Buxton Fringe has relaxed its entries deadline (formerly June 1) in order to allow new events to come forward, following the inevitable cancellation of some performances.
The hope is to increase the number of Covid-19 proof entries on the Fringe with innovative online-only events or other initiatives.
In recognition of the difficulties faced by many artists and performers this year, the Fringe has also made a historic decision that, for this year only, the entry fee will be scrapped altogether.
In the coming weeks, all current entrants will be contacted to see if they are still able to be part of the Fringe in July. Either way, they will receive full refunds.
Fringe chair Stephen Walker said: “This year’s Fringe will certainly be different; it is likely to be much smaller than usual, but we hope that online entries will encourage creativity and innovation in how performers and artists engage with our audiences, so though we may be small we still hope to be beautiful.”