Twenty-two venues. More than 180 performances. Over 32,000 attendees. And that was just in our first year. The 2013 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will be even more of a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul. We’ve expanded from five days to ten and will add up to even more shows, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers. All in the heart of Rochester’s East End. Let’s put on a show!
In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with approximately 20 existing within the United States. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities. For example, last year the Edinburgh Fringe saw 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues lasting the entire month of August. It grosses over $100 million annually for the Scottish economy.