Fringe Arts Festival: Winter Whimsy in Asheville
By Cat Kessler
Countdown to the festival: January 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.
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.
Festival organizers are still working on the details for the 2021 event as they monitor the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Possibilities range from "an all-digital event to streamed performances by out-of-town artists, and locals having the option to be onstage, in person."
Whatever the form it takes, they are committed to having a festival of some kind in 2021!
Know before you go
2021 Dates: TBD
How to enjoy: Festival format to be announced.
Top photo courtesy of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Other photos by Jason Tarr.