WHAT IS "FRINGE" ANYWAY?
Applications for the 2022 BorderLight Festival Fringe are now OPEN!
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 2022 festival will mark our third festival. Like many performance art organizations, we have endured a lot of shifts in the last 2 years. After COVID forced us to move our fringe festival to an online platform in 2021, we are excited to invite our community back to an in-person immersion into the world of fringe! We hope in this new season of BorderLight to expand our reach and bring new experiences to each person the festival touches. After the last few years we’ve endured, we all deserve a jolt from the normal, and artists deserve new platforms for their artwork.
BorderLight is a proud member of the United Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF) and World Fringe Network.