11.10.2011 13.Tischrei. 5772
This year's festival highlights a gamut of productions covering everything from the social protest movement to black comedy.
Between October 16 and 19, the 32nd Acre Fringe Theater Festival will feature over 500 curtain calls, and 68 different productions by 350 artists. This year's festival, the third under the artistic direction of Smadar Yaaron and Moni (Menashe ) Yosef, is being produced on a fairly low budget of NIS 3.47 million, of which the Culture and Sports Ministry provides NIS 1.6 million and the Acre municipality NIS 1.1 million shekels, with the remainder coming from the Tourism Ministry (NIS 120,000 ), the Galilee Development Authority (NIS 170,000 ), the Mifal Hapayis national lottery (NIS 100,000 ) and sponsorships (NIS 100,000 ). The expected income from ticket sales is just NIS 100,000.
This leaves rather small sums for running the festival, around NIS 40-50,000 for each production in its most prestigious part, the competition. This sum includes sets and props, costumes and accessories, actors' and playwrights' wages, so in other words, this is practically volunteer work for the artists and actors, who are apparently motivated by the desire to create art….