Fringe Festival

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The Fringe Festival is described by its organizer FringeArts as "a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city."

It is described by Visit Philadelphia as
one of Philadelphia’s signature fall arts events with progressive performances from artists across the globe.

Presented by FringeArts, the Fringe Festival features hundreds of dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word performances in traditional venues, but also on street corners, cars, galleries, cabarets and restaurants. It’s offbeat, daring and avant-garde with lots of artistic cross-pollination.

Curated and organized by FringeArts, the festival features presented performances and neighborhood shows open to all artists. The festival’s performances and complementary events span an incredible range of genres, often pushing limits beyond traditional artistic boundaries.

Influenced by Edinburgh, the granddaddy of all Fringe Festivals, five Philadelphia artists banded together in 1997 to create an outlet for other contemporary and experimental performers to present their works. What began as a five-day event, the Fringe Festival has grown into more than two weeks of high-quality, highly innovative artistic presentations.

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