TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - In light of COVID-19 impacts, the Tucson Fringe Festival 9.5 will have a virtual-only Festival free to the public.
There is no cost to watch any of the performances this year and instead of ticket sales, they have offered performers mini-grants from $200 to $500. 55 artists applied from all over the world, and the virtual event will present 19 of them in 26 performances over five days. The performers are from 14 states and 4 Countries. Seven returning performers and 13 brand new to the Tucson Fringe Festival. Five of the scheduled shows are from Tucson. As always, artists are selected by lottery.
Instead of artists paying an application fee and then claiming 100% of their box office, as is tradition, Tucson Fringe opted to operate this year’s Festival as a grant opportunity. Artists applied and requested grants up to $500 for the production of their shows. Tucson Fringe awarded $6,530 grants to Tucson Fringe Festival 9.5 performers.
The Tucson Fringe Festival 9.5 Virtual Fringe will be February 1 to 7, 2021. Live performances will be on Zoom from February 4 to 7, 2021 and pre-recorded performances will be on YouTube from Feb 1 to 14, 2021. Several pre-recorded shows will have live premieres on YouTube Live from February 1 to 4, 2021. All pre-recorded videos will not be available after February 14, 2021. You do not need to RSVP for any performances on YouTube.
Free live perfomance tickets are available on the Tucson Fringe Festival 9.5 Eventbrite page, along with show descriptions Who will win “Best of Tucson Fringe”? Audience members have a chance to vote for best writing, best solo performance, best ensemble, best overall performance, and more. For a complete list and more thorough descriptions of the shows, please see the additional attachment or visit their website: www.tucsonfringe.org.