partnership, Dublin Fringe Festival and title sponsor Tiger Beer embark on new and separate paths. Going out on a high, the record-breaking numbers and artistic triumphs of 2016 mark a fitting closure for a partnership that has helped enable Fringe to vibrantly unleash creativity for Irish audiences and raised the bar for arts sponsorship in the State since 2014. With ambitious plans for 2017 and beyond, Dublin Fringe Festival looks forward to exciting new partnerships and opportunities as it breaks new ground and grows to even greater heights.

 “Fringe 2016 was a knockout year for the festival. Audiences flocked to venues across the city in unprecedented numbers to discover the best of Irish and international arts and culture. We’re thrilled by the response from festival-goers as they witnessed the stellar achievements of ground-breaking performing artists. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with our title sponsorship with Tiger Beer over the last three years. As Fringe grows, we are excited to develop new creative relationships in 2017 and beyond. ” – Kris Nelson, Festival Director

“From winning Best Overall Sponsorship and Best Arts Sponsorship at the 2014 Irish Sponsorship Awards to being part of the success of the 2015 Fringe and their landmark 2016 edition, Heineken Ireland has enjoyed three great years partnering with Ireland’s most dynamic arts festival. We wish it every bit of its deserved success in the years to come.” – Kathryn D’Arcy, Heineken Ireland


Planning is well underway for the next year of Fringe, with festival dates confirmed as 9 – 24 September 2017. As ever, Dublin will be transformed as incredible creative talent takes centre stage for sixteen days and nights. Fringe 2017 will provide audiences with meaningful, exciting and unforgettable cultural experiences. Applications for the 23rd edition of the world’s only fully curated Fringe festival open in January 2017. Further programme announcements will be made early next year.

Dublin Fringe Festival is core funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland.



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