The definition of the word "Fringe" is "something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else, an outer edge; margin; periphery"
Example: "On the fringe of the art world."
Our local festival is a member of both the United States Association of Fringe Festivals and the World Fringe organizations, two groups working to bring focus to the more than two hundred fringe festivals throughout the world. The largest, in Edinburgh Scotland, started in 1947 and boasts over forty thousand performances of over six thousand shows taking place over three weeks in August with two million tickets available.
Grass Valley’s NorCal Fringe Theater Festival is part of a network of over three dozen fringes taking place in the United States every year. The local festival joining these two networks helped attract award winning acts from all over North America.
This year will feature myriad world premieres of shows sure to go on to tour the world. You can see them here first, right here in Grass Valley.
NorCal Fringe was created by Quest Theaterworks which is dedicated to “small but mighty” theater. As a 501(c)3, Quest Theaterworks presents plays and workshops designed to capture the power of live theater to open the heart. They always offer rich, engaging experiences so that you will leave the theater a little lighter than when you came in.
Quest Theatreworks produces the NorCal Fringe Festival, an eclectic event taking place every year in downtown Grass Valley. It’s an opportunity to experience the next generation of cutting-edge live performance right here locally at the largest rural fringe festival in North America.
Fringe Buttons are your community badge identifying you as a Fringe citizen. Wear it with pride as you journey from one Fringe experience to another.
Your Fringe button provides perks possibly including:
The button costs $5. These funds help make the Fringe better and better with each passing year. If you see someone with a button, feel free to ask them about their Fringe experience; what shows they loved, shows that inspired them!
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