New York City has always been known as a hub for the arts. Whether it be music, dance, painting, theater or photography, everyone flocks to the concrete jungle to see and showcase talent.
This August, North America’s largest multi-arts festival, the New York International Fringe Festival will return to celebrate its 17th anniversary with 16 days of more than 1,000 phenomenal performances by hundreds of companies from around the globe in dozens of captivating venues in the city.
Founded in 1997 by Aaron Beal, John Clancy, Jonathan Harris and Elena K. Holy and produced and hosted by the Present Theater Company, Inc. the festival has so far graced the eyes and ears of more than 75,000 people and has also attracted thousands of volunteers looking to aid the success of one of the Northern Hemisphere’s most beloved events.
In the past the festival, also known as FringeNYC, has been the site of the premiers of famous theater productions such as “Dog Sees God,” “Charlie Victor Romeo” and the American-English language premier of “The Black Rider.”
The festival also includes FringeU, a group of educational events and workshops that allow participants and staff members to go behind the scenes of the festival and get an even more in depth experience, FringeART, an array of art events, FringeALFRESCO, a series of free outdoor performances, FringeJR, comprised of family oriented productions, FringeHIGH, a selection of productions that relate to the lives of young adults and adolescents and FringeCLUB, the late night hotspot lounge where artists and performers will gather to interact with each other and the audience.
During the final sessions of the festival, 20 shows will be chosen to participate in the FringeNYC Encore Series which runs into the second week of September ensuring that arts enthusiasts can get their fill before returning home for the fall.
This year’s lineup will include intriguing productions such as “Ex Machina” written by David Jacobi, “Little Piece of You” written by Mariah Freda and a reenactment of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five written by Daria Tavana. Whether you’re interested in romance or horror, fantasy or dystopia, American or Asian, this year’s festival will definitely have something that catches your eye and entertains.
WHEN: August 9 – 25, 2013
Please click here to view a complete list of FringeNYC venues.
Tickets go on sale on July 19th.
Please click here to view the show list and to purchase tickets.