Support the Future of Brighton Fringe: Brighton Fringe festival set up a crowdfunding page last month in order to raise the £20,000 deficit that they lost with their headline sponsor – but it ends at 5pm today and they’re only 72% of the way to their target.
According to their website, The Fringe has lost £70,000, equating to 40% of their funding since 2016, despite being one of England’s largest arts festivals. Despite the Fringe’s enormous popularity, putting on over 4000 shows over 150 venues throughout May, their box office sales only generate around 19% of their income. They also don’t receive any regular financial aid from Arts Council England, nor from Brighton and Hove City Council. Employing over 15 full time staff, as well as 25 seasonal team members and creating hundreds of further employment opportunities in Brighton, the Fringe is an integral part of our city’s culture. They also award over £25,000 in financial support to participants each year, meaning they are integral to our city’s arts scene.
As you can imagine, the loss of their headline sponsor leaves Brighton Fringe with no other option than to ask for help – if they are successful in raising their target of £20,000 they will be able to secure the future of the Fringe from 2019 onwards. Their target is a modest one; if every person who attended one of their events this year was to donate, the final amount would be reached in no time.
To drive home the need for this extra financial support, they have put together reward packages: if you donate £7 you will receive a Stickers and Badge pack, all the way up to anyone donating £250, who can claim a private flight over Brighton, to enjoy the Fringe Festival by air! There are over ten different reward packages to claim for your donation, for many different amounts, including ticket packages, artwork, and more, which are available to browse on their Crowdfunding page.
Please, if you are able to donate anything at all to save this fantastic arts festival, that we are so lucky to enjoy every year, head over to their Crowdfunding page before 5pm today. For more information, take a look at the Fringe website here.