Yesterday we held our Lottery/Drawing party to choose artists for the festival in January. We used our complicated scientific process of drawing names from a hat, as we have done every year. This year was slightly different from previous years. We have over 60 applicants; a new record for Tucson Fringe. Last year we had 42 applicants, so this is a huge leap for us. Sadly, with a 30% increase in applicants, we could not increase the number of performers chosen by 30%. We have increased the number of performers from 20 to 25 this year. We hope to add more as we continue to grow. We broke another record for the Tucson Fringe this year with the number of applicants from our home town, Tucson. It should be made clear, at this time we do not favor local artists over out of town artists. Everyone has the same opportunity and chances of having their name drawn from the hat.
Our performance applications have closed, and the numbers look amazing. We had over 60 applicants with almost a third being from Tucson, AZ. Both these numbers are the highest they have ever been in the history of the Tucson Fringe Festival. We are still finalizing venue details, but we may have the most venues in the festival’s history. The 2019 festival will be the biggest to date and we cannot wait to see what our tenth year will look like. So, what comes next? What are the next steps in preparing for the festival? We are holding our lottery drawing to choose performers for the upcoming festival on Sunday, September 9, 2018. We use a complicated, scientific process to choose our list of performers. We draw names from a hat! We will have live videos on all the social medias and you can view the drawing event from anywhere in the world. Local performers, and anyone else who wants to,