What is Fringe?
It all began in Edinburgh Scotland when a group of artists decided to create their own performing arts festival. From its humble beginnings in 1947, the original Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now a huge annual event attracting visitors and artists from all over the world. And the “fringe” concept can be seen in various cities with each host adding their unique touch. No two Fringe Festivals are alike, but they do all have the “fringe spirit”, and to give you an insight to what is involved in a Fringe Festival, we offer you this definition which according to the U.S. Association of Fringe Festivals, a Fringe can be defined as:
Focused on the performing arts:
Theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word and the like make up the Fringe core, but festivals often may include film and visual arts elements. Fringes don’t have a focus on a single discipline or genre, but are a performing-arts smorgasbord.
No one gets too fussy about swears or nudity but squeaky-clean content isn’t marginal or discouraged, either.
Easy to participate in:
Ticket prices are low for audiences and production fees are low for artists. Show selection varies from festival to festival but is generally quite open to participation by the gamut of amateurs to professionals.
They last from just a few days to a few weeks and involve boatloads of people at multiple venues.
Fringes feature a huge array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes naturally do well.
Typically, tech is minimal and time is a factor at our festivals. Shows are often kept brief (Fringes most frequently have shows right around 60 minutes in length) and technical requirements kept simple (minor sets, streamlined cues, nothing elaborate).