THE BIGGER PICTURE
Since 2010 Stockholm is a proud fringe host city. Stockholm Fringe festival is just one piece in global puzzle of over 200 festivals.
The original festival was put on 70 years ago in Edinburg. Ever since the festival format / movement has been spreading to every corner of the world.
One of the most common question we get is WHAT IS A FRINGE? Is it a franchise? How does it differ from other festivals out there?
During the World Fringe Congress 2012 many of these questions where thrown into the air. Here is a World Fringe Network article based on the findings.
ABOUT WORLD FRINGE
The international Fringe Festival Association set up to serve the global Fringe community, including festival staff, venues, performers & artists, agents, audiences, suppliers, media, sponsors & supporters, and wider industry professionals.
World Fringe organises and facilitates one-to-one meetings, conversation and spreading the word about existing Fringe Festivals as well as consulting with new and developing Fringes. World Fringe hosts networking events, conferences, talks and workshops on where to go and how to get involved. It offers advice on whose who, what’s on where and how it can be useful. World Fringe educates the festival sector and audiences on the importance of ‘Fringe’.
HISTORY OF THE FRINGE
In the city of Edinburgh in 1947 eight theatre groups turned up in uninvited wanting to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War.
Not being part of the official programme of the International festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows anyway. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1958 the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.
Brighton Festival had the same thing happen in 1967 when it began, but it incorporated the ‘open access’ part of the festival within its programme until 2002 when it became the Fringe we know today. Similarly Adelaide Fringe began in the early 1970’s as a reaction to the Adelaide Festival of Arts. The two festivals then went on to join forces and become one.
Since then hundreds of cities have seen the same organic phenomenon of Fringe festivals forming. This booming Festival sector has picked up the pace in recent years as we see more and more new Fringe Festivals begin.