Fringe fest facilitates fresh connections, content on stage

The organisers of the Cape Town Fringe Festival say they are pleased with the connections and content produced by the annual arts event.

Festival producer Ashraf Johaardien says the pilot of the multi-venue festival format this year has led to many uplifting partnerships, despite concerns about poor audience turnout at some locations.

The Fringe put theatre at the centre of the local communities with 14 performance spaces across the metro for audiences to explore.

Attendance at outlying venues and recreational facilities versus support at established theatre spaces in the city centre has been somewhat skewed.

I'm very happy that we were brave enough to make the change.

Ashraf Johaardien, Executive Producer of the Cape Town Fringe Festival

What I'm very happy about is the kind of content we've been able to bring to those spaces that isn't normally there.

Ashraf Johaardien, Executive Producer of the Cape Town Fringe Festival

I'm a little bit disappointed that audiences from other spaces that we were hoping to cross-market has happened less than we thought.

Ashraf Johaardien, Executive Producer of the Cape Town Fringe Festival

The hope was to amplify and activate audiences through the entire circuit. Some venues have been more successful than others.

Ashraf Johaardien, Executive Producer of the Cape Town Fringe Festival

He says festival management has taken some lessons away from the feedback from hybrid programme this year.

The Cape Town Fringe will run until 8 October, with a range of captivating shows and performances.

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