BYOV Applications will open December 19th, 2023!
Please read all of the information below regarding the BYOV application process and policies
A BYOV (Bring your Own Venue) is a venue or location outside the regular indoor venues that the Fringe Festival operates and programs via the application lottery. Companies may choose to participate in the festival as a BYOV if their work is site specific, or if they were not drawn in the lottery but are still interested in mounting a production as part of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. BYOVs come with substantial financial risk to the producing company and can involve a considerable amount of additional work.
The festival requires the same application admin and full application fee for BYOV companies as it does for the regular indoor companies. While BYOV participants must provide their own venue and equipment, this is offset by the fact that they have more influence over the number of performances they present over the course of the twelve day festival.
If you are a first-time applicant to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, or if you are new to the BYOV process, we highly recommend that you contact the Festival Manager about your BYOV proposal prior to applying.
NOTE: All dollar amounts are in Canadian funds
The Fringe format provides a unique opportunity for theatre companies to produce creative and innovative theatre. This is especially the case with site-specific theatre which allows you to immerse your audience in your production, not only through the traditional means, but also by staging your production in a setting that is conducive to conveying the ideas and experience of your play.
Some examples of site-specific productions that have been done at the Winnipeg Fringe and at other Fringe Festivals are: