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Fringe Indigenous Artist Program
Intrepid Theatre, producer of the Victoria Fringe, is located on the traditional and unceded territories, of the Lekwungen People, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We are committed to offering creative opportunities to artists and audiences, and building inclusive festivals that connect diverse communities through performance.
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WHAT IS THE FRINGE INDIGENOUS ARTIST PROGRAM? The Fringe IAP is in its 4th year and provides access and mentorship for local artists who identify as Indigenous, and wish to produce work as part of the Victoria Fringe. The program incorporates collaborative mentorship, access to resources and support to strengthen participating artist’s producing skill-set and artistic practice based on their predetermined goals. The framework for the first Fringe IAP was devised by Two Spirit artist and activist John Aitken (who is of Coast Salish, Haida and Scottish ancestry) and Intrepid Theatre staff in 2017. Hy’ch-ka Siem to John for his invaluable input in shaping this program.
WHAT IS THE FRINGE? The Victoria Fringe is an un-juried, uncensored international theatre festival that takes place each summer in venues around Victoria in late August – early September. Participating companies/artists bring their fully-produced shows to the festival, and receive 100% of their box office revenue. Ticket prices are affordable so the festival is accessible to the widest possible audience. Fringe artists have complete creative freedom and shows are not censored in any way.
WHAT HAS THE EXPERIENCE OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS BEEN? You can read a series of interviews with Fringe IAP artists: John Aitken 2017, Logan Keewatin Richards 2018, Nyla Carpentier 2019, Elowynn Rose 2020/21.
HOW DOES THE LOTTERY WORK? It is free to apply to the Fringe IAP lottery and if drawn as part of the Victoria Fringe, the successful artist will be provided with a bursary for the entire $620 participation fee. If you are not drawn for the Fringe IAP slot, your application will automatically go into the Fringe general lottery (drawn on January 15). Participants will be required to self-produce their project and responsible for all risk associated with it.
WHO IS IT FOR? This program is open to any artists living in Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth or Kwakwaka’wakw territory who self-identify as Indigenous (includes First Nations, Métis and Inuit, proof of status not required), and assists artists who are looking to produce a show in the Victoria Fringe. As an open-access festival, the Victoria Fringe welcomes applications from a wide range of performance styles, traditions and artistic disciplines – anything goes at the Fringe!
WHAT DO FRINGE IAP ARTISTS RECEIVE?
- Mentorship from April – September. Mentorship and timeline are determined in collaboration with the participating artist in response to your overall goals and learning focus, and created in the first month of the program.
- Free entry into the IAP Fringe lottery ($30 registration fee) + Bursary for participation fee into the Fringe Festival ($620 fee)
- Access to rehearsal space at the Intrepid Theatre Club, subject to availability
HOW TO APPLY
The “Primary Contact” is the individual responsible for the application to the lottery and producing the Fringe show, and will be the sole contact for that company/production for festival staff. The “Primary Contact” must self-identify as Indigenous to qualify for the Fringe IAP.
QUESTIONS? Contact Sammie Gough, Fringe Producer: firstname.lastname@example.org /250-383-2663. Or drop by Intrepid Theatre to find out more info – Fisgard at Blanshard next to Serious Coffee (M-F, 10am – 5pm).
Pictured above: John Aitken and Shelley MacDonald in The Gift, (Fringe IAP 2017). Image credit Roy Mulder.