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Rochester Fringe Festival

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival takes place annually in September. Since its inception in 2012, the festival doubled in size from five to ten days and has attracted more than 50,000 people to its performances at more than two dozen official venues in and around the East End.  

The 2014 festival runs from Thursday, September 18-Saturday, September 27. 

For complete details on shows, venues, free offerings, and all things Fringe, check out www.rochesterfringe.com or email questions to info@rochesterfringe.com.  


Bandaloop 2013

Circus Orange

If you loved BANDALOOP, wait ‘til you see CIRCUS ORANGE! Part mad science, part street theatre and 100% spectacle, Canada’s CIRCUS ORANGE creates lucid dreams with explosive shows that combine mind-blowing pyrotechnics, special effects and aerial rigging with street theatre, clowning, fire arts, dance and circus. They’ll bring to the Fringe their magnificent production, TRICYCLE, but this is no kiddie bike, folks. This TRICYCLE is a magnificent, 18-foot machine that makes its nomadic journey right through the crowd, blurring the lines between audience and performer. Improvised, ground-based interactions and stunts take place along the way, with larger production numbers created at key staging areas. Then, try to catch your breath before the TRICYCLE pops a wheelie 60 feet over your head, becoming a human-powered pyro wheel. Oh, and a full-scale fireworks show rages in the background. It’s the most fun Rochester’s ever had on three wheels!

When: Friday, September 19, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square

Cost: FREE!

Spoon River Rochester

Spoon River Rochester brings the complete text of Edgar Lee Masters' haunting poetic epic about the deceased citizens of a fictional town to life on our very own Gibbs Street! And here's a secret- we happen to know one of the actors! Mayor Lovely Warren joins the Spoon River cast on Friday night's performance!

When: Friday 9/26 and Saturday 9/27 at 6:30 p.m. (Mayor Warren performs on Friday!)

Where: Gibbs Street, between East Avenue and E. Main St.

Cost: FREE!

Why is it called a Fringe Festival?

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 over 20 existing within North America, including Toronto, New York City, Hollywood, Chicago, and Orlando. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities.

A crowd is dazzled by aerial dancers, Bandaloop, at Manahttan Square Park 


General festival questions? Send an email or visit www.rochesterfringe.com.  


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