And we’re off! We’re living through unprecedented times and Southside Fringe is more committed than ever to finding ways to continue encouraging, supporting and providing a platform for creativity. Working with Glasgow based creative agency, Material we have revamped our website to reflect the vibrancy and colour creativity brings in to people’s lives and to strengthen our connection with our Southside communities. Marking the launch of our rebranded look we’re also stoked to announce the launch of a brand new initiative for our festival. We’re going online with ‘Plugged In & Wired’. We were fortunate to secure funds toward our launch in 2020 from Glasgow City Council via the Local Area Partnerships based in the wards of Pollokshields, Langside and Southside Central. As with many in our events sector, we sadly couldn’t host our launch this year. The Local Area Partnerships kindly allowed a revision to this funding and it’s enabled us to develop and launch ‘Plugged in & Wired’.
We’re inviting filmed content or proposals to form our virtual festival, Plugged In & Wired’ which will be aired in March 2021. We have a limited number of fees payable for successful submissions from creatives living in the postcode areas of G5, G41, G42, G43, G44 or G51 OR who have a history with our festival. For creatives who may find it difficult to get quality footage of their work we’re also providing filming and editing support, this will also give the creatives a resource of their own to promote and hopefully encourage more income for them. As the funds we have for fees are limited we do expect submissions to be oversubscribed and a panel will make the final decisions on successful content. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11th December 2020 and successful submissions will be notified by the 28th of December.
Living through turbulent times has been hard for us all, we’re dedicated to keeping the torch of creativity alive on the Southside so it’s great to have more good news. We’ve been recognised by Creative Scotland and awarded funds through the Cultural Organisations & Venues Recovery Fund. This will help pay the wages of our staff while we develop more exciting plans for our future.
Fringe co-founder and managing director, Corinna tells us “ Creativity will help us all get through these unprecedented times, whether watching or creating. The beauty of creatives is that it’s in our blood to create and we’re just relieved, albeit a small contribution, that we can offer payment to Southside Creatives for their work during these crazy times. And we’re grateful that our work is valued and supported by national agencies. “ Stay tuned to our socials.