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Who runs the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati as our final presentation of each season. All year-round Know Theatre staff work on the Festival, including Chris Wesselman (Producer of Irregular Programming, which includes Fringe) We also bring in part-time staffers and hundreds of volunteers to help make the magic happen.

What is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

A 14-day celebration of theatre, art, music, film, dance, and everything between —  that’s Kinda WEIRD. Like YOU! Now in it’s 17th year, Cincy Fringe (as it’s succinctly known) presents over 200 performances of 40+ theatre productions each May and June, plus art galleries, screenings, concerts, workshops, classes, and nightly parties. 

Where is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

Know Theatre serves as Fringe HQ and is also a venue for performances, but a dozen other spaces in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati are adopted during the Festival. A majority of these venues are non-traditional spaces built out to be temporary theatres during Fringe. This helps us keep the Festival’s footprint quite small and ensures that no venue is ever more than a casual 15 minute walk away from Fringe HQ – with a few right across the street at Art Academy of Cincinnati!

When is the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

Friday, May 29th – Saturday, June 13th, excluding Tuesdays (our new dark days.) Ticketed performances run between 6:00PM-10:00PM on Weekdays and 2:00PM-10:00PM on Weekends, with additional programming and nightly after-parties happening outside those windows.

Why is the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

Cincy Fringe – like all other Fringe Festivals – exists to give opportunities to artists — especially independent artists — to present their work. The freedom artists have to create whatever they want makes Fringes a popular destination for more experimental or unusual productions. Cincy Fringe, specifically, has grown into an exceptional opportunity for Fringe circuit artists to present brand new or in-progress works, as our low upfront costs make it a low risk, financially, and our immensely supportive core of Fringe fanatics try and see as many productions as possible.

How is the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

Thanks for asking! So far, so good. Knee’s acting up a bit, but it’ll get a good stretch before the long haul ahead. Have you talked to Uncle Lenny recently?

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