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Developing a Fringe

World Festival Network and World Fringe can provide a consultancy service for festival start up and festivals needing a change or review. We offer consultancy on tailoring a festival model and structure to work towards your objectives.  

We will use our festival experience to help you build a successful framework that will fit with your local community, your stakeholders, and help discover your potential audience. 

Please get in touch if you are thinking of starting a Fringe in your area as we can advise on viability, scope and timescales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

We can review an established festival, give advice, troubleshoot and support.  For new Fringe Festivals we offer a 'free' first session and discussion, after this we plan charges according to budgets and resources.

We also provide consultancy on:

Business Development

Audience development, business plan outlines, strategic development, troubleshooting, International partnerships and liaison

General Management
Staff structure, timelines, project planning, artistic direction, database management, event planning, budget outlines, registration terms and conditions and procedures

Funding Streams
Sponsorship, advertising income, funding applications, business liaison, in-kind support

Box Office
Box office solution advice and recommendations

Venues

Programming, communication and management, temporary venues and site locating, venue guide questions and structuring

Outdoor Events

Programmes Liaison with sponsors, programmers, local government departments, local agencies

Media
Media advice and press release structure, press packs, contacts

Volunteer Management

Volunteer organisation and policy advice

Endorsements

Ben Hill, Director - Hollywood Fringe

"WFN has been an invaluable resource in our ongoing efforts to connect the Hollywood Fringe Festival with the world festival community. Through networking, forums, and advice, our first year's festival will be all the better thanks to WFN."

Tim & Misa, Festival Organisers - O'ahu Fringe, Honolulu

"As a newbie, we are super happy and want to share this with you. In setting up our Fringe we have been very fortunate to utilise the information from World Festival Network; and a special thank you Holly for your generous support. It has been a slow process, but made easier with support from you".

Amelia, Festival Director - Grassington Festival

"After hearing Holly Payton from WFN speak at the British Arts Festivals Association Conference we were inspired to launch the Grassington Festival Fringe, which opened up a successful showcase for local and regional performers in North Yorkshire in year one. We aim to build on this and WFN will be a great tool to help us achieve this ambition. So all thanks to Holly for giving us the encouragement and motivation to make the fringe happen".

 
 
 
 
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