As most of you know, Wishbone is working hard to send SPANDEX to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this fall. Many of our friends and family are donating generously so that we can travel overseas to one of the biggest fringe festivals in the world. We could not be more grateful for the support. I realized that it might be important to talk about why going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival matters to us as a company. To do that, I wanted to briefly discuss the significance of participating in arts festivals in general, and why Fringe festivals continue to matter to communities and artists.
Edinburgh Fringe has been around since the 1940's, bringing all sorts of theatre, musical acts, comedians, and street performers to it's city ever since. It's not about the big names or even what will make a lot of money. Fringe festivals like Edinburgh, exist around the world because creative arts still matter to communities on a personal level. There is nothing like seeing something live, in front of your face. We spend so much time not interacting with other people. Live festivals certainly survive on live audiences, and increasingly, performers are asking for participation.
Fringe festivals are an opportunity for artists to experiment and explore. I have seen some of the best shows at the Chicago Fringe Festival, for example, mainly because they pushed the limits of traditional theatre.
Check out this video of highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. See the amount of audience interaction and all of the people experiencing street performance wherever they walk through the city. It is incredibly exciting and inspiring.
David Binder, a theatre producer, gave an awesome TED talk about festivals. I certainly encourage you to google it. In the talk David says, "festivals promote diversity, bring neighbors to dialogue, offer opportunities for civic pride, increase creativity, and improve our general psychological well-being. In short, festivals make cities better places to live." I could not agree with him more.
Wishbone is looking forward to the amount of art we will experience in Scotland. We will be able to share SPANDEX with new faces, but more importantly experience new ideas, perspectives and beauty that live performance can bring.
If you are in Chicago, we invite you to come to a benefit for SPANDEX (filled with live entertainment and fun!!) at Black Rock Pub on June 5th, please check out the Facebook invite below and come along!
It's suggested donation, only. So seriously, we'd just like to see your face, with no financial pressure. Also, please check out our Indiegogo campaign on the tab to the right! We thank everyone again for their continued support!
The photograph above is from cultureweekly.com.