Fringe Festival

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Expressions of Interest to produce a fringe festival in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival in 2016 and 2017 closed on Monday 18 May 2015. 


The fringe festival aims to:

  • showcase alternative and culturally diverse contemporary arts; and
  • complement the National Multicultural Festival program.
Timeframe and location

The fringe festival is held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, which takes place over a weekend in February. The fringe festival is to be staged within the National Multicultural Festival footprint, and can be focused at one location and/or across a number of locations. 

There is flexibility in the timing of the fringe festival with some elements able to commence in advance of or extend beyond the National Multicultural Festival. The fringe festival does not need to extend for the full duration of the National Multicultural Festival.

The National Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the ACT’s Multicultural and Indigenous communities. It is a sharing of culturally diverse traditions, dance, food, performances, exhibitions and concerts. The National Multicultural Festival has a long history in the ACT with over 250,000 people attending the festival weekend. For more information on the National Multicultural Festival, visit


The producer budget per year is $20,000 in funding with up to $20,000 of additional in-kind support from the National Multicultural Festival for infrastructure, promotion, security, and waste, to be determined with the National Multicultural Festival.

The producer should ensure that the scale of the fringe festival is commensurate with the funding available. The producer may also generate other support and income, including through partnerships.

The main fringe festival venue is to be free and open to the general public, although subsidiary venues/activities may be ticketed.

Producer statement of requirements

The fringe festival producer will be expected to:

  • produce a program of events which fulfils the fringe festival aims.
  • focus on ACT work/artists.
  • collaborate with key stakeholders, including artsACT and the National Multicultural Festival. 
  • manage the budget, including the generation of any additional income and sponsorship support.
  • evaluate and provide a final report to artsACT on the delivery, and the arts, cultural and financial outcomes, of the fringe festival.

Funding for the 2017 fringe festival will be dependent on the outcomes and successful acquittal of the 2016 festival.

Selection Criteria

The Expressions of Interest from ACT-based individuals or organisations must address the following criteria:

  1. Experience and capacity – the experience and capacity to engage and work effectively with a range of artists in a festival context within the ACT.
  2. Vision – a clear vision for the fringe festival that complements the National Multicultural Festival and is commensurate with the funding provided.
  3. Project management – a project plan, indicative milestones, timelines, risk management and preferred location/s within the National Multicultural Festival footprint. The successful applicant will be required to provide a detailed project plan by 30 October 2015.
  4. Budget – an indicative budget for 2016 that includes major income and expenditure items. A revised detailed budget to be provided by the successful applicant by 30 October 2015.

Applicants must include a relevant one page CV and may provide a limited selection of support material, if appropriate.

For further information please contact Nicole Hoffman, Arts Activities Program Manager, on (02) 6207 6825.