A group of local artists, nonprofit professionals and other arts supporters have teamed up to found the annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, a performing arts festival that follows the “fringe” mission to provide an accessible, uncensored outlet for artists who would not otherwise be able to produce or present their work. The inaugural festival will take place May 9-13.
“The idea initially came from a discussion with the Little Five Points Business Association. And, Twinhead Theatre has wanted to bring a fringe festival to Atlanta ever since we took a show to the Minneapolis Fringe in 2006,” said Diana Brown, Atlanta Fringe executive director and managing director of Twinhead. Brown is part of the core group that has been working on Fringe since 2010.
Atlanta joins other notable U.S. cities already on the fringe circuit, including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Orlando. True to the fringe way, the festival is dedicated to showcasing original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression and that pushes audiences to consider new perspectives.
“It’s a bit surreal to see our hard work and dreams finally begin to coalesce into something tangible,” said Molly Shepherd, who leads the Fringe’s fundraising efforts. “We’ve been working nonstop for more than a year, juggling other jobs and responsibilities, and we’re getting significant attention and support from other passionate people and organizations in the city.”
The Atlanta Fringe Festival is produced by Twinhead Theatre, a 501(c)(3), and is sponsored by Ambient Plus Studio, AM1690 The Voice of the Arts, Cherry DelRosario Designs, Creative Loafing, East Atlanta Copy Center, MINT Gallery, Scoutmob, Tex’s Tacos, and WonderRoot.
“What we’re doing for Atlanta is going to be huge,” Shepherd added. “Festivals like this do great things for a city’s arts scene and reputation, but can also boost the local economy by generating significant income for businesses, including restaurants and hotels. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
By definition, a fringe festival is uncensored and unjuried, and its artists get to keep the majority of ticket revenue from their performances. Submissions were randomly chosen for the Atlanta festival in a lottery drawing and can be found at http://atlantafringe.org/home/shows/.
Brown added, “While Fringe is uncensored, we do hope to showcase material suitable for all audiences and from a wide variety of performing arts genres. We want risky; we want edgy and new; but we also want to show Atlanta that there’s something for everyone ‘on the fringe.’”
Learn more about the Atlanta Fringe Festival at http://www.atlantafringe.org/.