BorderLight 2019

at a glance

Wow. Something amazing happened.

From the moment we first greeted our artists, to the incredible procession of puppets down Superior Avenue, to wild innovations on the Fringe, and the unleashed jubilation of our closing night party, we witnessed magic. What we saw and felt was community created by the wonder of performance.

BorderLight 2019, in every way, exceeded our expectations. But none of this would have been possible without the magic worked by our Board, staff, event team, volunteers, artists and 2019 inaugural sponsors who took a chance on our inaugural festival—all of whom brought the Festival to life. Our gratitude is boundless.

Here, we share with you some highlights from the summer and an invitation to help shape what is to come.

"A Kingdom, A Chasm" (Vagabond Inventions)

4,000+ ticketed attendees

10,000+ attendance festival-wide

"Creatures" by Roger Titley

Visitors from 26 states + England

267 artists from 8 countries and 11 states

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Public Square Volunteers

90+ staff and volunteers

Numerous sold out shows

"Resistance" by Regina Taylor

45+ media stories and reviews

Over $450,000 invested in the local economy, including $200,000+ directed to local artists and arts organizations

"Good at Heart" (Hyeja Ju/Cleveland Public Theatre)