Since its inception in 2011, the Delft Fringe Festival has grown from a modest project to a thriving professional organisation. Every year at the end of May, beginning of June, we organise a two-week performing arts festival at numerous historic locations in Delft. By now our program has expanded, we are active throughout the year and play an important role in the cultural life of Delft and the Netherlands.
Through the vibrant festival, the special theater evenings and a biennial production, we offer young theater producers from various performing arts genres the opportunity to make the much-needed flying hours in a professional setting and to further develop their skills. But also, to let the audience be entertained, moved and seduced by these fantastic new talents: young people who have beautiful and relevant stories to tell, stories that often paint a fascinating picture of today's world.
The Delft Fringe Festival is one of the most important and largest theater festivals for young producers in the Netherlands. Within South Holland it is the only performing arts festival that focuses entirely on new talent. The festival thereby fulfills a crucial role in these times in which - due to the severe budget cuts on culture - many production houses no longer exist and the number of acting opportunities for young producers has been drastically reduced.
Apart from the festival, we have been organizing a Delft Fringe Night three times a year since 2016. An initiative that has now been embraced far beyond Delft, as the Delft Fringe Nights are completely sold out every time. During these special evenings at the Rietveld Theater in Delft, you, the audience, will be treated to a surprising program combination of different performing arts genres, composed of a number of hit productions and audience favorites from previous festival editions.
In October 2019, the first Delft Fringe Festival Production took place with great success. Tapping into the national theme of the year "The Golden Age," young dance and theater producer Merel Franx created an intriguing performance. In Molten Gold, she zoomed in on the double face - the splendor versus the exploitation - of this century so important to Dutch history.
The Delft Fringe Festival Foundation organises an annual theatre festival and supplementary annual program to bring young producers and audiences together in unexpected locations, using the city of Delft as a stage. The Delft Fringe Festival aims to support the producers in their professional development, to offer existing and new theatre audiences a unique cultural experience and to broaden and improve the cultural offering in the city of Delft. The core values are diversity and accessibility. Stichting
Delft Fringe Festival is registered by Dutch law as an "ANBI (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling)", an institution that is welfare-based. ⟶