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Fringe Festival expands again; to run 12 days in 2019

David Schiffhauer
Massaoke at Parcel 5 in 2018.

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is expanding again. Organizers have announced the 2019 festival will open on Tuesday, September 10 and run through September 21. That extends the multi-arts festival to 12 days.

This past year, the festival ran for 11 days, which was up from 10 days the year before.

Festival Producer Erica Fee said that,  “We are thrilled to announce that 2019 will see a dozen days and nights of Fringe, which will benefit shows, venues, our production team, and – above all – audiences.”

In order to further support its independent venues and productions, Fringe will open its 2019 show submission period one month earlier than last year – on March 1 – and expand it from four to six weeks, ending April 15. Those FREE submissions are made via directly to the venues, which book on a rolling admissions basis that favors earlier applications.

The 2018 Fringe offered 549 performances and events in 33 spaces at 23 venues in downtown Rochester. Organizers say that this year’s edition broke previous ticket-sales records by more than 12 percent.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.