This is the last week to check out the Hollywood Fringe Festival! The Hollywood Fringe Festival is annual celebration of the emerging arts in venues all around Los Angeles. In June 2011, over 200 groups participated and over 20,000 tickets were sold, making the festival a “roaring success” as dubbed by Backstage.
Fringe environments range from traditional to orthodox locations all over Hollywood: theaters, street corners, clubs, bars and many more. The boundaries of the Festival are at Franklin Avenue, Wilton Place, Melrose Avenue and La Brea Avenue. All performances are independent productions by local, national and international arts companies. In the spirit of Fringe, participation is open and uncensored. The Festival kicked off June 14 and will last until June 24, 2012.
This year’s Fringe social space will be the “Fringe Central Station” at 6314 Santa Monica Blvd. The station will feature at least two stages, the Cabaret Stage and the Up Stage along with Bryan’s Bar. Fringe Central Station will be open from 2pm to 2am daily except on Sundays, when it will open at 11am for Fringe family programming. The stage will feature hourly free programming throughout the festival ranging from open mics, workshops, show excerpts, live-band karaoke, disco, stand-up comedy, music, and much more.
With categories such as cabaret, comedy, dance, film, music, musicals and theater, everyone is sure to find a Fringe show to their liking. There will be a Fringe Awards ceremony at 7pm to give out community awards (aka “The Freaks”) to performers and producers. The ceremony is a “pay what you can” event and guests set their own prices. For more information, click here.
Bring the family to Fringe Central Station on June 24th to expose your kids to culture. The station will host puppet shows, magic, aerialists, sing-a-longs, face painting, crafts, balloon art and so much more! For more information, click here.