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Open calls for the Reykjavík Fringe Festival

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Apply to take part in the Reykjavík Fringe Festival! The deadline for the open call is 4 January 2020. The festival itself takes place at the height of summer in downtown Reykjavík, 4-12 July 2020. This is an international open arts festival that offers theatre, dance, stand up comedy, drag shows, cabaret, circus, workshops, films, magic and so much more. Most shows take place in English, Icelandic or are non-verbal. Young people and artists that are new to the scene are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application form is not limited to Reykjavík Fringe, since the festival is a part of the Nordic Fringe Network that has 8 festivals in 6 countries. Zagare Fringe in Lithuania is bi-annual and not a part of the program in 2020, but applicants can still choose to apply for up to 7 festivals in 5 countries and tour their show to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland besides Iceland.

Festival director Nanna Gunnars has this to say: "This is a unique opportunity for artists to make Nordic connections, and even connections beyond the Nordic countries. Iceland is ideally located right between North America and Europe, meaning that Reykjavík is a melting pot of locals and international tourists with good English skills. With the festival taking place in July it's a good time to polish the show before taking it to Edinburgh Fringe, whilst enjoying Reykjavík at the height of summer and networking under the midnight sun. We also love that we are helping to strengthen the bond between the Nordic festivals, with many artists choosing to tour their shows to several Nordic countries."

The application fee for Reykjavík Fringe is 5000 ISK / 35 Euro / 40 USD. The festival offers venues and technical assistance along with plenty of networking events. Note that the festival does not cover accommodation, transport costs or a performance fee - but all profit from ticket sales goes directly to the artist. On the 4th of January 2020 there will be the Halfway to Fringe party at Hlemmur Square, where the festival will be introduced with plenty of entertainment, drinks and nibbles.

Further information and the application form can be found at