Reading Fringe Festival is moving its 2020 event online after receiving emergency funding from Arts Council England.
More than 30 events will be streamed across the 10-day festival in July, with the full programme announced next month.
Organisers had been trying to find alternative ways to stage the annual festival while coronavirus restrictions remain in place.
They said the festival’s successful application to the Arts Council means it will be able to deliver a digital programme of theatre, comedy, film, visual art and children’s shows, including two new commissions.
These will be a new work exploring "connection in a post-apocalyptic world" by theatre and dance project Love, Sex and Zombies, and an interactive online story for families from writer Helen Eastman, who wrote the stage version of In the Night Garden. This will be created in partnership with TimeTrap Escape Rooms.
The majority of shows will be available for free or on a donations-only basis, which will go directly to artists.
Festival director Zsuzsi Lindsay said: "We are all about trying new things and making culture as accessible as possible, so we are really excited to be doing both this year with a digital fringe. The health of our audience, artists and team is paramount so we are delighted that the Arts Council support allows us to continue to showcase local, national and international talent while respecting guidelines.
"We’ve prided ourselves on bringing top performances right to where people are, from an orchestra playing at the station to a puppet bus on Broad Street, so to have the chance to deliver a festival right into homes and personal devices is a real privilege.”
The festival has been running since 2013 and last year saw 5,000 people attend more than 100 events across the town.