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Brighton Fringe Wave One Bursaries: Winners Announced!

Each year, Brighton Fringe partners with local and national charities, companies and organisations to offer out various bursaries for participants. These bursaries have a range of offerings, such as free registrations or marketing support, along with bursary criteria relevant to their interests and missions, ranging from supporting participants on low income, to elevating groups from marginalised communities. We had a great variety of bursaries available in wave one of our bursary period, which supported a total of eleven Brighton Fringe 2023 events. 


Encore Insure Brighton Fringe Bursaries 

Encore Insure, our recommended insurance company for Brighton Fringe 2023 events, supported five events in this years festival. The bursary sought projects which fell into the categories of Circus, Dance & Physical Theatre, Literature & Spoken Word, and Theatre, helping creatives share their work without the limit of extortionate budgets. Winners were granted free registration for their Brighton Fringe 2023 event, thanks to Encore Insure.  

The winners of the Encore Insure Brighton Fringe Bursary were: 


South East Dance Bursary 

South East Dance, an arts charity working with dance professionals and hoping to make the South East a thriving home for dance, supported one project with their Brighton Fringe 2023 bursary. They wanted to support a Brighton Fringe show that centred around movement, dance and/or choreography. South East Dance provided the winner of the bursary with a package of support, which included free registration fees for their Brighton Fringe 2023 event, an artist advisory session with a producer at South East Dance, and in-kind marketing and social media assistance for their show.  

The winner of the South East Dance Bursary was: 


UrbanFlo Creative: Irene Mensah Bursary 

UbanFlo Creative, a Brighton-based company seeking to promote inclusion and diversity in the arts, supported one project through their Irene Mensah bursary this year. The bursary was named after their dear friend and colleague who sadly passed away in 2013. The aim of this bursary was to support an artistic project that engaged with marginalised and/or vulnerable communities, as well as being an event centred around African & Asian Art Forms, Urban Art Forms, Spoken Word, Physical Theatre or Visual Art. The winner of this bursary received free registration fees for their Brighton Fringe 2023 event.  

The winner of the UrbanFlo Creative: Irene Mensah Bursary was: 


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Bird & Blend CommuniTEA Bursary 

Bird & Blend Tea Co., an independent tea company on a mission to spread happiness and reimagine tea, supported two Brighton Fringe 2023 events through their CommuniTEA Bursary. This bursary sought projects which engage with the local community and connects with a community theme or topic, whilst also benefitting or being organised by a community group/organisation. The winners of this bursary received free registration fees for their event, marketing support on the Bird & Blend social media accounts, and rehearsal space at the Bird & Blend store. 

The winners of the Bird & Blend CommuniTEA Bursary were: 


Brighton Fringe Staff Bursaries 

Brighton Fringe staff members receive one free registration for the festival each year, but not all staff have an event they wish to register. Instead, team members can offer these registration fee waivers out to participants through our staff bursaries scheme. This year, Marketing Manager Rhiannon and Head of Operations and Development Amy Keogh offered their free registrations out to individuals with a solo project on a low income, or group projects with two or more individuals on a low income.  

The winners of Amy & Rhiannon’s Brighton Fringe Staff Bursaries were: 

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