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Annapolis Fringe Festival

Annapolis, MD (10-25-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, encourages residents to visit West Street this Sunday and enjoy a twist on traditional theatre and art.

In its second year, the Fringe Festival will take place on Sunday, October 28, along the West Street corridor, from Westgate Circle to Church Circle. Restaurants and vacant shops will be occupied with everything from trapeze artists to bubble fairies.

Fringe is a term used to describe theater that is not in the mainstream or presented in alternative formats, encompassing everything from staged readings of works in progress to performance art to street theater. 

The original Fringe Festival was staged in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1948. Since then, Fringe Festivals have been held in nearly every major city, varying in size and scope, but always presenting a forum for experimenting with the boundaries of theatrical performance.

“The Fringe Festival is a cool way to celebrate some of the unconventional diversity of our City and its artists,” Mayor Josh Cohen said. “Now in its second year, it is becoming part of our Arts District's unique character, which lends to the enduring appeal of Annapolis.”

This years artists range in experience from first time exhibitors and performers to nationally known names. 

“In the spirit of the original Fringe Festival in Scotland, the joy of fringe is organized cacophony with things happening everywhere,” organizer Gavin Buckley said. 

Fringe also presents a venue where artists can directly engage an audience without the filter of a juried panel that may be bound by preconceived notions of what art is or bound by existing relationships.

Tickets range in price from $10 to $21 and can be purchased at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, 169 West Street, Annapolis or at 49 West Coffee House, 49 West Street, Annapolis.  For more information, go to