How to keep a 20 year old Fringe Festival fresh? If the Fringe Festival is in New York City, apparently you skip a year. According to the Festival’s website, the hiatus will allow organizers to restart with a (insert mixed art metaphor here) blank canvas. No further explanation is given. From their website:
While the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) celebrates our first twenty years in 2017, we’re also taking a one-year hiatus from producing the usual festival. A lot has changed since we first envisioned the festival in the mid 90’s; so we’re starting from a blank canvas: re-evaluating everything about what a fringe festival wants and needs to be in 2018 and beyond.
We’re looking back at our founding and history, too, in order to celebrate, honor and leverage what we’ve learned along the way. We appreciate your support as we take the time to be strategic about how to make the festival of the future as strong and sustainable as possible. And we hope you’ll join us on this journey!
As L.A. celebrates its own Hollywood Fringe Festival in a few short weeks, let us remember that nothing is permanent and no art should be taken for granted. These are the good old days, people.