Every fall, Philadelphia’s arts scene steps up its game from consistently amazing to truly phenomenal with the advent of the annual Fringe Festival, now in its 18th year of bringing progressive performers from near and far to Philadelphia stages and places.
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival returns September 5-21, with 17 days filled with hundreds of performances of theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word presentations performed in venues from traditional stages to street corners, cars, galleries, cabarets and restaurants.
Curated and organized by FringeArts, the 2014 Fringe Festival features works by acclaimed contemporary artists in its presented performances and welcomes any and all artists to its neighborhood shows. The festival’s performances and complementary events span an incredible range of genres, often pushing limits beyond traditional artistic boundaries.
An expansive and compelling array of works make up this year’s presented show lineup, including four world premieres: The floating public art installation WetLand; a world-premiere co-creation from Pennsylvania Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music and FringeArts; the new 99 Breakups from Pig Iron Theatre Company; and, last but not least, The Adults from New Paradise Laboratories.
And that’s just the start.
Tickets are on sale now for all Fringe Festival performances, including both the neighborhood and presented shows.
Plus, adding an exciting element to this year’s festival, the full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey — La Peg at FringeArts — will open in conjunction with the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. La Peg promises to bring casual French dining to the waterfront venue, and amp up the daily traffic as an indoor-outdoor, come-one-come-all brasserie with seating for more than 100, a full bar with a dozen seats, and outdoor seating for 40.
In yet another culinary element, come Thursday, September 18, this city’s culinary artists rally to support Philadelphia’s performing artists, too, with the annual Feastival event, a fabulous benefit for contemporary arts organization FringeArts and the Fringe Festival that gathers dozens of top Philadelphia chefs and live entertainers to raise funds for the city’s cultural economy.
Stay tuned right here for more on FringeArts and for tons more on the 2014 Fringe Festival as this year’s showcase draws near.
2014 Fringe Festival
When: September 5-21
Where: Multiple venues
More info: www.fringearts.com
When: Thursday, September 18, 7-10 p.m., VIP begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 1 N. Delaware Avenue, between Market and Chestnut streets
Cost: $250 general, $350 VIP
More info: www.phillyfeastival.com