Fusebox announces 2023 festival line-up — and re-introduces paid ticketing

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Fusebox has announced the line-up of its 2023 festival of performance-based arts running April 12-16.

See the festival line-up at fuseboxfestival.com/series/fusebox-2023

And the non-profit festival also announced it is returning to a paid-ticket model after years of offering free tickets.

Fusebox started its free ticket plan eight years ago and only intended it to be a three-year experiment, said Ron Berry, Fusebox founder and executive director. The strategy boosted attendance, which was its goal, but last year all tickets were claimed within an hour.

Also, Berry noted, the Austin arts economy has changed dramatically in the last eight years.

“Coming out of a pandemic that was particularly brutal to the performing arts world, coupled with no cultural arts funding from the city of Austin this past year, coupled with an increasingly expensive environment, we are in real need of a new revenue stream, even a modest one,” Berry said.

“By adopting a sliding scale ticketing model, including $15 walk-up tickets, we’re trying to remain true to our commitment to accessibility while also generating enough income to stay alive in an ever changing landscape. It’s either that, or close up shop, and we’ve still got too much we want to do.”

Festival passes go live March 14, and individual tickets go live March 28. Live links to tickets will be forth coming at fuseboxfestival.com

Many exhibitions connected with the festival will be free admission. And the opening neigh celebration is free too. It starts at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

 


Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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