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The Baltic Nordic Fringe Network (BNFN) aims to simplify systems and provide touring opportunities for artists applying to one or more of the Fringe festivals in the Nordic region.



From the humble launch of Stockholm Fringe Festival (STOFF) in 2010, participating artists have expressed the desired to combine their “Stoffholm” visit with additional tour dates in the Nordic region. Until now a touring theatre network in the Nordic region has not existed.


- The 2018 NFN season is divided into two segments. A satellite event in July (Reykjavik) and plus the NFN month from Aug to Sept (Bergen, Gothenburg, Lahti, Stockholm).  Turku (Åbo) is scheduled for the spring of 2019. Zagare in the summer of 2019!

– All 7 festivals will have their own digital and/or printed programme brochure.

– All 2018 festivals will have separate administrative organs meaning you will still have to submit your programme copy and visuals separately.

– Venue conditions and festival formats are also going to vary between the different festivals.

– The admin fee involved will vary from location to location.

Thanks to funding from Nordic Culture Point (Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture) our network will be developed and refined during 2018-2019 via our Mobile Nordic Fringe Incubator project! The first meeting is scheduled  to take place in Reykjavik (Iceland).

The festivals got one thing in common: the aim to elevate the local through the global to offer the audience unique experiences outside of the traditional, to push boundaries and promote artistic innovation bravery.

You will be able to influence how we continue to work together! More information about this process coming soon!


The benefits of synchronizing all 7 Nordic Fringe festival initiatives go hand in hand with our “many little streams create a river” approach to festival management.
Working together will not only create a stronger and bigger Fringe movement in the Nordic region but also offer an attractive touring opportunity to local and global artists.

– Audiences will be offered high quality acts from across the globe.

– New work will reach a new and wider audience.

– Artists will be able to make their visit to the Nordic region more sustainable and economical.

- Overseas cultural institutes and embassy culture departments will be able to join forces with their sister branches in other Nordic countries to tour/support artist from their regions.

Similar networks exist in Canada and Australia where individual Fringe festivals align their festival dates and/or application process.
NFN is part of World Fringe Network (WFN) with over 200 Fringe festivals across the globe.

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