Taipei Fringe Festival showcases theater, music
CNATAIPEI -- The Taipei Fringe Festival kicked off Saturday, featuring a diverse lineup of theater, music, dance, cross-disciplinary shows and other performances.
September 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The festival, now in its sixth year, will run until Sept. 15 at 27 venues across Taipei, including theaters, cafes and galleries, as well as hot spring hotels and an old paper mill, according to festival organizers.
Audience can enjoy over 400 performances by 109 local and international groups, ranging from improvisational theaters, clown shows and stand-up comedies, to musicals, flamenco dance and jazz performances.
Among the international groups coming to Taipei are the Hong Kong People's Fringe Association, which will perform a monologue, a dance theater, an experimental music show and a percussion performance.
Artistic directors of the Macau Fringe Festival and Hong Kong People's Fringe Festival will also attend the festival to deliver talks and interact with local artists, organizers said.
The concept of a “fringe festival” originated in 1947 when eight theater groups showed up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. More performers followed their example in the coming years, and the Festival Fringe Society was created in 1958.