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 inperson 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.

Take a look at our 2022 Impact Report to see how the year went, and what we're planning for the years to come!


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.

Over $375,000 invested in the local economy, including $100,000+ directed to local artists and arts organizations