The Paris Fringe Festival returns to the French capital for its second edition and will feature theatre performances in English by international and French companies. Running from May 18 to May 28, 2017, this year’s edition of the festival will include artists from South Africa, Singapore, Brazil, the United Kingdon, Canada and France. The shows will range from drama, stand-up comedy, musicals, participatory theatre to improvised plays and solo performances in English.
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The 2017 edition of Paris Fringe Festival will also see the introduction of two new programmes: Free Fringe and the Fabrique du Fringe. Free Fringe will feature short performances of 20 to 30 minutes which will be accessible to the public for free. As part of Fabrique du Fringe, Lycée Jean Lurçat will present an open rehearsed reading of a new local production 24 HOUR PLAYS, an event during which teams will have one day to prepare and perform a show for an audience.
About Paris Fringe Festival
The concept of fringe theatre originated in 1947 during the Edinburgh International Festival, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited at the festival created to celebrate the European culture after the Second World War. Uninvited, these theatre groups decided to perform their own shows on the fringe of the festival, thus founding the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then this spontaneous theatre movement has grown into a sort of a carnival of art and performance, with over a hundred fringe festivals taking place in major cities and towns across the globe.
In 2016, Paris started one of its own fringe festival which is organised by a passionate team of international theatre makes based in France, led by artistic directors Dom Douglas and Reka Polonyi. In the context of the Paris Fringe Festival, Reka Polonyi says “Paris Fringe is a theatre festival about bringing people together. With artists coming from around the world, it is an occasion for a diverse group of local and international writers, directors, performers and choreographers to learn from each other and share new ways of working.”
Paris Fringe Festival runs from May 18 to May 28, 2017. Shows will be performed every day at various theatres and alternative spaces in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris. Participating venues include Les Feux de la Rampe, Le Kibélé, SO Gymnase Comedy Club, Théâtre Gymnase and Théâtre Trévise.
For more information about the shows being performed as part of the Paris Fringe Festival and to reserve your seats, please visit the official website of the festival here or their Facebook page. The festival schedule can also be downloaded in PDF format here.
May 18, 2017 to May 28, 2017
At Various venues
Paris Fringe Festival 2017
Paris Fringe Festival 2017 will feature eighteen shows performed by theatre companies from France and abroad. The shows, which will be performed in the English language, will take place every day at various theatres and alternative spaces in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris.