Led by Theatre and Dance NI (TDNI) with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI), British Council Northern Ireland, and Belfast International Arts Festival, the Spotlight on Theatre and Dance from Northern Ireland programme champions Northern Irish artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Fellowship Programme offers bursaries to support three early to established Northern Irish 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 £600 that can be used towards travel, per diems, accommodation, tickets, 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 Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a great celebration of arts and culture and a significant marketplace and gateway to international opportunities and taking 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:
  • Must be a member of Theatre and Dance NI.
  • Based and working in Northern Ireland.
  • The impact you feel attending the festival will have on you and/or your work.
  • The capacity of the artist/company to avail of international opportunities.
  • Future aspirations and the work you’re making.
  • Must be available to be in Edinburgh on 20th August 2024 to attend the ‘Spotlight on Theatre and Dance NI’ from Northern Ireland networking event.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 17th July. Please send the completed application form to apply@theatreanddanceni.org

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Fellowship FAQ Doc

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: You cannot apply for this bursary if you already have a show running during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2024.

The Spotlight event will take place on 20th August 2024 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 2024 programme are highlighted. This event provides international programmers and presenters 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.