Fringe Arts Festival: Winter Whimsy in Asheville
By Cat Kessler
Countdown to the festival: January 2020 (dates to be announced)
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.
Details for the 2020 festival have yet be released. Keep checking back for more information!
Know before you go
2020 Dates: To Be Announced
Tickets: Tickets will be available online and at the door.
How to enjoy: Fringe events are listed on the web site and in a guide distributed the second week of January. Look through the choices and choose the ones that interest you! It is often easiest to catch two shows at the same venue on the same night. Ticket sales end 24 hours before each show. But you can still purchase tickets in person at Fringe Central: The LaZoom Room at 76 Biltmore Avenue. In the event that tickets still remain, any available tickets will then be sold at the door.
Top photo courtesy of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Other photos by Jason Tarr.