Philly Fringe Festival

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival is a curated festival of the world’s most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival’s Producing Artistic Director. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally. In 2011, 16 Live Arts shows will be presented.

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 from throughout the region.

The Rotunda is delighted to host multiple productions every year! In addition, from time to time, you’ll catch a Live Arts show here, usually in our sanctuary. Live Arts is the section of the festival that is hand crafted by Live Arts staff, often presenting over a dozen productions with numerous performances.

Upcoming Shows

Past Shows