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Gothenburg Fringe receives EFFEA grant to host emerging artist Sarah Richardson

Updated: May 19, 2023

We are delighted to announce that Gothenburg Fringe has been selected in the first round of grants for the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA.


Together with FINFRINGE (Turku, Finland) and Zagare Fringe (Lithuania), we will welcome Sarah Richardson for a three-week residency in May.


Sarah Richardson is an award-winning playwright, actor and spoken word poet. She has performed her poetry across the UK and Ireland, including at Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and the Women of Wit tour.


As a playwright, her debut play, GirlPlay, was staged at Dublin Fringe 2019 and went on to have an international digital tour in 2020/21, winning Best Digital Experience at Stockholm Fringe. The Stage and The Wee Review gave it four and five stars respectively.


In 2022, GirlPlay was selected by theSpaceUK to be one of their headline shows for Edinburgh Fringe 2022, where it was met with high critical acclaim, was selected to perform in Meryvn Stutter's Pick of Fringe and received multiple four-star reviews, with The List calling it a “strong and harmonious…raw coming of age story”.


Sun Bear Nordic/Baltic Spring Residency


The Sun Bear Nordic/Baltic Spring Residency will support the development and adaptation of Sarah’s online one-woman show, Sun Bear, offering an opportunity to fulfill her original artistic ambitions for the show, adapting it from a work-in-progress digital piece, into an exciting, relevant and important piece for live audiences.


The residency will be based largely in Gothenburg in May, giving Sarah an opportunity to develop her work, connect with local artists and participate and run classes with the artistic community. During this time, Sarah will visit Turku and Zagare during our partners’ Fringe Festivals to participate in artist development and networking events.


A work-in-progress showing will take place at the end of the residency period and Sarah will be invited to Gothenburg Fringe Festival on 1-10 September 2023 to perform the work.


EFFEA’s first round of grants will support 43 projects from 16 different disciplines and 34 countries. Sun Bear Nordic/Baltic Spring Residency is one of just two projects to be led by a Swedish festival, a full list of the selected projects can be found here.


Sun Bear residency is supported by the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA, co-funded by the European Union.



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