WHAT IS FRINGE?
WHAT IS FRINGE, INDEED?
The first ever Fringe festival began in Edinburgh, Scotland, back in 1947. Artists were upset about the city-curated Edinburgh Festival, feeling left out, and eight companies took it upon themselves to set up shop on the literal “fringe” of the festival and put up shows anyway. Today, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hosts over 3,000 shows, over 50,000 performances in each festival! Genres range anywhere from theatrical drama, to stand-up comedy, musical storytelling, children’s shows, and so much more.
Here in North America, we have fringe festivals all over the US and Canada, and there is a touring circuit that many artists from all over the globe travel on, showing their unique takes on performance art. The frequently traveled circuit begins in May, in Orlando, where it has for over 25 years, leading North, up into Canada, and across that country until it finally heads south again towards the end of Summer. There are huge festivals in Minneapolis, MN and New York, and the biggest one is in Edmonton, Canada.
. . . And now the Tampa International Fringe Festival kicks off the Fringe circuit!
Learn More about Tampa's 2nd Annual Fringe Festival. ►
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