The Fringe Festival announces its return after a three-year hiatus

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Often considered a staple of eclectic artistic expression, the Minnesota Fringe Festival will once again return to Minneapolis this summer.

The annual festival will host 595 live performances over 11 days in as many locations across the city from August 4-14.

The “art disruptor for local and national artists” will host nearly 1,000 artists across 119 shows selected by lottery in a public draw after receiving submissions from local, national and international applicants.

“We are thrilled to see our stages come back to life after a nearly three-year hiatus and to see artists, audiences, staff and volunteers co-create our annual adventure,” said general manager Dawn Bentley in the announcement.

New this season was the introduction of an equity lottery awarding the top 10% of festival slots for BIPOC producers, writers, directors and choreographers.

It will also be the third year of its Touring Artist Initiative, which reserves 10% of festival slots for artists from outside the 11-county metropolitan area.

Both programs were implemented with the aim of uplifting underrepresented artists, according to festival organizers.

The shows will take place at the Theater in the Round Players, Mixed Blood Theatre, Rarig Stroll Thrust, Rarig Kilburn Arena, Rarig Nolte Xperimental, Augsburg Mainstage and Augsburg Studio in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, and at the HUGE Improv Theatre, Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts Black Box and Center for the Performing Arts Flex in Uptown.

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