The first annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, scheduled for May 9-13, will be a five-day extravaganza featuring 29 eclectic shows from artists across the country.

The performing arts festival follows the “fringe” mission to provide an accessible, un-juried, uncensored outlet for all manner of theatrical work. Joining an international circuit of such festivals, Atlanta Fringe is dedicated to showcasing original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression and that pushes audiences to consider new perspectives.

A number of Atlanta’s notable companies are involved including OnStage Atlanta, Twinhead Theatre, and Timblerig Circus presenting drama and comedy. Also expect spoken word, storytelling, dance, cabaret and opera.

Fringe’s inaugural festival will feature artists from the Atlanta area, 10 other states and even from as far away as Italy. Content ratings range from family friendly to general audiences and mature audiences.

Festival venues are Beacon Dacen, CORE, Horizons School and WonderRoot in Decature and The Mask Center in Little Five Points. Tickets will be $10 per performance, plus a one-time purchase of a $3 Fringe button. Multi-show passes are also available for pre-sale.

More information about each company’s performance is available at atlantafringe.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.