Applications for the BorderLight Festival Fringe are now closed.

The “fringe” concept first developed in 1948 in Edinburgh, Scotland, when groups of local actors, performers, and musicians—in reaction to the more conventional lineup of the Edinburgh Theatre Festival—launched an alternative program to run concurrent to the main event. Now almost 73 years later, the term ‘fringe’ widely refers to work that resides on the edges of the mainstream—and fringe festivals have served as a critical launch pad for independent artists to self-produce, showcase original work, engage new audiences, and network with fellow indie artists and producers inside of a vibrant festival environment.

There are now 100s of fringe festivals in North America and across the world... and each has its own structure and personality.

The 2021 festival will mark our second biennial festival. Needless to say, the last year has dealt our performing arts and events industry untold challenges—and uncertainty remains. As of the launch of the application, most indoor event venues remain closed. For this reason, under the guidance of top public health and event safety advisors, our 2021 festival has been redesigned as an outdoor, open air event—prioritizing safety, distance, and accessibility alongside artistic excellence and community impact.

BorderLight is a proud member of the United Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF) and World Fringe Network.

Lady Slay