The Orlando Fringe festival is a two week long cultural extravaganza with about 600 theatre, music and dance performances all held in Orlando’s beautiful Loch Haven Park, to document an amazing display of arts and music in the Orlando community, bringing the community together.
The best part about Orlando Fringe is 100% of the tickets sales goes directly towards the artist or performer. The 14-day festival even features a party right on the park with a wide variety food trucks serving anything you could ask for from Kettle corn to Greek food. Guests can even enjoy free live music with performances right on the lawn or on the stage.
Not only is the Orlando Fringe festival great for adults to have fun, but it is also a great place for families to come out and spend bonding time together. The expression of art is very important in a child’s life, as it may prevent them from getting into violence.
Harry Thomas, director of the Seattle Housing Authority said, “when children express themselves through dance or the power of their voices, they may no longer need a broken window, a can of spray paint or a gun to make their point,” according to How U.S. Communities are Using the Arts to Rescue Their Youth and Deter Crime.
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In Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, over 600 performances take place in the various surrounding museums in a 14-day festival from May 15- May 28.
The Mennello Museum of American Art has children’s arts and activities on weekends while the festival unleashes the concept of “100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, and art to all types and ages.” Not to mention that 100% of the profits goes towards the performing artist.
With almost any type of food to satisfy your liking, the park even features a food truck park and live music for everyone to come out and enjoy, even if you don’t make it to a show.
Fringe festivals were first started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 and have now been a part of Orlando’s community for 22 years as a diverse celebration, bringing the community together.