WHAT IS FRINGE?
The Kansas City Fringe Festival is the largest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is a two-week explosion of performances, exhibits and events that showcase the work of local, national and international artists. The mostly volunteer-run organization has been supporting artists, cultivating creators and attracting adventurous audiences since July 2005.
Held annually in July, the festival unfolds through hundreds of performances, exhibits and events held at more than 20 venues around Kansas City. It offers opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with artists who are creating—and experimenting with—theater, dance, film, music and visual arts. Kansas City Fringe Festival offerings are non-juried and non-censored. Artists and performers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
During the Covid pandemic, in the summers of 2020 and 2021, the Kansas City Fringe Festival has gone virtual. But the excitement, flair and fringy-ness remain true to form.
The mission of KC Fringe Festival is to attract diverse people, nurture artists, and strengthen Kansas City economically through producing educational, cultural, accessible, and affordable events that connect audiences, artists, businesses, and civic organizations.
The vision of KC Fringe Festival is vital to our city and region: to create community, encourage creative self-expression, and to connect local, professional, and emerging artists with audiences. This weaving together of creativity and business boosts the KC economy and connects people from across the metro area. Our events help neighborhood arts organizations build audiences, businesses attract new customers and artists forge new collaborations. KC Fringe is helping to establish Kansas City as a major destination for arts enthusiasts.
KC Fringe Festival is committed to provide a respectful, safe environment free from harassment, violence, discrimination, bullying, and abuse. We will not tolerate participation in activities or behaviors that discriminate on the ground of race, gender, age, marital status, religious beliefs, citizenship, mental and physical abilities or sexual orientation.
We provide opportunities for everyone to contribute and participate in all events and activities whenever possible and all community members are to be treated with respect and dignity.
We seek to expand our reach to fight against injustices and become a more welcoming and equitable place for everyone to enjoy the performing arts.