WHAT IS "FRINGE" ANYWAY?
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.
BorderLight is a proud member of the United Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF) and World Fringe Network.