Youth and Community Programs to Take Center Stage at Fringe Social Space
The Hollywood Fringe announced today that Fringe Central Station (6314 Santa Monica Blvd.), the site of last year’s popular social venue, will return as the community center for the 2013 festival. Several of the organization’s most popular programs will also return this year, including Fringe Family, FringeTV, Fringe Cabaret, Fringe Zero Waste Days, Fringe Hotspots and Student Fringe.
“All of our programs center around community and we have an expansive vision of who is included in that community,” said Festival Director Ben Hill. “The patrons and artists who regularly gather at Fringe Central Station, our social space, form the base of that group. But we don’t stop there: We consider the entirety of the Hollywood neighborhood part of our community, and we strive to make it a better place both by boosting local businesses and by controlling our environmental impact. There’s also the future of our community to consider, which is why one of our biggest ongoing goals is to expand artistic opportunity and education for Los Angeles youth.”
Fringe Family: Returning for the third year in a row, Fringe Family takes place on Sundays during the festival (June 16th, 23rd and 30th) from 11 AM-3 PM at Fringe Central Station and features full days of kid-friendly activity, including children’s theatre, puppets, balloon animals, crafts and more, all without any admission fee. The program was developed to encourage families to participate in the festival and expose the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and creators to the arts.
FringeTV: Audiences can keep track of what’s happening all over the “Fringiverse” by watching episodic coverage on FringeTV, featuring participant interviews, event coverage, venue spotlights and other special features. Episodes will be posted at www.hollywoodfringe.org and on the Fringe’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/HollywoodFringe), as well as shared via Facebook and Twitter.
Fringe Cabaret: Part of Fringe Central Station’s nightly free programming includes Fringe Cabaret, a changing variety act that includes snippets of different Fringe productions. Cabaret will be occurring nightly at 8PM (except Wednesdays and Sundays) starting June 13th.
Fringe Zero Waste Days: The Fringe has committed to a series of “Zero Waste Days” in an attempt to divert over 60% of its waste from local landfills. Zero Waste Days will take place on the days of the Opening & Closing Night Parties (June 12th & June 30th) and Fridays and Saturdays during the fest (June 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th) as part of a partnership with Crown Disposal. Fringe is also partnering with Repurpose Compostables to provide eco-friendly cups and containers for distribution at Bryan’s Bar.
Fringe Hotspots: Hollywood Fringe has partnered with a number of local businesses as a part of the Fringe Hotspot Program. When a Fringe patron purchases the Fringe Button they will receive a number of benefits, including discounts at nearby restaurants and establishments participating in the program. Check the full list at www.hollywoodfringe.org/hotspots.
Student Fringe: Student Fringe returns to Bancroft Middle School on June 6, 2013 for a morning of free performance, workshops, and Q&A opportunities for middle school theater and film students. Featuring hand-picked Fringe artists with educational experience, the goal is to give Fringe artists an opportunity to give back to the community while inspiring the youth community with the do-it-yourself attitude that the Hollywood Fringe Festival celebrates. All Student Fringe programming is absolutely 100% free for students and educators.
Fringe Central Station, the community center of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is located in the heart of Theatre Row at 6314 Santa Monica Blvd. The venue will feature free programming (including many of the programs detailed above), networking opportunities, food trucks, Fringe merchandise, major Fringe events (like the Opening Night Party and Closing Night Awards) and is the location of Bryan’s Bar, the infamous Fringe watering hole. The Fringe Concierge, a patron service to assist with Fringe needs of all kinds, can also be located here. Fringe Central Station will open for the first time on June 12th at 7 PM for the Opening Night Party and will be open from 5 PM to Midnight Mondays-Thursdays, from 2 PM to 2 AM Fridays & Saturdays, and from 2 PM to Midnight on Sundays startingJune 13th. This venue is 18+ only.
The 2013 Festival is a week longer than previous Fringes, with previews for the event beginning one week from this Thursday. The festival will conclude with an Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party at Fringe Central Station on June 30th. The awards, which have led to extended national runs, publication and other successes for past award winners, are community-voted by “Fringers” who purchase tickets or write reviews on the Fringe’s website.
ABOUT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrates the Hollywood neighborhood: Fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.
Participation in the Hollywood Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts.
Key Festival Dates
June 6th-11th- Fringe Previews
June 12th- Fringe Opening Night Gala
June 13th-30th- 4th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival
June 30th- Fringe Award Ceremony & Closing Night Party