KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival organizers will open the 2018 show submission process from 9 a.m. on April 1 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30.
Artists and producers from all over the world may submit production proposals directly to the 2018 Fringe’s 20-plus venues online. Based on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe model in Scotland, majority of the Fringe’s 500-plus shows are selected by the venues themselves. Only a few headliner shows and the outdoor entertainment are curated by the Fringe itself.
“In addition to making the arts accessible to audiences, our other key mission is to make audiences accessible to artists, providing them with a platform to share their ideas and develop their skills,” said Erica Fee, festival producer.
Fee said this philosophy holds true for the more than 200 Fringe festivals around the world that now take place on every continent except Antarctica.
The board of directors reported that the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival was the “most successful Fringe yet.” Attendance at more than 500 performances and events — 175 of them free of charge — was estimated at more than 78,000. In addition, more than 85 ticketed, submitted performances at almost every Fringe venue sold out.
“Last year was the best Fringe ever for SOTA,” said Adele Fico, arts center director for Rochester City School District’s School of the Arts, Fringe’s largest venue with 40 productions on four stages. “I think the shows we picked appealed to a variety of audiences, and I loved seeing young, old, kids, babies and teenagers in the building — all at the same time. I saw many familiar faces too — repeat customers from previous Fringes who literally spent the day with us.”
The 2018 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival will expand to 11 days this year on Sept. 12-22. Visit rochesterfringe.com for information.