This past Saturday morning, as part of the World Fringe Congress, all the representatives from the various festivals around the world gathered at Fringe Central to set up a table for their festival, talk to artists, and trade goodies!
Here is me and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival table!
And here is just the table! With my coffee.
I tried to get a photo of the whole room of presenters.
I brought about 18 t-shirts with me to Edinburgh to give away at the fair. People kept asking me how much they were, and I replied, "FREE! Priced to sell!" As you may expect, they went quick. And good thing, as I wasn't planning to bring any of them back with me. The first round of them were taken by other Fringe Festivals, hooray!
Here is Adam of STOFF – Stockholm Fringe Festival showing how excited he is to be 'Kinda weird.'
The fair was amazing and was SO MUCH FUN. As soon as they opened the doors at 11am, a fantastic amount of artists came through to talk to all of us. I was worried no one would show up! I talked to so many wonderful people and received a great deal of compliments about how our festival is structured. We are different from many other festivals and provide a lot of support to our artists. Lots of festivals have costs associated with housing (we provide that free), venue rental (we provide that free), and participation fees (We only have a small application fee). Needless to say, many artists I spoke to were shocked and very interested in learning more about coming to Cincinnati. It's affordable compared to other festivals. I also convinced them all that they would have a great time in Cincinnati!
I coincidentally met a young man from Cincinnati. He wandered over and told me that he never knew Cincinnati had a Fringe Festival. Story of my life. Anyways, he used to work at Findlay Market and we had a nice conversation about Over-the-Rhine and his travels. Small world again!
I also met some very excited and passionate young Fringe organizers from Shenzhen Fringe Festival and Shenzhen, China. Their slogan is, "GO! Fringe! Go!" I love it. GO FRINGE!
I reached a lot of artists, hopefully we'll hear from them in the coming future!