St. Louis Will Host First Annual Fringe Festival

The streets of St. Louis will transform into a stage for the St. Lou Fringe Festival for the first time this summer. Scheduled for the last week-end of June 2012, the celebration will take place on the fringes of Grand Center and in the Locust Business District.

The St. Lou Fringe Festival will be a five-day immersion in cutting edge performing arts, connecting brave artists with bold audiences. Organizers expect to welcome over one hundred performances by thirty local and national companies. “We are excited to see passionate artists converge to create an explosive pressure cooker of artistic expression,” says festival Executive Director, Em Piro.

Characterized by their original, accessible, uncensored and rapid-fire nature and because of the enormous success of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Fringe Festivals have been popping up around the globe. With the founding of St. Lou Fringe, St. Louis will join the ranks of metropolitan cultural hotspots like New York, L.A., New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City. St. Lou Fringe is a member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals.

Fringes are traditionally considered theatre festivals but often include dance, music, comedy, slam/spoken word, performance art, fashion, vaudeville, burlesque or circus acts. Patrons can pop into half-a-dozen shows on any given night to experience something new while street performers roam the festival grounds.

STLF needs the support of arts patrons and local businesses to make the festival a success. Potential donors and sponsors are encouraged to contact Em Piro at 314-643-7853 (STLF). Find more info at And we’ll have more information at Stage Door St. Louis as events are booked.


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