The famous (and infamous) Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is about to hit the city in a big way. This multi-day, multi-art annual performance showcase brings, as they put it: “the world’s newest and most cutting-edge cultural experiences to our city, amplifying the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural center and an unparalleled place to live, work and visit.” I agree! This marks the 15th year and, of course, it will be pioneering, challenging, exciting, off-kilter and inspiring for all.
Title: Namasya Photo: L. Philippe Pictured: S. Shivalingappa
Use the creative spirit of this fest, running September 2 – 17, to see great work and inspire your own photography and you could win highly valued passes to the 2012 festival. Submit your best photos at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Photo Contest and document as much as you can this year.
Are you not up-to-speed on what is this two-part fest? As I still am getting used to explaining the difference, so here’s how they say it:
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival is the curated festival of the world’s most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival’s Producing Director Nick Stuccio. Live Arts presentations elevate Philadelphia as a performing arts destination through offering audiences artistic experiences that are both entertaining and intellectually challenging. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally.
The Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival, where a platform is provided for new and established artists to present their work free of a selection process. For some it’s a once-a-year, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a show; for professional companies, it can be an opportunity to try something new. The Philly Fringe seeks create a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, and everything in between for audiences to enjoy; encourage artists to give expression to and develop their talents and artistic visions in total artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers in bringing that work to an audience; to help artists become successful independent producers; and ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community. In 2011, over 200 Philly Fringe shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists throughout the region.
So, will you be Fringin’ this year? Last year, I saw two fantastic dance pieces (in a warehouse, ‘natch) that I absolutely loved. Oh, and a scavenger hunt (of sorts) that was a fun activity. And I will never forger the year I saw the giant stilt-walker/dancers perform on a pier and set the stage on fire in a haunting war-based piece that was just amazing. I’m making my plan for my 2011 shows ASAP. Hope to see you there, snapping pics!
Lady M by Swim Pony Performing Arts