TRAVEL TO THE FRINGE

Capital Fringe, a non-profit organization, is hosting its 10th annual Fringe Festival starting this Thursday, July 9th. The performing arts festival includes live theatre, dance, puppetry, and more. There are 130 performers this year, and 20 different venues. Throughout the 22-day festival there will between 800 and 900 individual performances.
Chief Operating Officer of Capital Fringe Peter Korbel explained “It’s kind of a lively, creative environment. It’s an interesting demographic of people that come to the fringe... it’s a very eclectic, diverse group; which is always a nice thing to have in a city like D.C. that can, you know, sometimes be a bit conservative and buttoned up.” Korbel went on to say that the mission of Capital Fringe is to help exploratory artists present their work to an audience, and ultimately gain publicity. The organization helps produce shows for independent artists, as well as run their box office, and even helps artists with marketing strategies. At the end of the festival, Capital Fringe gives 57 percent of ticket sales back to the artists.
The main location is on Florida Avenue, NE and will have feature food trucks and free cabaret nights throughout the Fringe Festival. For a schedule of performances and more information, visit www.capitalfringe.org. -Dakota Sherek