C ARTS opening digital season wins multiple awards at Edinburgh Fringe and will now run year-round

Edinburgh Fringe venue producer and arts exchange C celebrates 30 years at the forefront of creative excellence. Having paused in-person operations owing to the pandemic, it has used this time to work with creative companies and artists to curate a unique transnational online programme of independent arts and performance.

Following a critically acclaimed opening season for the C ARTS digital programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021, it has announced that its programme will now run year-round, offering creative companies and artists everywhere the chance to showcase their work on a global curated arts platform.

A C Venues show Hidden in Plain Sight (Actors Ensemble India Forum) won the Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence in the Best Venue category for its inaugural online season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the Asian Arts Awards, T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore) won Best Performance for Pán (盤), and Teruki Okamoto (Japan) won Best Show for the works Coordinated Distance and A Part of Empties, part of quadruple-bill piece I/O, while Theatre Ronin’s Practice of Zen (Hong Kong), and tarinainanika’s Tokyo Fugue and The Same Boat (Japan) were shortlisted and Highly Commended.

Six companies were recognised by the Derek Awards: Cía Vero Cendoya (Catalunya, Spain) for Best Physical Theatre for Bogumer (or Children of Lunacharski), DGP Theatre Productions (Florida, USA) for a Spirit of the Fringe award for Satan vs God, Iguana Teatre (Balearic Isles, Spain) for Best Online Show for Mar de fons (Deep Sea), Nervous Theatre (Montana, USA) for a Special Merit award for Mommy’s Dead and They Buried Her in Moscow, Sky Theatre Group (British Columbia, Canada), for Best Overseas Show for Phantom Pain, and Concha Vidal (Balearic Islands, Spain) for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts for Hexe.

The C digital offering for audiences includes live-streamed and on-demand performance, film and video, visual arts, talks and discussions, workshops and events, from around the world, available year-round. It offers audiences the opportunity discover companies, artists and shows they may not be able to find locally. Its offering for companies and artists includes placement in a curated online programme, access to support and advice with press, marketing and professional development, opportunities to connect with professionals and audiences globally, to share creative work with minimal environmental impact, and to participate in international festivals and markets.

Creative companies can live-stream performances and events from any location worldwide. Artists can benefit from their local live events being part of an international curated programme. Artists can also show recorded work on-demand, making it available to audiences at the time they want to watch it.

Visit www.CtheArts.com for further information.

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