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Dublin Fringe Festival are offering a €2000 development bursary for live performance

Dublin Fringe Festival are offering a €2000 development bursary for live performance

Dublin Fringe Festival are offering an idea development bursary for future live performance for five artists to the tune of €2000 for each artist.

The Dream On bursary is open until this Thursday.

Details below or on the Fringe site.


2020 may have limited  actions, but we  must  ensure that it doesn’t limit ambitions. Dublin Fringe Festival are supporting future planning that starts art first.  


This bursary will support  five individual artists with a €2000 bursary to develop ambitious new ideas for live performance.  We want  artists to lead the way with their bold ideas, their radical approaches, their plans for better practice.  

The bursary will give the artists time to think about the performance they want to make and how they want to make it.  

Criteria for selection:  

  • A contemporary, consequent, and singular idea  for a future live performance 
  • Demonstration  of  how  the  project will be radical in form, thematic approach or audience engagement 
  • A clear vision for the development work you will undertake with this bursary 
  • Experience, skill and potential as an interdisciplinary, contemporary  performance maker  
  • We particularly welcome applications from  artists that defy the mainstream and  those who are typically under-represented in the arts community 

Who  should  apply?  

  • Individual artists whose work fuses more than one discipline  (across comedy, live art, music, cabaret, digital art, circus, theatre and dance) 
  • Artists with an experimental practice  and  a  fresh approach to performance medium and style  
  • Irish  artists  or  artists  based in Ireland
  • Practicing artists, not currently in full-time education  

This bursary is for the development of an idea for live performance, including areas such as:  

  • Writing, composing, creating, devising, etc.
  • Research: content, collaborators, context, style references
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • ​​​​Consideration of working practices and accessibility
  • ​​​​​​​The bursary covers a fee for the artist’s time and the purchase of any essential research materials

What we’ll ask of  bursary recipients:  

  • Dream big​​​​​​​
  • Meet with  Dublin  Fringe  Festival’s  Artistic team to talk about your brilliant idea 
  • Share a short written/ video reflection about your discoveries to share with the Dublin Fringe Festival community after this development period  

To apply you will need:   

  • A  development  proposal  to develop your idea  for a brand-new piece of contemporary work (350 words  max)
  • A demonstration of  how this idea is radical in form, thematic approach or audience engagement  (350 words max)
  • ​​​​​​​Timeline and scope of work that you’ll undertake  with the bursary  (300 words  max)   
  • Artist  Information  including  biog  and  summary of  past work  (300  words max)  

 To apply please fill out this  form by  5pm on Thursday 19 November.  Offers will be communicated by 4 December 2020. 

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