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International Fringe Festival Orlando

The International Fringe Festival Orlando is 14 days of music, dance, art, theater and all-out fun right in the heart of central Florida.

There's something for every age group at this festival.

It is the longest Fringe Festival in the United States and one of the biggest and most accessible in the country.

Fringe Festivals have cropped up around the world, offering a wide range of arts and music at an affordable price.

What is Fringe?

The term was coined in the 1940's when eight theatre companies showed up at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Their goal was to gain recognition from the masses attending the festival.

When performing artists gathered in church basements and open fields around a well-established arts festival, literally working "on the fringe" to get noticed by the crowds who couldn't afford the tickets to big shows.

Fringe is considered similar to the something that you would find in an Off-Off-Broadway show or at one of the European "free theater" groups.

Venues

The festival in Orlando will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016.

The doors will be opened and the stages will be lit from mid to late May.

One hundred percent of the profits from the box office of the Orlando Fringe Festival go to the artists involved.

When it started, the Orlando Fringe Festival staged its performances in empty storefronts in the city's downtown.

Since 2005, performances have been set up in Loch Haven Park, the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and the Orlando REP.

Schedule

Kid’s Fringe events are held at the Mennello Museum.

There are ticketed events, free performances, and a large beer and food tent at the festival’s heart, so plan to spend the whole day exploring and being entertained.

You can buy single tickets, or subscribe to a whole venue series depending on how many performances you want to see.

Remember, this is an event for the people so attending these events won't break the bank.

You will find performances from Circus Arts, the Humor Mill Orlando, and Hand Puppet Inc., among dozens and dozens of others.

Here’s the list of all scheduled performers and their venues.

By Marie Ospina

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