After three steadfast years of producing London SketchFest, the biggest showcase of British sketch comedy each spring, the festival’s producers have decided to take a break and move the festival from May to October.
The choice to move the festival from spring to autumn relied on a few factors. ‘Firstly the weather affected our decision’, says its co-founders, ‘autumn and winter is great sketch comedy weather and we believe it’s an opportune time for introducing more people to sketch and developing it’s audience.’
It will also give the festival’s producers more time to plan, programme and work with sponsors and partners. ‘Having grown bigger each year, with over a thousand people attending the last festival, we now need to find new venues and locations that can accommodate the spread of the festival’s events – we’re possibly looking at using three venues for 2016.’
‘We’re keen to find new ideas and work with comedians in new ways, from collaborating on creative decisions to experimenting with new digital ideas and we need time to explore these avenues.’
Finding partners to work with is increasingly the new approach and the festival plans to take time to develop new ideas and opportunities that offer our partners the chance to push the boundaries and try new things.
Applications for the 2016 festival will open for submission later this year.