On the Fringes

By Ettie Berneking
In Culture, Feature

 

The five-day St. Lou Fringe Festival materializes for the first time in St. Louis from June 21-25, bringing more than 100 performing arts acts to the streets around Grand Center and the Locust Business District.

Fringe may be new to St. louis, but it’s far from a toddling performing arts fair. The concept dates back to the 1940s in Edinburgh, Scotland, when local media referred to alternative art fairs as surviving “on the fringe” of other more mainstream arts festivals. Since then, fringe festivals have taken root in communities around the world, striving to help established and budding artists showcase their work in inexpensive and innovative ways.

The unique strategy of St. Lou Fringe uses burgeoning neighborhoods as the stage for artists and highlights areas of both artistic and economic growth. For more info, visit stloufringe.tumblr.com.

 

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St. Lou Fringe Festival

 

Photo credit: Brian Peters.

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