Happy birthday Fringe…
Fringe is seventy years-old on July 17th.
Watch FringeReview on World Fringe Day
FringeReview editor Paul Levy joined with Kevin Charles Patterson from San Diego Fringe and the hosts from the World Fringe team to celebrate World Fringe Day. Paul discussed what the real Fringe Spirit is all about…
FringeReview is a youthful eleven in 2017. We began our life at the Edinburgh Fringe as a one page web site. No we are all over the planet, mostly still based in the UK.
On July 11th 2017, World Fringe Day was a celebration of both the Edinburgh Fringe’s seventieth birthday, and also 70 years of “Fringe” around the world.
You can find out more about World Fringe Day on the Edinburgh Fringe web site here.
“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the world’s first Fringe back in 1947. Fast forward 70 years there are now more than 200 Fringes worldwide. 2017 marks 70 years since the birth of the Fringe concept.”
As Kurt Vonnegut often said: “So it goes.”
We’ll be adding more as we get nearer the date and joining in the celebrations in our own way. So check back here regularly and on the date itself.
Why is it Fringe?
“It’s “Fringe” because it sits on the fringes of the “mainstream”. It’s Fringe because it isn’t “West end” or “Broadway”. It’s Fringe because its spaces are often on the “fringes” of other activities, primarily the consumption of alcohol and honey- and wasabi- dressed nuts.
“It’s Fringe because its creative material is on the “edge” (sometimes the cutting edge) of writing and dramatic experimentation. It’s Fringe because it is eclectic, different, not quite accepted by the “middle of the road mass consumption”.
“It’s also Fringe because it’s a bit cheaper, at a kind of borderland between profit-share and salaried, earning a living and dreaming of earning a living. These days it can also be fringe on fringe, as some Fringe tries to be corporate and mainstream. The Edinburgh and New York Fringes have their own Fringe fringes.
“Fringe Theatre sometimes occupies a kind of twilight zone where “professional” can mean many different things. It can be unproductively elitist, marvellously and tragically underfunded, realising potential and being a place where, with just a few more thousand pounds, potential could be realised. It is a fiver upstairs at a pub with a “young, emerging group (students) curling up in foetal positions and screaming to the sound of Franz Ferdinand (hard-hitting physical theatre) and with an equally young group (possibly students too) creating genuinely awesome, original, ground-breaking performance.
“Fringe is not just a festival in May, July or August. It is also an ongoing festival, all year, all over the world, celebrating creative endeavour, making work possible, creating access of current and new theatre-goers. When it mainstreams, it kind of dies in spirit (though it may arise as something else). It needs to be literally on the fringe of something to keep alive. When it becomes corporate, something is lost. Yet when it remains under-funded and half-baked, something is not found that should be.
“Fringe theatre will always be hard to define, will always be multidisciplinary, will always embrace poverty-funding along side arts-council-elitism. It will also be an open and a closed door, prohibitively expensive, and often raucously community-based and open-door. I love it all. I hate it all. But mostly, I love it all.”
(Paul Levy, editor and founder of FringeReview)
Here’s the World Fringe Day web site
Join World Fringe Day on Facebook
Follow World Fringe Day on Twitter
View World Fringe on Instagram
Visit the World Fringe web site (An association of Fringe Festivals)
Some of the World Fringe Day Participants
(Photo: The Meadows, Edinburgh, a haven at Fringe time)
Here are some Fringes around the world that ran events and celebrations on World Fringe Day…
Adelaide Fringe (Australia)
Fort Collins Fringe (USA)
Montreal Fringe (Canada)
Morecambe Fringe (UK)
Rochester Fringe (USA)
Toronto Fringe (Canada)
San Francisco Fringe (USA)
Vancouver Fringe (Canada)
Send us your fringe events for World Fringe Day and we’ll link to them. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
World Fringe Day Newswire
11 July: World Fringe Day: 70 years of risky, revolutionary theatre (The Guardian)
9th July: Thousands of free days out to the Edinburgh Fringe given away (The Scotsman)
29 June: World Fringe Day: A new global theatre celebration (The Stage)
29 June: Buxton’s historic Pump Room to host World Fringe Day celebrations (Buxton Advertiser) and here
7 June: World Fringe Day (Edinburgh Guide)
1 May: Brian Ferguson: Time to start shouting about the 70th Edinburgh Fringe (The Scotsman)
25 April: World Fringe Day to celebrate Edinburgh’s 70th anniversary (The Stage)
25 April: First World Fringe Day to mark 70 years of Edinburgh event (BBC)
25 April: Edinburgh Festival Fringe announces World Fringe Day (The List)
25 April: 25 April: World Fringe Day set for July 11 (AllEdinburghTheatre)
25 April: First World Fringe Day to celebrate 70 years of Edinburgh festival (Sunday Post
25 April: Global festivals celebration to mark Edinburgh Fringe’s 70th birthday (The Scotsman)
25 April: New day of world wide celebration launched to mark the 70th birthday of the Fringe (Herald Scotland)