Site-Specific – Info and Criteria

What are Site-Specific shows?

Site-Specific shows are created for their space and may not take place in a traditional theatre environment. Site-Specific applicants provide their own venue, technician, lighting, and sound. The location of these shows must be pre-approved by Vancouver Fringe.

Some previous examples of Site-Specific shows include:

Pirates! An interactive show about pirates taking place on and around the small grounded pirate ship on Granville Island

Duck Off, A clown show in which the actor performed from a boat in the duck pond

Application deadline is Monday April 13, 2020 through Eventotron.

To view all important dates and deadlines click here.

Application Guidelines

  • Artists must secure their location before applying to the Fringe. Click here for a list of past/suggested locations.
  • Artists must be able to participate a minimum of 7 days within the run of the Festival.
  • Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis if sites are within walking distance of Granville Island or Havana Theatre and meet the criteria of the Site-Specific Program.
  • Artists must hire their own technician for any lighting or sound (as needed).
  • The Fringe assists with site permissions if your location is on Granville Island.
  • All artists must comply with Festival policies and the Fringe’s Code-of-Conduct

We encourage you to connect with us to discuss your ideas. Please email artist@vancouverfringe.com if you have any questions about the criteria.

Show Capacity

  • Site-Specific shows have a maximum of 10 performances as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
  • Should you want to do more than 10 performances, you will need to secure those performances independently.
  • Fringe will only provide resources for a maximum of 10 shows.
  • Information for additional shows may be included on the show posters.


  • Artists will create their own schedule and submit to the Fringe.
  • Deadline to submit for 2020 is April 13

Fee Structure & Payment

If the applicant is accepted any participation fees (see below) must be paid within one week of receiving an application approval. Payment instructions will be included in the approval email. After this deadline, accepted artists with outstanding payment will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist, and the first waitlisted artist will be offered their spot. Payment confirms your acceptance of a spot in the Festival.

Site-Specific Fees
$450 + $55 administrative fee

Please note:

  • All fees will be deposited immediately.
  • Accepted companies who withdraw will be refunded (less the $55 administration fee) until the withdrawal deadline of April 6, 2016 at 5:00pm PST. After that date and time no refunds will be issued.
  • There will be a charge of $25.00 for all cheques returned with non-sufficient funds.
  • Tickets are sold for $15 inclusive of taxes and fees. The artists get 100% of the BASE ticket price, which is $12 per ticket. Some tickets may be purchased with Frequent Fringer cards, which would have a $9 or $10 payout per ticket.

For BIPOC Artists

We’re offering an opportunity for racialized BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) – with possible BIPOC intersectionality in living with a disability, LGBTQ+, d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Low Vision– Artists or creative team leads* to apply for a subsidy of the full administrative fee ($55).

*We consider a “creative team lead” to be the creator/producer of work, or a team member whose creative leadership is integral to the production of the show. In most cases this person would be the primary or secondary contact listed in your application.

What do you get from us?

The Fringe provides:

  • A listing in the Festival program guide and Festival publicity
  • Advance and at-door box office
  • Front-of-house services through volunteer teams
  • Access to the local media list and publicity information
  • 100% of the regular box office revenue generated by the performing company


Applications will open December 13, 2019 on Eventotron.