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Fringe Fest is a grassroots arts effort that has been made possible through the support and partnership and support of many organizations and individuals.
What is Fringe?
Fringe theater is a tradition that started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 when eight performing groups were excluded from the mainstream annual arts festival. They decided to perform anyway, finding inexpensive or free venues on the fringes of the city. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has since grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world, eclipsing the original festival that was too afraid for fringe.
New Orleans Fringe is a grassroots community effort.
Hundreds of people have put their ideas, resources, creativity and hard work into the Fringe, including volunteers, organizers, venue technicians, sponsors, local businesses, arts organizations and of course the performers.
FATI - Fringe Alternative Theater Incubator
The Fringe Alternative Incubator (FATI) provides artists with the opportunity to take their productions to the next level and inspires new works by producing mini-events that couple successful Fringe Festival shows with new commissions. FATI provides artists with training and opportunities to take their productions to the next level and inspires new works by producing mini-events that couple successful Fringe Fest shows with new commissions.
The Fringe Mission, Vision and Core Principles
The Fringe Mission
The Festival nurtures emerging and established performing artists by presenting fun, fearless and affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, businesses and local organizations.
We bring fearless performers to fearless audiences.
Audience Diversity and Access Program (A-DAP)
Theater in New Orleans has a long and rich history, and continues to evolve as a vibrant medium which fosters artistic expression and the exploration of the human condition.