One of the initiatives to stimulate the promotion of Fringe artists in the Dutch field are the Amsterdam Fringe Awards and the associated Best of Fringe Tour. A jury of (inter) national curators, agents and Fringe alumni visit the entire festival and select the three best Dutch productions and the winner of the International Bursary. All winners can use the label “Best of Fringe 2020″ to promote their performance.
Fringe Awards and the Best of Fringe Tour
- The three best Dutch productions win a free spot at the next festival and a place in the Best of Fringe Tour (winter 2021), along several theatres in the Netherlands: Utrecht (Theater Kikker), Amsterdam (Theater Bellevue), Den Haag (Het Nationale Theater / Zaal 3), Rotterdam (Theater Walhalla) and Arnhem (Theater a/d Rijn).
- To be eligible for the Best of Fringe selection, an artist needs to be based in the Netherlands or Belgium and your show must be able to travel to the Dutch theaters.
- The jury will also select the winner of the International Bursary, a sum of € 3.500, which the winning artists can use to play the show at a Fringe Festival abroad.
- Conditions: performance must be able to travel (internationally) and be translatable to English or be in English or LNP.
Next Best Fringe Award
Amsterdam Fringe encourages artistic experiment. Sometimes, this may result in a performance that turned out differently than you expected or hoped for. Or, you may realize after the festival that you’d like to continue working on your project because it did not achieve its ultimate form yet.
This is why Amsterdam Fringe in collaboration with ICK Amsterdam and Het Huis Utrecht will grant the Next Best Fringe Award: consisting of a residency (studio space + coaching) at ICK Amsterdam and/or Het Huis Utrecht and a guaranteed spot at Amsterdam Fringe 2021 to show the new version of the work.
To be eligible to win this award you need to nominate yourself by sending a letter of motivation (max. 750 wrds) about why you’d want to continue working on your performance and how you will change/improve your artistic experiment this time around. You can send in your nomination from 14 – 27 September 2020 to email@example.com; Please mention ‘Nomination Next Best Fringe’ as the subject of your email.
The residencies will take place in the summer of 2021. The new version of your performance will be presented at Amsterdam Fringe 2021 (2-12 September).