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Rochester Fringe Festival

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival takes place annually in September. Since its inception in 2012, the festival doubled in size from five to ten days and has attracted more than 50,000 people to its performances at more than two dozen official venues in and around the East End.  

The 2015 festival runs from Thursday, September 17-Saturday, September 26.  

For complete details on shows, venues, free offerings, and all things Fringe, check out www.rochesterfringe.com or email questions to info@rochesterfringe.com.   


Bandaloop 2013

FRIDAY ON THE FRINGE featuring Grounded Aerial

If you liked BANDALOOP, you’ll love Grounded Aerial!

According to the Festival's website: "Prepare to be captivated by wow factors with feats that seamlessly combine artistry and storytelling. With over 30 years of combined experience in choreography and aerial dance, Grounded Aerial has performed internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, and on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and I Can Do That. Its technically trained dancers and aerialists come from such backgrounds as De La Guarda, Cirque du Soleil, Stomp, and Pilobolus. Specializing in mind/bodybending choreography, Grounded Aerial takes audiences to a breathtaking high – literally and figuratively. Grounded Aerial will be dancing on the side of the 21-story One HSBC Plaza, as well as on A Tribute to Man (the metal structure within the park). Joining them will be Rochester’s own BIODANCE.  A breathtaking new high is coming to the Fringe. Look up, Rochester!"

Viewing Area: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Manhattan Square.

How to Enjoy Grounded Aerial: Lie on the ground and look up for best viewing. We suggest you bring a chair, mat or picnic blanket.

When: Friday, September 18, 5-10 p.m. (Grounded Aerial performs 8-8:30 p.m.)

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square

Cost: FREE!

Other Friday on the Fringe entertainment:

Buskers and Street Performers (5:00- 7:30pm): Buskers and street performers will perform at various locations around the park.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Amphitheatre (5:00 - 7:30pm)
5 - 7:30 p.m.: Light Graffiti Experience: Join the Rochester Mini Maker Faire crew for an interactive, hands-on experience. Light Graffiti returns to downtown Rochester and audience participation is needed to make it amazing. Make LED Throwies and add to the graffiti street art project by throwing these little lights onto their giant canvas. It’s a community effort that’s fun for all ages! You’ll want to stop back and see it all night long as it grows and morphs into a kaleidoscope.

5 p.m.: Shine: One of the hottest party bands in Western New York, Shine will get the Friday on the Fringe fun going!

6 pm: Feadán Òr Pipe Band: As the mother of all fringe festivals is Edinburgh, it’s only fitting that the sounds of Scotland fill the park! Bagpipes, snare drums, tenor drums, and bass drums from the regionally renowned Feadán Òr Pipe Band will transplant the Rochester crowd to Auld Reekie.

6:15 p.m.: Mounafanyi: Enjoy the explosive rhythms and dances from Rochester’s only PanAfrican performing group. For details on their full length show, click here.

6:30 p.m.: 1916 : This Rochester-based band is an explosive concoction of modern Irish Punk and psychobilly, giving 1916 a unique sound that stands apart.

Why is it called a Fringe Festival? 

In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with over 20 existing within North America, including Toronto, New York City, Hollywood, Chicago, and Orlando. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities.

A crowd is dazzled by aerial dancers, Bandaloop, at Manahttan Square Park 


General festival questions? Send an email or visit www.rochesterfringe.com.  


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