The BorderLight Festival Experience

There are festivals that entertain you for a day, and then there are festivals that stay with you long after the production trucks roll away.

BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival is new biennial festival of contemporary and international theatre that launched in Cleveland in 2019. Over 4 spectacular days, the festival hosted 40 productions from across the globe (and homegrown in Cleveland, Ohio), staged in 11 indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Cleveland, from Public Square to Playhouse Square.

In 2019, shows included professional touring theatre companies from around the globe, a “fringe festival” of fresh, alternative, and original performances from companies across the US, along with special collaborations between visiting international artists in partnership with some of the city’s most celebrated theatres: Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Cleveland Play House.

Whether you’re an avid theater goer or new to live performance, or perhaps an adventure-seeker looking to discover hidden gems of downtown Cleveland, there’s something for everyone.

Stay tuned for the 2021 Festival lineup or click the link below for a recap of the inaugural festival.

Roger Titley's Creatures
"Table For Two" (Bare Theatre)