1.What is the Catania Off Fringe Festival?

Catania Off Fringe Festival is the first fringe theatre festival in Catania. Through performance, dialogue, and celebration we seek to increment the GDH, or Gross Domestic Happiness of the city. Read more about us on our dedicated page.

2. What is "Fringe" Theatre?

Fringe Theatre is a form of independent, non-commercial theatre which finds itself on the “fringe” of the standard theatre scene. A Festival which includes all radical, creative, and innovative types of performing arts coming together to create a comunal festival. Starting from the famous Edinburgh festival, the concept has spread around the world, particularly in anglo-saxon communities but also gaining traction in some famous cities such as Avignon (one of our main partner festivals).

3. Who can participate in the Catania Off Fringe Festival?

There are multiple different ways to participate in the Festival. Any artist or company with a complete or developing production proposals which enter into one of this year’s Fringe Categories can participate in Catnia Off Fringe. In addition, Catania Off hosts a myriad of performative,  artistic and cultural events for all kinds of artists, idea experts, and general audience members at large. Basically, anyone can participate in the Fringe in some way!

4. Why does it cost to participate in the Fringe?

The World Fringe Association defines the spirit of fringe as, “not a single pot of money coming from one place to produce a programmed event, but rather about support, development, accessibility and everyone involved, including artists, venues, audiences, and funders, investing together in a creative platform and delivering a unique & organic occasion.” As is customary with most Fringe Festivals, a participation fee is necessary to cover the administrative and organizational costs of the festival. Read more on the spirit of Fringe Festivals on the World Fringe website: http://www.worldfringe.com/what-is-a-fringe/

5. What do I (as an artist) get from participating in the Catania Off Fringe Festival?

The Fringe is fundamentally different from other Performing Arts festivals in that it fosters a sense of community: of artists working together to create an eclectic explosion of creativity and innovation both on and offstage. In addition to the opportunity to perform in a unique venue in the city of Catania, participating artists and companies will attend speed-dates, focus panels and meet-ups in order to connect with other fellow artists and maximize potential creative opportunities. 

Catania Off is also pleased to be able to offer a number of awards to selected artists for exclusive participation agreements in national and international festivals and theatre seasons, thanks to our long-term collaborations with multiple partners across the world. Check out our awards here.

Who selects the participants for CT OFF 23?

The selection process for participation in Catania Off Fringe Festival is performed by a selection of arts industry professionals.

7. What happens if I’m selected to participate in the festival?

Congratulations! We will send you a participation agreement to sign along with participation fee payment, and then work to participate in the Fringe Festival can begin. The Fringe Festival is a collaborative effort between artists, theaters and festival staff in order to bring Fringe theatre to as wide of an audience as possible. That means that in addition to overall festival programming, theatres and artists alike will be championing their shows across the city online and in-person. Catania Off Fringe Festival strives to create a thriving cultural hub such as our sister festival Avignon Off.

8. How is the venue for my show chosen?

Catania Off Fringe Festival collaborates directly with all of the performance venues and assigns artists to each space based on a number of factors including size of the participating production, technical requirements, and the theater’s own artistic preferences. Unlike some Fringe Festivals, once artists are selected and pay participation fees there is no additional cost to be paid to the venue. In addition, artists keep 50% of all of their ticket sales (net copyright fees and VAT tax), with 30% going to the venues and the last 20% going towards organizational costs. 

16/10 - 29/10

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Co-Founder and General DirectionRenato Lombardo 
Co-Founder and General Direction: Francesca Vitale


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