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What are we looking for


We are an open-access Fringe that believes it's good to be different. With that in mind, we are looking for bold/ out-of-the-box performances. 

  • We are specifically looking for ORIGINAL or REIMAGINED work

  • Between 40-60mins

  • In-person events that take place from Friday 25th October to Sunday 3rd November 2024 

  • Your show should only require basic lighting and sound.

  • We encourage applications by artists from under-represented groups. We understand the economic and structural barriers that prevent such artists from performing and we look to counter these within our fringe model (as seen below).

What you get

  • 60/40 split (Artists will receive 60% of their own ticket revenue)

  • We will place you in one of our fringe-managed venues 

  • 2-8 performances

  • Technical Operator available for all your performances 

  • Listed in our official fringe programme (distributed throughout the city and the surrounding area) 

  • Marketing support

  • The chance to win some of our awards

  • Discounted accommodation/ housing if you're from out-of-town

  • A Fun FRINGEY Week!



Selection Process

  • Juried (Our artists/ companies will be selected based on the application they provide).

  • We are aiming for our programme to consist of 50% (Local/ East Anglian), 25% (National) and 25% (International) companies.

  • Selected Artists will have a deadline to accept their place and to pay their relevant fees. If they miss this deadline then their place will be allocated to another applicant. 



Tickets will be priced at £8 for audiences and £5 for fringe artists. We may introduce some multi-buy/ discounted deals in 2024, but this will be made clear to selected artists when contracts are sent out.


All of our venues are Fringe-Managed. This means that unlike other Fringes as an artist, you do not have to find your own space. Instead, you tell us what type of venue you see your work in, the number of performances that you would like to do and your technical needs. And we will find the right venue based on the information you give us.


Selected Artists will be required to pay a fee depending on the level of venue/ number of performances they request within their application form (detailed belowand a £100 refundable deposit (returned to you after the completion of your performances post-festival).

We cannot guarantee that selected artists will be allocated their first-choice level of venue. So, within your application we will ask you for your 1st & 2nd choices. 

Other Ways to Take-part

Additionally, if you feel that you have a show/idea that fits outside of our standard system (detailed above), we would still love to hear from you. So please get in touch if you feel your show sits outside of these categories. 



Important Dates

14th February 2024: Applications Open


7th April 2024: Applications Close

May 2024: Selected Artists will be contacted

How to Apply

You will need to create a profile on Eventotron. It is free and super easy to do.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

1) Go to and click the Login / Sign Up button


2) Enter your email address in the ‘New Users’ box then click ‘Register’. You will receive a password by email very quickly. If you haven’t received a password within five minutes, please check your spam / junk email. If it’s not there, please email  and they will get you sorted out ASAP.

3) Once you have signed up and successfully logged in, click Festivals and Seasons and type 'Colchester Fringe' into the search bar.


4) Hit that magic orange APPLY button and then input your show info!  


If you have any issues at all, please email



Applications close on Sunday 7th April 2024 at 23:59pm.

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