Our Response to the Covid-19 Crisis
Fringe At Home
Can you imagine surviving through this current crisis without access to the internet?
Without social media or Skype?
What about Netflix or Catch Up Tv?
No nor can we, but so many in our communities are isolating without internet access or social media. We want to make sure the people in our communities who are most vulnerable during these uncertain times can still enjoy theatre, comedy, poetry and more from the comfort of their own homes. Entertainment and laughter promote positive mental well-being, we need to make sure everyone has the tools they need to stay positive during this global pandemic.
Funds raised will enable us to deliver DVDs and printed materials featuring shows and content from our Digital Festival in July and other contributing artists to care facilities, organisations e.g. Food Banks, groups and individuals e.g our network of Key Workers. who work with vulnerable people and those isolating without internet access.
We have adapted - Just like all of you
Bradford Fringe Festival was due to take place in theatres, pubs and event spaces across Bradford City Centre from Saturday 4th July until Tuesday 4th August. With all these closed for the foreseeable future, we are taking our festival online using Facebook, Zoom and other online platforms.
Our team are adapting day by day and are very proud of how we have pulled together to create a programme and platform for digital events, with massive thanks to all contributors.
We rely in the main on ticket sales as our source of income not only to sustain the festival and our volunteers but also to provide income for our contributor and we have been hit hard by the cancellation of the live element of our festival. Funds raised will also enable us to provide resources and support for our artists.
Bradford Fringe Festival started when 5 female creatives noticed the lack of open access to arts, comedy and cultural events in Bradford City Centre for those without an established platform and decided to create their own grassroots volunteer led festival.
We create a platform for undiscovered and emerging talent as well as more established local and national artists.
Hosted by Bloomin' Buds Theatre Company, which was established in October 2014 to increase access to opportunities in the arts to working class communities. Katie Mahon, Artistic Director at Bloomin'Buds has a BA Hons Theatre and Performance in Industry and an MA Applied Theatre and Intervention. Bloomin' Buds carries out this work out by creating plays that are verbatim, so they are all based on the real life stories of working class communities. Their most recent play Brenda's got a baby was toured to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, as well as New York in 2019 and other national northern venues. We also run workshops in community centres, schools and youth centres as well carrying out work in community settings.