Fringe Arts Festival: Winter Whimsy in Asheville
By Cat Kessler
Countdown to the festival: January 17-24, 2021
During the winter, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival brings innovative theater, dance, spoken word and performance arts to venues throughout town. This multiple venue festival provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work.
One of the most unique things about The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is the Random Acts of Fringe (RAFs). These short, site-specific performances are mostly free and open to the public. This year, most of our RAFs are happening on social media, so be sure to follow the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival on social media for more information about these shows.
In 2021, the festival shifts to a primarily virtual format with most performances taking place online January 20-24. Ticket holders will access links to stream exhibitions of dance, puppetry, comedy, storytelling, drama, spoken word, horror and film.
Many of the shows offer talk-backs or interacitve components to help maintain a connection in the virtual environment.
The festival kicks off Sunday, January 17 with a free, live comedy show with Moira Goree, Fringe trivia, special guests, a costume party (plus chat opportunity) for virtual attendees.
Wonder what Fringe is all about?
This edgy performing arts tradition got its start in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1940s when several performing groups who had been excluded from the city's mainstream festival decided to perform on their own. Over the past 65+ years, Fringe events spread across the world and today more than 50 such events are held each year in the U.S.
Founded in Asheville in 2002, the festival has the unique mission of supporting small and emerging local acts. In fact, the lion's share of the event schedule features local actors, dancers, writers, directors and artists, but the festival also brings in top traveling acts, many of which originated at other Fringe events around the world.
now before you go:
2021 Dates: January 17-24, 2021
Tickets: Please visit the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival web site to purchase tickets
How to enjoy: Virtual, random acts of Fringe (throughout town) and limited attendance in-person events.
Top photo courtesy of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Other photos by Jason Tarr.