MKE Fringe Fest

MKE Fringe Fest

The Milwaukee Fringe Arts Festival

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A Message From Willem

** Milwaukee Fringe Festival Response to COVID-19**

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the MKE Fringe Team had to make some difficult decisions. With all that is going on in the world, and the uncertainty of when we may return to normal, we have decided it would be irresponsible for us to hold the festival as originally planned.

We will no longer be having the festival at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts August 21st through the 23rd, 2020.

Please stay tuned as we work to come up with solutions and alternate events to keep the essence of the MKE Fringe alive. Know that we will continue to support the arts community of the city and region as best we can.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy and safe.

A NOTE FROM WORLD FRINGE SOCIETY:

As the world is in the midst of mass separation, the global fringe movement has joined forces to share their vision of a new way of being and a future back together.

“As a united family of international Fringe Festivals, we maintain hope for the future. Sustaining a cohesive creative community is at the forefront of our Fringe Festivals ethos. We aim to mitigate risks for artists and support the creative ecology, during this time, by using our access to local communities.


As the period of adjustment moves to recovery, Fringe Festivals will utilize skills and connections to rebuild economic growth and access to presenting work. Fringe Festivals will continue to offer artists and all those involved, access to stabilizing conversation and an open door to innovation.


The Fringe Festivals worldwide pledge is to be generous of spirit by giving time and energy, and a platform of support to re-aggregate and rebuild our creative society”.


#UnitedWeFringe #FringeFamily #WorldFringe #Coronavirus #COVID19

Thank you to all who participated, attended, donated, and helped make the 2019 Milwaukee Fringe Festival happen!

The Milwaukee Fringe Festival

Milwaukee’s Theatre, Art, Music and Dance festival! Check out one of the biggest art events of the year! Celebrating 4 years of Fringe this August 24th and 25th 2019. 

Following the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a showcase of a diverse collection of artists that call Milwaukee home. From theatrical actors to painters, musicians to tap dancers, performance artists to playwrights, MKE Fringe is a joyous celebration of what makes Milwaukee’s culture vibrant and extraordinary.


What is a Fringe Festival?

In the summer of 1947, eight theatre companies arrived at the Edinburgh International Festival hoping to put on their shows. When they were turned down by the larger festival, they decided to put on their own. These smaller companies literally performed on the fringe of the larger festival, and thus the idea of the Fringe Festival was born. In the time since, Fringe Festivals have sprouted up in arts-minded cities, including New York, London, Sydney, and Minneapolis.Fringe Fest Logo

Milwaukee finally added its name to the list. In August 2016 the MKE Fringe made its debut in downtown Milwaukee. Following the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a showcase of a diverse collection of artists. From theatrical actors to painters, musicians to tap dancers, performance artists to playwrights, MKE Fringe is a joyous celebration of what makes Milwaukee’s culture vibrant and extraordinary.

Milwaukee Fringe Festival is presented under the direction of John Schneider, produced by Karen Raymond and  Katie Rhyme, and is a collaborative work with additional local arts advocates. The festival is produced under Nice Plays, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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We need your support to make the Fringe a reality! Every dollar goes directly to supporting the event.