Theatre and Dance NI, in partnership with Belfast International Arts Festival and with support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland, are delighted to lead on delivering the 2023 Spotlight on Theatre and Dance from Northern Ireland networking events and programme at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We are delighted to announce that part of the fellowship programme includes bursaries to support five early to established career artists, directors and producers who are intending to take work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the future and promote themselves and/or their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters.

The bursaries will provide financial support of £1,000 that can be used for travel, per diems, accommodation, tickets, and/or expenses while at the festival. The fellowship programme will provide networking support alongside the opportunity to see high-quality work and share learning and considerations when taking work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a great celebration of arts and culture, a significant marketplace, and gateway to international opportunities to take your career to the next level. It’s also a place full of creative energy from around the globe in which artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste.


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Must be a member of Theatre and Dance NI
  • Based and working in Northern Ireland
  • The impact you feel attending the Edinburgh Fringe will have on you and/or your work
  • The capacity of the artist/company to avail of international opportunities
  • Future touring aspirations and the work you’re making
  • Must be available to be in Edinburgh on 22 August 2023 to attend the ‘Spotlight on Theatre and Dance from Northern Ireland’ networking event

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 26th June 2023.

Please send the completed application and monitoring form to

Bursary Application Questions

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Applicants may answer all questions using video or audio if they prefer. Please attach the link to video or audio footage within the application form and submit this to the email address above.

PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a small company, only one application for one person to attend will be eligible for consideration. You cannot apply for this bursary if you already have a show running during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2023.

The Spotlight event will take place on 22nd August 2023 at Dance Base, where works created by some of Northern Ireland’s leading makers of theatre and dance which will be a part of the Fringe 2023 programme are highlighted. This event provides international programmers and presenters with the opportunity to engage directly with the artists and industry colleagues and share their work.

These bursaries have been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland.

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