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Oh Boy, Here Comes the Fringe

photo credit: ALOC Media

The weird and the wacky gather in Boulder this August 16th – 27th for the annual Fringe Festival, a 12-day event full of independent and original performances on the edge of what is considered normal.

The Boulder Fringe was established in 2004 to provide a platform for artists to showcase their work in non-traditional spaces. Since then, the Fringe has educated the public about independent art that is accessible and affordable. While the organization produces plays, concerts, parties, workshops, and special events throughout the year, the summer festival is its main event.

Previous years’ performances have included puppets, masks, dance, plays, and all manner of comedy and weirdness.

Performances are known to push the envelope, with some performers looking to see how far they can go to discover a new form of entertainment. By giving these performers a platform, the Fringe showcases voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard.

photo credit: Colorado Daily

The Fringe also puts art in unusual spaces. Can you imagine burlesque in a church or clowns in a sanctuary? No? Well, the Fringe did. This years’ venues include Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Community Dance Collective, Wesley Lounge, Wesley Theater, Pine Street Sanctuary, Pine Street Fellowship, and Kelly’s Barn.

There are more than 52 Fringe Festivals held in cities throughout North America, with another 50+ Fringe Festivals occurring in Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Boulder Fringe follows a model adapted loosely from the original Fringe Festival, which first took place in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

To learn more about the Boulder Fringe Festival, visit

photo credit: ALOC Media

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