Fringe - A Festival for the City

(Rochester, New York) – In celebration of Rochester's second annual First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, WXXI-TV is pleased to present Fringe - A Festival for the City, airing Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. Produced by Rochester Institute of Techonology's Film Professor at School of Film and Animation Johannes Bockwoldt, the half-hour documentary chronicles the process of producing the Fringe and the difficulties the organizers face in building a grassroots arts festival that depends on the support of so many. Making art takes not only talent, but determination, perseverance, and passion.

The Fringe Festival originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when a group of performers were turned away from a theatre festival and found their own performance space. A reviewer at the time called this parallel event the Fringe Festival, and it has since evolved into the biggest arts event in the world. There are currently more than 200 Fringe Festivals in the world and about 50 in the United States. Fringe Festivals offer performers and venues the opportunity to present edgier, more experimental work. Unlike conventional festivals, no curators control the content.

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival runs September 19-28, 2013. To learn more about the festival, visit




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