Having last produced a full festival in downtown Cleveland in 2019, our debut year, BorderLight made the decision to postpone its scheduled biennial festival in 2021 in favor of a summer-long Virtual Festival that featured livestreamed and on demand Fringe acts from around the world. In July of 2022, we returned to our original festival model of presenting in-person theatre in downtown Cleveland, which included a small number of international works plus a substantial domestic Fringe Festival. It was thrilling to be able to return to booking in-person performances and bringing performers here from abroad, despite the challenges of disrupted travel and visa delays.
of patrons rated their BorderLight experience Excellent or Good.
of artists rated their BorderLight experience Excellent or Good.
of volunteers were satisfied and are likely to volunteer again.
of seasonal staff rated their experience with BorderLight highly.
4,200+ festival-wide attendance
45 unique performances
205 participating artists representing 7 countries and 10 states.
ARTIST & AUDIENCE TESTIMONIALS
I got to experience places in Cleveland I've never been to before.
Super performances! A must see while in the CLE!
[BorderLight]..expanded my theatrical experience.
I am so grateful that BorderLight happens in my hometown! It's an amazing event and I plan to sing your praises to everyone!
It was a pleasure to bring Pajama Stories by Marie Cooney Stories to the festival from MN. Thanks for the warm welcome. I met some fabulous people: artists, staff, audience, volunteers. A very intimate and supportive Fringe Festival. My first touring event! I look forward to many more!
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I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with different perspectives from my own! Art can provide beautiful learning experiences.
The range of performance opportunities to experience and the diligent organization of the event was stellar!
So thrilled that Cleveland can showcase theater in such a creative and intimate way.
Diverse and delightful fringe fest.
The care and expertise in bringing together some of the best local, regional, and international theatre artists... to Cleveland!
Thank you, Borderlight, for making the city the stage with so many outside performances! [...] I am thrilled my hometown is hosting this international festival for a second season. Where else would I experience Yiddish folktales and conjure with witches coming out of retirement?
I could gush for WEEKS about how much I love BorderLight. It is the coolest theatre event in Cleveland, and I am so immensely grateful to have been able to participate in it all 3 years.
Love being a part of BorderLight Fringe! It's consistently been my best theatre experience as an artist in Cleveland.
Unique opportunity to see performers from all over the world. Many venues.
I am so grateful for this festival in Cleveland. It truly adds such an important element to our art scene.