BorderLight Festival FRINGE

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.

The 2019 BorderLight Festival Fringe featured 25 productions from across the USA--including homegrown shows from Northeast Ohio--ranging in style from choose-your-own adventure experiences to storytelling, solo performance, physical theatre, circus theatre, burlesque, interactive installations, comedy, drama, and everything in between… including several unique performances designed for one audience member at a time.

Applications for the 2021 BorderLight Festival Fringe will be released in late fall/early winter of 2020. Sign up for our mailing list and stay tuned for details.


BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival is a proud member of United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF) and World Fringe Network.

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