In August, BIAF in a new partnership with Theatre and Dance NI and with support from British Council NI and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland created and delivered a special online industry event highlighting ten major performance works for the 2020 edition of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Fringe, which is the biggest arts marketplace in the world, made this an unparalleled opportunity for Northern Irish artists to connect with international arts industry figures.
Four events were specially selected for the Fringe Marketplace, a dedicated online showcase platform Edinburgh Fringe created in response to Covid-19.
Belfast International Arts Festival and Theatre and Dance NI partnered on a separate and specially curated Fringe Exchange event, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council NI. This event included a screening of a specially commissioned film compilation of video extracts from a selection of new performance pieces from Northern Ireland followed by a livestreamed and interactive Q&A with the creators and artists.
This film compilation will be rescreened for both industry professionals and the wider public at 4pm on Monday 19th October, and will be followed by an industry focussed Q & A with participating artists (industry registration instructions to follow):
- Abomination – A DUP Opera by Conor Mitchell. Originally produced by The Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Queer Arts Festival
- BRINK choreographed by Eileen McClory. Produced by Maiden Voyage Dance
- Körper & Leib choreographed by Oona Doherty. Produced by Maiden Voyage Dance
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Produced by Big Telly Theatre Company
- Politics of Comfort written and performed by Janie Doherty. Directed by Alessandra Celesia
- Questions of a Man devised and performed by Dylan Quinn and Jenny Ecke. Produced by Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre
- Removed written by Fionnuala Kennedy. Produced by Prime Cut Productions