What is Fringe?
For 11 days the Amsterdam Fringe Festival will be presenting theatre and dance by talented new, undiscovered and untamed makers at more than 30 venues across Amsterdam. Fringe is open and uncurated. We present a varied program featuring artists from a wide range of backgrounds, origins and futures. The festival is an ode to the madness of the stage and to independence of spirit and it is a plea for artistic freedom. A big, fat, heartfelt embrace of experimentation in the true sense of the word: one whose outcome is able to effect a real surprise.
Fringe is a platform and a refuge for unique artists and their audiences. Talented young makers, inventors, masters of the niche, forgers of hybrids, out-of-boxers, wildcards and the artistically homeless – either by choice or by chance: they invite you to come on a Fringe adventure to roam the fringes of the theatre and the city. From tiny stages and hidden gems to obscure garages and uncultivated areas. From theatrical fledglings, homebird jokers, heartbroken nightingales and pro-apocalyptic swansongs to peacock monologues, cuckoo stories, spring chickens dancing, and warm little performance-nests you will never want to leave. Watch them spread their wings!
There is an extensive English and ‘Language No Problem’ program, which are shows that make no use of words or language. About 50% of the shows is suitable for non-Dutch speakers. You can filter these shows at the Programme section under the tab ‘Language’
World Fringe Alliance
The World Fringe Festival Alliance is an informal gathering of international Fringe festivals to broaden platform for artistic exchange, share knowledge and have more leverage in closing large sponsor deals. The eight members are Fringe Festivals from: Grahamstown , Hollywood , New York ,Adelaide , Perth , Praag , Brighton, Edinburghen Amsterdam . Together they reach an audience of over 1 million people.
The Alliance offers exciting possibilities for artists, public and sponsors. Cultural entrepreneurship runs through the veins of these festivals and together they combine a strong creative power and a global attitude.
Under the name of “Best of Fringe” the eight members of the World Fringe Alliance exchange productions. This way shows that excel can travel the world. The Amsterdam Fringe Festival is one of the initiators of the “Best of Fringe” project and since 2009 has exchanged shows with New York, Prague, Dublin, Edinburgh en Grahams town Fringe Festivals.