The Hollywood Fringe Festival (www.hollywoodfringe.org) announced today that the fifth annual festival will take place June 12th-29th after a week of Previews taking place June 5th-10th and an Opening Night Party on June 11th. Fringe organizers have opted to continue hosting the festival over an 18-day period (up from 11 days during the event's first three years) due to the success of the extension in 2013. The festival sold 35,000 tickets in 2013 and gave back all $258,000 to participating artists and venues. The event continues to be one of the largest uncensored performing arts festivals in the country.
"Since 2010, we've made it our mission to include all types of artists and arts supporters, challenging the stereotype that Hollywood is always an exclusionary arts scene. As a result, a very special community is growing, one that encourages and cherishes the work of others," says Ben Hill, Hollywood Fringe Festival Director. "As a community, we sold 10,000 more tickets in 2013 and generated $58,000 more for the arts. We hope to top those numbers in 2014. If our first four years are any indication, that goal is entirely achievable." Hill and other organizers behind the Hollywood Fringe are planning to host a number of Town Halls and Workshops to assist venues, participants and other community members prepare for the festival (dates TBA).
Registration for the Hollywood Fringe opens February 1st and closes on April 1st. The event is open and non-curated; any artistic group able to book a venue within the festival’s boundaries may register. Registration for the festival is a three-step process. The first step is the creation of a project page (http://hollywoodfringe.org/add_project) on the festival’s site. Second, the project must be booked at a participating venue within the festival’s boundaries. Once the venue deal has been completed, groups can complete registration by paying the registration fee. The first two steps can be started before February 1st. Read more about the registration process here.
Traditional theatre spaces as well as temporary or DIY spaces are encouraged. Venues can list their space on the festival’s website starting today. Participants may attempt to book a venue that has already signed up, or they may bring their own venue. All registrations complete before April 1st will receive placement in the Festival’s Guide, which will be distributed throughout Hollywood and greater Los Angeles starting May 2014. Registrations completed after that time will be included in listings on the Fringe’s website.