We are less than a month away from the 2012 edition of the Orlando Fringe Festival. For 21 years, artists gather in Orlando for the 13 days festival, to present their work in an uncensored and unjuried environment. Fringe festivals have a long running history, originating from Edinburgh, Scotland. Found in 1947, the concept for a Fringe Festival soon spread throughout Europe, reaching the United States in 1992.
Until 2004 the festival took place in downtown Orlando. In that year the festival was split between its regular venue and Loch Haven Park. The latter proved a success and so, from 2005 onwards, the festival has been held exclusively in Loch Haven Park.
The Orlando Fringe Festival is the longest running out of 15 US Fringe Festivals. It is also a proud member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals. The festival is not only a great place for aspiring artists to make their debut, but also a great chance for local business to gain popularity by sponsoring the event. Fringe festivals take pride in the fact that 100% of box office sales go directly to the artists themselves.
Orlando Fringe 2012
Fringe events are eclectic in nature. Some shows will absolutely blow your mind and others will just blow. You are never safe with 100% uncensored and experimental art/theater, but that is what Fringe Festivals are mostly about. With over 70 acts, there is a little something for everyone. Those of you, with a taste for the bizarre, won’t be disappointed.
Fringe is also a family event. Kids Fringe is a part of the festival, dedicated to kids and their parents. It offers performances by Fringe artists, classes, art activities, and meet with a real life Fringezilla! It is all fun and free.
Another aspect of the festival is Visual Fringe. It has been an integral part of Orlando Fringe since the first edition of the festival in 1992. It consists of uncensored visual art in its many forms. All of the profits generated from sales go to the artists themselves. Last year, 25% of all exhibited artworks were sold during the event. Fringe Visual is truly an unrivaled platform for local artists and artisans.
Getting to the event
The event organizers anticipate some 25,000 attendees. There are about 500 free parking spaces within the Loch Haven Park facilities. Parking is usually a problem. There are also other parking options in the vicinity. There is limited street parking on Mills Avenue and paid garages, located at the Orlando Science Center and Florida Hospital. The event organizers and independent bloggers alike, advise visitors to leave plenty of time to spare for parking and ticket purchase. Quoting TheDailyCIty.com – “Parking is a big fat nasty hassle. Arrive early.”
This year, ticket prices range between Free and $11. There is also $1 service charge, which goes to the ticket company. Tickets can be bought online, at http://www.orlandofringe.org/, or directly from the Fringe Festival Box Office. You can find it inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and at the Orlando REP.
If you are visiting Orlando for the festival, please check our transportation rates from Orlando Airport. We will also be happy to provide you with quality transportation from your hotel to the event and back.