june 23-26, 2022
South Bend |Indiana
25+ Unique acts
100+ total events
4 days
Dozens of Genres

 

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fringe

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the details

WHAT IS A FRINGE FESTIVAL?

Fringe /frinj/ (n., adj.):

bangs, decorative trim, natural border, tassels; not part of the mainstream, unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.   

 

Festival /’festəvəl/ (n.):

an organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place

 

Fringe festival /frinj ‘festəvəl/ (n.):

an arts festival featuring alternative or experimental performances and exhibitions

 

This theatre fest originated in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1940s as a big middle finger to an invite-only arts festival that was happening at the same time.  Independent artists banded together, and the first Fringe was born!  Now Fringe festivals happen all around the world to celebrate the creativity of independent performing artists. 

There is no hierarchy of good art vs. bad art in Fringe–everyone has a shot of making it into the festival regardless of what their show is.  The content is purposefully uncensored for artists to gain full creative freedom.  To explore other Fringes, visit: http://www.worldfringe.com/members. 

WHEN IS THE 2022 SOUTH BEND FRINGE FESTIVAL?

The second iteration of South Bend’s own Fringe Festival will happen this June 23–26 at South Bend Civic Theatre and St. Joe County Public Library.  25 shows will perform multiple times over the course of 4 days…totaling 100 individual performances!

THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Tickets can be purchased for a weeknight, weekend day, or for individual performances. 

I'M A PERFORMER AND I'D LOVE TO PERFORM AT THE FESTIVAL!

We’re all filled up for this year but make sure you apply to perform for the 2023 Fringe Festival!

WHERE DO I PARK?

We are encouraging attendees to park in the lots at South Bend Civic Theatre (403 N. Main St.) and First United Methodist Church (333 N. Main St.) and walk to the stages.  Parking can also be found throughout downtown South Bend.  

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

Tip the artists!  We are encouraging all audience members to tip the artists as you see shows you enjoy!  Venmo/CashApp/PayPal info is listed under artist profiles on the website.  Let’s support our local artists.

Bananas!  Volunteers dressed as bananas will be around the Fringe if you aren’t sure how to get to a stage or are wondering what time and where the next show is! 

Services

VENUES

Performance space can be found at and around the CIVIC. 

-Wilson Auditorium

-Warner Studio Theatre

-Foegley Plaza

-CIVIC Green

PERFORMER SPOTLIGHT

Several of our 2021 performers are coming back! Check out our performers’ page to learn more. 

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About FRINGE

South Bend Civic Theatre, Downtown South Bend, and South Bend Venues Parks and Arts are proud to announce South Bend’s Fringe Festival June 23-26th, 2022!  More than 25 unique acts will perform multiple times over the course of four days, spanning a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theatre, music, comedy, dance, and more! South Bend Fringe is here to celebrate the creativity of independent performing artists. 

Mark your calendars and come feel the artistic heartbeat of our city this June. 

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