Minnesota Fringe launches applications for 2014 festival

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Fringe Festival released applications Thursday morning for
its 2014 performance festival (Jul. 31-Aug. 10, 2014). Interested performers from across
the country and around the state can apply for a spot in the unjuried, uncensored festival.
The festival’s lineup of 170+ shows, however, is ultimately decided by a random lottery
held in late February.

“The application is very simple,” explained Fringe Executive Director Jeff D. Larson. “We
don’t check anyone’s credentials or performance know-how. We don’t even check for a
show title. All it takes is the desire to create a performance – the rest is up to the lottery.
That’s what’s so exciting about the Fringe – anyone can do it.”

New this year is the option to apply to bring a site-specific performance to the Fringe. The
last time the festival offered site-specific performance was in 2010 with its “Bring Your
Own Venue” program. “In years past we’ve allowed performers to use a space outside of
the venues the Fringe provides,” said Larson. “This year we really wanted to open up the
festival to things like outdoor performance and performance in public spaces.”

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe is February 14 at 5 p.m. CST. The
application along with instructions to apply can be found at fringefestival.org. The fee to
apply is $25.

Minnesota Fringe is the one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country, now in
its 21st year. In 2013, the annual festival issued 50,007 tickets for 895 performances of
176 shows and featured the work of over 1,100 artists. The festival returns at least 65% of
ticket sales to the participating producers; in 2013, over $245,000 was paid to artists.

 

Contact:
Ann B. Erickson, Associate Director
Cell: 612.710.2569; Office: 612.872.1212
Email: ann@fringefestival.org

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