What is the "fringe" anyway?

BorderLight Festival FRINGE

Sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation

What is the "Fringe" anyway? A description…or an attitude? A style…or a philosophy?

It all started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like performed at various venues on the “fringes” of the festival. In 1948, local journalist Robert Kemp, gave the Fringe its name: "Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before..." (United States Association of Fringe Festivals)

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

BorderLight Fringe will feature 25 productions from 8 U.S. states--including homegrown shows from Northeast Ohio--ranging in style from choose-your-own adventure experiences to storytelling, solo performance, physical theatre, circus theatre, burlesque, comedy, drama, and everything in between… including several unique performances designed for one audience member at a time.

Ready to get your Fringe on?

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