Cleveland has an incredible theatrical infrastructure, ideal for supporting an ambitious theatre festival.


Cleveland is unusual in having two neighborhoods, Gordon Square Arts District and downtown, that were transformed by the performing arts. Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts center in the country, and Gordon Square is an engine of arts activity with the sprawling Cleveland Public Theatre campus, Near West Theatre, and others. Public Square has been redesigned as an open air performance complex. With its internationally renowned Orchestra and Museum of Art, Cleveland is already recognized as a cultural center.

Having successfully hosted many national events, Cleveland is gaining a reputation for its high quality hotels, restaurants, microbreweries and surging downtown population. BorderLight aims to elevate Cleveland’s status as a theatre city to the same level by creating an annual festival that, through the excitement of its programming and street-level experience, will draw new visitors and entice those who already know us to come back yearly.