1. What kind of performances will be in the Fringe?
    The basic concept of a fringe festival is that anybody can participate. Please join in and discover what is happening in your city!
  2. Are Fringe Festival events free?
    The Hakodate Fringe Festival 2013 takes no charge from artists and venues. Ticket monies may be collected by individual events. Please check our listings for full details.
  3. Does the Hakodate Fringe Festival sell tickets?
    Not at the moment. Each venue/artist is responsible for selling their own tickets. Please look at the contact details for each event. The Fringe Japan Project is looking into the mechanics of bringing free automated ticketing systems to Japan.
  4. When and where is the "Puchi Fringe" Club?
    The Puchi Fringe starts with a "Culture Day Countdown Party" from 10pm to 12pm on 2 Nov 2013.
  5. Are there other fringe festivals in Japan?
    We gratefully acknowledge the work of the people involved in other events in Japan. We could find three events, all focused primarily on single venues and on dance: the "Tokyo Fringe Festival", a "Kyoto Fringe Festival", and the "Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival". Our work breaks new ground in bringing a wide-genre and town-wide venue fringe festival tradition to Japan for the first time.
  6. Can I help?
    Yes! Please see the "Support" tab, where you can get pdfs of our fliers for download, and much more.

Want To Put On A Show?

  1. Is participation in the fringe really free?
    Yes. We have some private funding for 2012 & 2013, so we can offer free participation. Just register and we will include you in our advertising. One of our jobs in these years is to build a business model to establish whether a Fringe festival could exist as a business in Japan.
  2. What will the Fringe Festival organisers do at my venue?
    This year, we are running the simplest possible event, so in principle each artist and venue are responsible for all their on-site organisation. The Fringe Festival will be responsible for all the running and planning of the Puchi Fringe. The Fringe Festival will supply venues and artists with ample copies of the Fringe Guide, and also with some decorations. We hope that each venue can publicise the Fringe, so that all benefit.
  3. Can we perform at just the "Puchi Fringe" club?
    Yes. Please enter your details on the "Events" tab. We will contact you to discuss details of the dates and time of your Puchi Fringe performances.
  4. What kind of events are allowed?
    Anything is OK. One of the principles of fringe festivals is to not pick and choose what is allowed. If you are running an event during the Hakodate Fringe Festival period, just register and we will advertise for you.
  5. What kind of venues are allowed?
    Any venue is OK. Even swimming pools have been used as venues in some fringe festivals in Europe. Whether it's a party in your own house, or a large concert hall, we accept all proposals.
  6. Can I just turn up at the Puchi Fringe and perform?
    If you are happy without rehearsals, and if we have space in the program, then yes, we are very happy to accept "tobi-iri sanka"!

About Registering Venues and Events

  1. Why is the first deadline of July 5th so early?
    This deadline is only for inclusion on the poster, which appears around town in summer. In most cases, the only event information we will be able to include on the poster will be event names and venue names. To be included in the Fringe Guide, which includes photos and full descriptions, give full details by the second deadline, which is Oct 1.
  2. When is the latest date for registration?
    We encourage early registration. To be included on the Hakodate Fringe 2013 poster, you need to register by July 5. If instead you register by the second deadline of Oct 1, you will be featured in the Fringe Guide, which is published in October. After the second deadline, we can only include your event in our online program, although you are welcome to perform at the Puchi Fringe, if we have space.
  3. Why are there separate forms for Venue and Artist?
    It often happens that one event is performed at different venues or that one venue hosts different events. For these cases, our system significantly reduces the load on the people registering the information. Also, we accept registration from events that have not yet found a venue and venues that want us to suggest artists.
  4. What if my event has lots of artists?
    The Fringe Guide (produced in autumn) will advertise based on lists of venues and lists of Events. If there are many artists in your event, you can provide information about each artist under "Artist Description".
  5. I still can't understand the best way to register.
    We will create a "Personal Page" for you based on whatever information you register. We recommend trying out the input form. We will work with you to complete your information so that your event is described in the best possible way.






8 Nov 2013
Four Fringe events to go... You can catch both the Beatles Party and the Rope Live one after the other in Goryokaku tonight.
7 Nov 2013
We received a donation of wine for our party on Sat 9! Join us at Yakitori Bar Kura!
6 Nov 2013
Today is magic day! Join us at Post@bar from 8pm.
5 Nov 2013
Thanks to Getsuyousha for giving the Fringe 5 minutes at the start of their event.
4 Nov 2013
We gave out hundreds of Fringe guides at the Fringe event in Goryokaku Tower.
3 Nov 2013
Thanks to all for helping make Day 2 a success.
2 Nov 2013
Fringe has started! 120 people came to the Puchi Fringe.
1 Nov 2013
We put nobori in front of many venues. Look out for them!
31 Oct 2013
Fringe appeared on NHK program Tsunagaru
26 Oct 2013
We distributed a few thousand Fringe fliers around town.
10 Oct 2013
We have 28 events in 15 locations for this year's Fringe. Thank you!
25 Sep 2013
Our interview is on Page 8 of Boratto
12 Sep 2013
We were interviewed by Boratto magazine. The article will come out very soon.
17 Jul 2013
We received 18 registrations by the first deadline. Thank you!
5 Jul 2013
Register now to get your name on
the Fringe 2013 poster
4 Jul 2013
Hakodate Shimbun
Fringe interview!
3 Jul 2013
We got a Fringe mobile phone!
28 Jun 2013
We appear on FM Iruka today@ 5:45
7 Jun 2013
New press release.
24 May 2013
FAQ page added, plus fliers uploaded to Support page.
18 May 2013
First registrations arrive. Thank you!
16 May 2013
Online submission opened (J)
8 May 2013
New Staff pictures up
3 May 2013
Online submission opened (E)
1 May 2013
Hakodate Fringe 2013 dates announced
28 Nov 2012
Puchi Fringe pictures up!
31 Oct 2012
"Mix Style Dance" added to Eiley's performers list.
28 Oct 2012
Artist list updated. Join us next weekend!
13 Oct 2012
English web site goes online.
12 Oct 2012
We were interviewed by Yomiuri Shinbun. The article will appear on Nov 1.
15 Jul 2012
Fringe dates fixed: Nov 2 & 3!
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