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About Minnesota Fringe

Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression.

Through our summer festivals and dynamic year-round programming, Minnesota Fringe is an artistic disruptor for local and national artists — to take bold risks, develop new ideas, and hoist themselves to the next rung of their artistic ladder.

As the producer of the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest, our annual Minnesota Fringe Festival event fills 40,000 seats with audiences viewing dozens of works at hundreds of performances by more than 1,000 artists on a variety of stages in late summer. We also create the Minnesota Family Fringe featuring productions for kids and families interested in new, adventurous work.

Fringe Presents is our annual curated performance series highlighting local and national artists around a unified theme. Drafts & Draughts brings innovation and community commitment together in a scratch (works-in-progress) series of multidisciplinary work still in development. Beyond the Box incubates artists and companies to develop public, outdoor performances in Minneapolis.

Fringe is overseen by a governing board of directors and operated by a year-round staff that balloons to nearly 100 seasonal hires leading up to the Festival Season. Fringe receives critical support from over 300 dedicated volunteers logging a combined 4,000+ hours each year. Fringe with Benefits members deepen our community connections and further strengthen relationships between adventurous artists and adventurous audiences by supporting adventurous art year-round.

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