WHAT IS THE OREGON FRINGE FESTIVAL?
Oregon Fringe Festival (O.F.F.) is a boundary breaking platform for creators making unconventional work in unconventional spaces. A celebration of zany, alternative forms, the Oregon Fringe Festival is an opportunity for artists to experiment with forms not found in the traditional gallery and theater spaces. Why bring the audience to your work, when you can bring your work to the audience?
At the Oregon Fringe Festival, artists:
- Break Boundaries
- Experiment freely
- Showcase their best and craziest ideas
- Have no limitations to their work
- Don’t wait for an audience, they bring their work to the audience!
O.F.F. welcomes bold work from courageous young creators. A mixture of innovative produced happenings and installations and curated works from artists at Southern Oregon University, the Oregon Fringe Festival breaks boundaries and takes art out of its traditional venues. Why bring the audience to your work, when you can bring your work to the audience?
OREGON FRINGE FESTIVAL HISTORY
Established in 2014, O.F.F. is produced by a fresh group of diverse SOU students each year. The Oregon Fringe Festival at Southern Oregon University differs slightly in that it incorporates fine and visual arts alongside performing arts.
In 2014, the O.F.F. featured beatboxing juggler Bronkar as the headliner, alongside performances by student musicians and theater majors. For 2015 the O.F.F. went “Underground” with its theme, featuring Portland-based clown Jacob Mooney. The 2015 event saw performances taking place across the SOU campus and city of Ashland: an un-announced midday percussion performance in Lithia Park was well received, and an interpretation of “Metamorphosis” was performed at Emigrant Lake, utilizing the lake as a part of the stage. O.F.F. ‘15 also featured more visual art, including interactive sculpture and an “Art Fair” where SOU art students set up a pop-up gallery outside of the Schneider Museum of Art.
The 2016 O.F.F. is centered around the theme of “The New New,” with a mission of “Exploring new realities through artistic experiences.” The festival opens Monday, May 9th and runs through Saturday, May 14th. This year’s festival features original works of art, music, theatre, and movement. The events include a silent flashmob, singing crystal bowls, a rap show garage sale, two blocks of theatre performances, installation art, and more.