Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival 2018

by Isabelle Paige in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival 2018
We did it
On 19th March 2018 we successfully raised £1,030 with 44 supporters in 28 days

Theatre that is affordable for the performers AND the audience

by Isabelle Paige in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Photo credit: Dave Daggers at Hiraeth: I Didn't Get to Breathe Today by Frag(mental), CFTF 2017

Ever thought about going to see something at your local theatre and then been put off by the cost of the ticket?

(and if you're involved in the theatre industry: ever wondered how you can produce your piece without bankrupting yourself, and without depending on ever decreasing supplies of government arts funding?)

We have. We dreamed of a world where artists can afford to put on their work and the general public can afford to enjoy it.

So we thought: maybe together we can make it happen.

A Community Interest Company run by local volunteers, Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival was set up in 2016 to make theatre accessible for audiences and artists. This is achieved by:

● £10 maximum ticket price;

● bulk marketing which creates more of an impact for less money;

● artists provided with venues free of charge;

● venues provided with events that either complement their usual creative output OR bring new audiences through their doors.

We've been making this utopian dream a reality for two years so far,  with generous support from venues, sponsors and donors. Help us make it into our third festival and become part of a legacy of culture for everyone!

Photo credit: Dave Daggers at The End Of... Cabaret by Mary Bijou Cabaret and Social Club, CFTF 2017


When is this year's festival going to happen?

31st May - 16th June 2018.

What will the money be spent on?

Marketing the festival: design and print of flyers, posters and programmes; website maintenance, and hiring of poster podiums in the city centre.

The festival has been running for two years already without crowd funding. Why are you crowdfunding now?

Unfortunately one of our major sponsors has been unable to continue with us this year, so we are looking to fill that gap just long enough to find a new sponsor for the 2019 festival and beyond.

Can't you just use the money you get from ticket sales?

80% of the cost of each ticket goes to the artists who put on the production. We are using the 20% we have from last year's ticket sales, but it won't be enough to cover all our marketing costs.

Photo credit: Rhys Denton at 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist by YESYESNONO, CFTF 2017

CFTF 2017 in the Press

The Theatre Times - article

Buzz Magazine - interview

British Theatre Guide - review of Where Do Little Birds Go

Buzz Magazine - review of How To Build A Time Machine

The Reviews Hub - review of Stories for the Silver Tree

The Sprout - review of 5 Encounters on a site Called Craigslist and Nerdf*****

Get The Chance - review of Poetry Night


Whatever you can afford to give, whether a lot or a little, will help us. That's why we're offering everyone who supports us the same reward:  your name listed as a 'Fringe Angel' on our website. 

If you'd prefer we didn't display your name, just select 'anonymous' when you donate. 

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