I’m really excited about the advent of the first ever Rochester Fringe Festival, starting this Wednesday, September 19. You’d have to be living under a rock in Rochester not to have heard of it.
Five days. 20+ Venues. 180 performances. Something for everyone. There are awesome sounding free events (Bandaloop or Dragon’s Lair where RIT 3D Digital Design students project fairy tale graphics onto Christ Church) and performances in all kinds of genres: comedies, dance, theater, film, music. There are shows geared towards children and families, and adult only shows. If I wasn’t such a big chicken I might go for Geva Comedy Improv’s Zombie Apocalypse.
The Rochester festival is modeled after the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, started in 1947 and which this year featured 2500+ performances over 25 days. Fringe festivals are unique because they are usually unjuried and allow for a diverse set of performances.
While most of the events aren’t free, they are reasonably priced at around $15 or less. You can find Fringe flyers around town or checkout the website for the full list of events. As a parent, I appreciate that organizers listed the recommended age for each event.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Let’s make sure the Fringe Festival becomes an annual event.