This summer, we will be unveiling the first ever St Lou Fringe Festival from June 21-25 in Grand Center and the Locust Business District. Now I know you’re asking yourself, “What the … fringe is a fringe festival?” Well, I am glad you asked!
A fringe festival is essentially a performing arts festival. We have thirty artists, twenty local and ten national, slated to perform along with street-level performances. Our festival is unjuried and uncensored. If an artist wants to be a part of the festival, it’s our job to facilitate that. No resumes, no script reviews, no knowing the executive director’s brother’s best friend’s cousin to get in. This means we have performers who just started during their thing to companies that have been around for a hundred years. It also means you’re not just getting one type of performing arts. We have theater, dance, music, performance art, comedy, vaudeville, and everything more and in between. In doing this, we hope to provide our lovely artists a professional setting to showcase their work. At St Lou Fringe, we’re all about connecting brave artists with bold audiences.
When we heard about Grouphug, we knew it was right up our alley. Part of what we’re doing is promoting the community we’re in and we L-O-V-E our community! We’ve had so much support from not just the Locust Business District and Grand Center Inc, but from other people, local businesses, and organizations, like Grouhug!. Without them, none of this would be possible.
So when someone starts complaining that nothing cool or exciting happens in St. Louis, mention us. Let them know the only way to keep cool things going on in our little-big town is to tell everyone you know about them and support them with your time, your donations, your patronage, and your love.
Come out to our festival from June 21-25 and fringe the world with us!
—Tara D. a.k.a. Lady Lou Cooper (mascot of St Lou Fringe)
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Editor’s Note: See a Fringe preview at the GROUPHUG St. Louis 2012 event on Saturday, May 26th at 7pm!