Ticketed Fringe Registration


Performing at Ventnor Fringe

Ventnor Fringe is an open-access arts festival on the Isle of Wight, England’s largest Island. It embraces every art form and every form of artistic expression, and supports both new and established performers in trying out new work and taking risks.

In 2019 Ventnor Fringe hosted over 100 different shows in ‘pop up’ venues and spaces throughout Ventnor.

This year’s event will take place from 28th July – 2nd August 2020. The deadline to take part is Saturday 18th April 2020.

Why should I take part in Ventnor Fringe?

Ventnor Fringe is a showcase for talent, attracting hundreds of performers each year. Taking place in the week before Edinburgh Festival Fringe makes it a perfect spot for previews, and while we offer a much more intimate experience, average audience numbers for shows are actually higher. What’s more, Ventnor has a unique vibe all of its own, and a special location on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight.

We offer a platform to try out new work, increase your audience, gain reputation and be part of a unique supportive community. You will meet and build relationships with like-minded arts professionals and hopefully have fun along the way!


If you’d like to bring a show or performance to Ventnor Fringe, you need to register to perform by 18th April 2020.

The registration form is your opportunity to tell us as much as possible about your act/event, which will help us to recommend suitable venues for you. The registration fee pays for your event’s listing on the festival website and in the printed programme. This is non refundable but also the only upfront cost involved in taking part.

2020 Participant Registration Fees

Single Performance £50
Multiple Performances £70

Finding a venue

Unlike most Fringe festivals, all of the venues at Ventnor Fringe are created or managed by the festival team directly. This means you don’t need to find spaces yourself, our team will help you every step of the way!

When you register you can tell us as much as possible about the type of venue you’re looking for. There are many unique venues and spaces available, mostly between 50 – 300 capacity. These include theatre spaces, tented venues, churches, pubs and site specific locations.

Venue Costs

Once you have applied to the Ventnor Fringe a member of the team will be in touch to talk you through the various venues available which best match the requirements set out in your registration form.

You will be offered a box office split. This is normally 70/30 e.g. 70% to you, 30% towards the venue but can vary depending on the space. All equipment, technicians and stewards will be provided for you. Some venues might come with a minimum venue fee. This is not charged up front, but taken out of your final Box Office settlement.

Ventnor Fringe will retain this fee or the Box Office split, whichever is higher but not both.


Ventnor Fringe works hard to bring audiences to the festival, your job to get them to choose your show!

Your programme and website listing are already included through your registration fee, but we can also offer a wide range of other ways in which to promote your show. Some of these are free (promo slots on free stages, interviews in the Fringe Review) and others have additional costs (promoted articles in local news sites, larger programme adverts)

We strongly recommend producing posters and if you send these to us in advance of the event we will get this put up around the Festival before you arrive.

You can also choose to opt into our Fringe Friends ‘2for1’ scheme which is a great way to sell extra tickets and stand out among our most loyal audiences!

Insurance, Licencing & Copyright

You will need to make sure you have all the appropriate permissions in place to perform your work if it is under copyright. This is normally obtained directly from the author, literary agent or publisher of the work. Ventnor Fringe organises all event licencing on your behalf.

If you use music in anyway you may be liable for PRS fees. We’ll be publishing 2020 details on this shortly.

We strongly recommend you have your own insurance, and if this is not in place we can help you to access affordable cover through our insurance partners.

Travel & Accommodation

All performers at Ventnor Fringe are entitled to a 20% discount on ferry travel to the Isle of Wight.

We can help advise on local accommodation and also offer an ‘Adopt an Artist’ scheme for those willing to stay in local residents homes.

Fringe Awards

In 2020 we are introducing two very special awards for the very first time. Details to be revealed soon.

Meet other artists!

One of the best parts of Ventnor Fringe is joining a whole community of other creatives and meeting people working in all sort of different disciplines. There are lots of social spaces and opportunities to meet others but in particular check out the following:

Artist’s Brunch
A morning networking event every day from 10am – 12 over coffee and breakfast at Harbourside.

Artist’s Drinks
Meet with fellow artists and members of the Ventnor Fringe team on Wednesday and Saturday night of the festival, with a special social event hosted at Ventnor Exchange.

Walk & Talk / Arts Trail
There are guided walks around Ventnor every day during the Fringe and these offer a great way to explore the festival and the town