Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Awakening & The Hollywood Fringe Festival

You've seen this term thrown around a bit on the blog, but are you wondering what exactly is the Hollywood Fringe Festival?

Don't you worry.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual festival for the emerging arts. It is dedicated to providing support and performance and visibility opportunities for artists from all disciplines - theatre, dance, music, visual arts, circus, variety, you name it - and it all happens within an 11-day period in a square mile of Hollywood. This year's festival is June 16-26, with six days of preview performances happening June 9-14.

The Hollywood Fringe is an unjuried, uncurated arts festival that attracted over 180 participant groups last year from near and abroad and sold over 17,000 tickets.

Fringe festivals happen all over the world. The original and namesake festival is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 during an arts festival dedicated to enriching post-WWII cultural life. Several small theater companies arrived uninvited and set up performances on the "fringe" of the larger festival, taking advantage of the large crowds arriving for the other festival and showing off their work. The tradition continues now, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.

Lonesome No More! is extremely excited and proud to be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. You can - and should - check out our project page on the Fringe site (snapshot above). You can read more information about us and browse all of the other awesome projects coming this summer.

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