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Orlando Fringe celebrates a successful return in its 33rd year

Orlando Fringe celebrates the successful return of the 33rd annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival “Get Fringed,” presented by City Beverages, which took place May 14-27, 2024. Over 1,400 artists traveled to Orlando from around the world to perform at one of the many venues in Loch Haven Park, Downtown Orlando and in between. Orlando Fringe hosted over 115 shows (1,000 performances) from every genre imaginable, such as storytelling, dance, spoken word, musicals, comedy, magic and more. The 14-day immersive cultural experience attracted approximately 50,000 attendees, sold 30,753 tickets and paid out $455,972.13 to Fringe artists, while Visual Fringe sold 405 pieces of art. Kids Fringe, held at the Orlando Garden Club over both weekends of the festival, attracted over 1,500 parents and children.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who joined us at this year's festival,” said Tempestt Halstead, producer of the Orlando Fringe Festival. “The enthusiasm and energy of our attendees made for a truly unforgettable event. We are especially grateful to the amazing artists who trusted us to be a part of this festival and delivered outstanding performances. We are committed to learning and growing from this year's festival and look forward to putting on an even more spectacular festival next year.”

This sentiment is shared by the festival's new interim CEO, Scott Galbraith, who says: “The unofficial theme of this year's Fringe must have been 'change'! The festival had so many new aspects, some visible to guests, some invisible, and all impactful. Through it all, the festival team – which includes artists, technicians, volunteers and staff – were present, showing up, and helping tens of thousands of guests 'get Fringed'.”

The 33rd annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was held at Loch Haven Park and included venues at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando Family Stage and Orlando Museum of Art, as well as Downtown Orlando's Fringe ArtSpace on historic Church Street. BYOVs (“Bring Your Own Venues”) this year included returning venues such as the Renaissance Theatre Company, The Starlite Room @ Savoy and Stardust Lounge, the new CityArts venue, and various site-specific venues selected by artists. Free festival highlights included the Outdoor Stage music festival, a Visual Fringe art gallery at Fringe ArtSpace and Kids Fringe, and new Fringe& panels and workshops for artists, patrons and the public held on the Courtyard Stage.

This year's festival was marked by the return of the popular Outdoor Stage theme nights on a brand new stage designed by OPAV and the successful late night shows as part of Fringe After Dark, including Fringe The Afterparty, Flashlight Cabaret, The Afters and Musical Mondays. It also premiered 24hr Inescapable by Martin Dockery, a 24-hour fundraiser that raised $970 for the festival. Digital and print programs continued. Fringe proudly offered expanded shuttle services between venues with two complimentary shuttles. Additionally, Fringe hosted a group of media leaders and social influencers from Brazil through Visit Orlando and a diverse group of artists and hospitality leaders from Saudi Arabia through World Orlando and the U.S. Department of State. Both groups experienced Fringe performances, Visual Fringe and Kids Fringe, and spoke with staff about how Fringe works and contributes to conversations about social issues and cultural preservation.

For more information about the Orlando Fringe, visit www.orlandofringe.org and for more information about the Fringe ArtSpace, visit www.fringeartspace.org.

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