Written on June 27, 2018
With just ten days left until the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival kicks off, we’re taking a look back at the history of Fringe both in the District and internationally.
So what is Fringe? Fringe Festivals first gained attention when local artists would produce their own work on the fringes of the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival. These local performers would produce experimental, uncensored works in any available space they could find: churches, pups, any local public building they could find.
Since the very first Fringe took place in Edinburgh in 1947, the concept of fringe has circled the globe and there are now more than 200 festivals proud to call themselves a fringe.
More locally, the Capital Fringe Festival began in 2006, with ten days of performances from more than 90 performing groups. Thirteen years later, the festival has grown to more than 400 performances over 23 days!
A fixture of D.C. summers for over a decade, this is the first year that the Capital Fringe Festival will take place in the southwestern area of the city. We can’t wait for you to join us as we enjoy fun in the sun at our five fantastic locations, and take advantage of our various button discounts along the Wharf!
Join in the celebration! World Fringe Day July 11, 2018. Fringe Festivals from all over the world show their passion Fringe. Catch a show, raise a glass, strike up a conversation with a stranger or friend about theatre.