The Tampa International Fringe Festival…
Is Tampa’s first open-access, uncensored, international fringe theatre festival. Winner of the 2017 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award for BEST MOMENT WHEN LOCAL THEATER TURNED A CORNER!
We adhere to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) model in that we:
- Are primarily based around indoor theatre productions.
- Are completely uncensored.
- Accept companies through a lottery.
- Return 100 percent of the money generated from ticket sales to the artists themselves.
In addition to following the CAFF model we have situated our festival to sit at the very beginning of the CAFF Festival Circuit, which begins in mid-May at the Orlando Fringe (the US’s oldest fringe festival), travels up the east coast and then westward across Canada throughout the summer, ending in California at the SF Fringe. Positioned, as we are, at this time and place (early May, just near Orlando), we are ideally positioned to kick off the yearly fringe circuit, with many international and national acts debuting their work right here in Tampa!
From Our Audience
“Beers about Songs” was fantastic! We even bought some merchandise because performances like that need to be supported. – Chris (Tampa Fringe 2017)
We enjoyed every show we saw. Some were well polished, some not so much, but all had great talents behind them. – Bridget (Tampa Fringe 2017)
The Fringe Festival was wonderful. It is great to see Tampa taking it’s place in the performing arts. – Dodie (Tampa Fringe 2017)
I truly enjoyed the Tampa Fringe! – Julia (Tampa Fringe 2017)
From the Press
Transforming Ybor City from abandoned warehouses to the bohemian, artsy district it is today took decades. Another quantum leap in that direction could take just a weekend. – Andrew Meacham (Tampa Bay Times)
One day theater historians will point to May 2017 as the moment when the Tampa International Fringe Festival first came to the Cigar City and changed everything.
Watch out, theater lovers: This long-needed festival is bound to get even better. – Mark Leib (Creative Loafing)
experimentation is part of the fun at such theatrical marathons [as the Tampa International Fringe Festival] – Jay Handelman (Herald Tribune)
From Our Artists
As for the Fringe itself, it was the people and their shows. Everyone’s so inspiring and passionate and wonderful. I know it’s just the first year of the festival, but it didn’t feel that way. – Nancy Kenny (Roller Derby Saved My Soul, Tampa Fringe 2017)
I had so much fun! – Dandy Darkly (Dandy Darkly: Myth Mouth!, Tampa Fringe 2017)