About Reading Fringe Digital & FAQ

About Reading Fringe Digital – what is it and is it a festival?

This year, Reading Fringe Digital is proud to present a programme of pre-recorded and live events from a variety of local, national and international artists. By providing our platform digitally, we are supporting our artists to reach an audience beyond their own, whilst providing our loyal audience with our usual varied programme of events for them to enjoy this summer – without having to leave their home!

Some events are available throughout the Fringe and into August. Other events are one-offs – just like in real life, you’ve got to be in the room to be part of it! Our daily programme of live events creates that festival buzz, inviting audiences and artists to visit together and connect each day.

The vast majority of these events will be free for audiences to enjoy – but if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen, then do please consider buying the artist a coffee to show your appreciation. All donations via artist donation buttons, and ticket income (after provider fees) go directly to the artists.

As ever, we remain grateful to the Landeshaupstadt Düsseldorf for their continued support of our curated programme in celebration of Reading’s twin city partnership with Düsseldorf. We are so pleased that curator Fiona Leonard returns this year to curate the Düsseldorf digital programme.

Reading Fringe Digital is only possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. We remain heartened and grateful for your continued support.

How can I watch?

Check out the What’s On listings page to view all the events available during the festival.

All free events will be available to watch via the event show page and often via our Facebook page. You’ll need to register to watch them.

Paid for events will be accessible via a click-through on the show page. Access can be bought via the website, and will allow you to access the event when the video is available. You’ll need to register before purchasing any access as your purchase is associated with your login. If you have bought access to an event where you will be an audience member “in the room”, there will be a click-through button that will connect you to the Zoom room. Please note you will be unable to access the Zoom room before the date and time of the event.

Why do I have to register?

Just like in a real life festival, by registering and walking through our virtual doors, you’ll be part of this year’s Reading Fringe Digital community. It’s free and easy!

Registering allows us to easily and quickly provide you access to any paid events you’ve booked for, directly through the site, without the need to send you a zoom link or similar. You’ll also be able to let the artists and other audience members know you’re attending via the comment function, and let them know how much you’ve enjoyed their show. We will treat your data in accordance with our Terms of Use.

Registering with us also helps us provide our artists with anonymised data around audience numbers, giving them information about their audiences and allowing both them and the Fringe to grow year on year.

Finally, Reading Fringe Digital is only possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England – by registering you’ll help us to demonstrate how many people love the festival as much as we do!

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