Update 18 March 2020, 10:00
Following the announcement by the UK Government urging the general public not to visit “pubs, clubs, or theatres” and advice from Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Fringe has announced that it will be postponing the festival, due to run 1 - 31 May, until September/October 2020.
Brighton Fringe has contacted participating venues, artists, staff, partners and funders and issued a public statement from Brighton Fringe CEO Julian Caddy:
“On behalf of the thousands of people who have invested so much in putting on Brighton Fringe, I am devastated to say that we are unable to proceed in May due to the Coronavirus outbreak. I would like to thank you for all the work that you have done and also to thank all our funders, partners, sponsors, patrons, friends and the ticket buying public for your ongoing support, trust and patience at this difficult time.
It is incredible to believe that a mere three weeks ago we launched our brochure and ticket sales for 1,035 events in 170 venues, with more than 5,500 performances due to take place across the city of Brighton & Hove. We were ready to welcome 160 international events from 32 countries with 50 international collaborations. Over that time COVID-19 has grown from being a far-away news story to a pandemic affecting everyone, all over the world.
But we won’t give up that easily. After consulting with key stakeholders we are looking to reschedule Brighton Fringe to take place in September and October, when we have been advised that it will be again safe to proceed. We do not know yet what this Brighton Fringe will look like but we will now work with all our participants, venues and partners to make it the best it can be- for all involved.
In the meantime, please do bear with us while we take stock, rebuild and return. We are a universal platform for artists to put on work and we are determined to do our bit to stand up in the face of an invisible threat never before seen in modern times.
Finally, please take care of yourselves and those around you: self isolate, work from home, go offline and also try to take advantage of these strange times ahead. We will be back and we can’t wait for you to be able to finally dive into the best Brighton Fringe that we can create, for all of us. By September and October, I think we will definitely need and deserve it!”
If you would like to donate to Brighton Fringe at this difficult time, you can do so here: https://www.brightonfringe.org/donate
Participants / Venues:
We’re encouraging companies to liaise directly with their venues about the possibility of delaying their event to this later Autumn festival. We’ll be in touch soon with next steps for rescheduling events and the process for doing this.
Registration fees for Brighton Fringe 2020 (May) can be rolled over to these later dates and we’re looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible then.
Advertisers, Stall Holders and Other Commercial Partners:
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Update 13 March 2020, 09:30
Further to the Government announcement on 12 March, the continued advice from public health professionals remains that events can operate without restrictions, so as things stand, Brighton Fringe plans remain in place for 2020. However this is a developing situation and our concern is the safety of all involved at the festival. Brighton Fringe is in regular correspondence with Brighton & Hove City Council, venues as well as other event and festival organisers in the city in the meantime and further public announcements will be made as the situation develops.
Brighton Fringe is a mass participatory event but it differs from, say, the Olympics or a football match in that it consists of many independent, small-scale events, often of less than 50 people. So, subject to continued professional advice supporting this, Brighton Fringe will take place and centrally we will be operating all usual services to support events. Furthermore, as we are an open-access event, the decision about whether or not to operate lies with the acts, venues, programmers and producers and not with Brighton Fringe centrally, although we are here for advice and support. Our overriding concern though is public safety and all due steps will be taken to mitigate the challenges that currently exist.
Any member of the public who is exhibiting a cold or flu symptoms, or who may have been in contact with others who have become infected should take steps to self isolate and call NHS111 if they are feeling unwell.
Update 02 March 2020, 09:30
Brighton Fringe have been in correspondence with Brighton & Hove City Council about Coronavirus as the situation has developed.
Brighton Fringe will continue as normal based on the advice from the council
This is a developing situation so keep an eye on this page and Brighton Fringe social media accounts as circumstances may change.
We are following advice from Public Health England and Brighton & Hove City Council. Any member of the public who have recently returned from any areas of the world that have documented cases of the virus since 19th February and are feeling unwell should take steps to self isolate if they have any cause for concern and call NHS111.
We will continue to monitor the situation and inform all stakeholders if any advice changes.