Fringe Festival brings back the raw edges: “Amsterdam is trolling”

Fringe Festival brings back the raw edges: “Amsterdam is trolling”
Fringe Festival brings back the raw edges: “Amsterdam is trolling”

From September 1 to 11, the Fringe Festival will be back in Amsterdam. The festival, which is literally called the frayed edges festival, seeks out the frayed edges of art and the city. The makers do this by experimenting with controversial subjects and art disciplines, for example. “Creating a stage for these artists is crucial in a city like Amsterdam.”

In eleven days, 54 different performances can be seen throughout the city. Artistic director Farnoosh Farnia says that there has been a thorough selection of the three hundred applications. “We don’t look at how much experience a creator has, but we really looked at how raw and controversial their performances are.”

Farnia occasionally tells them the ‘raw edge’ lacks in the city. “And artists have a lot to say about those raw stories and places. That’s why Fringe is so important.”

Modern dance

Elodie Emilisa is one of the artists who is allowed to dance under the name of Fringe. “I don’t look at trends, but I mainly stay close to myself.” Fringe is also seen as a springboard for young artists. Elodie will also perform a modern dance for the first time this week. “It’s a great platform for a novice maker to show your work to a wide audience.”

“Creating a stage for these artists is crucial in a city like Amsterdam,” says Farnia. “Sometimes it seems as if Amsterdam is trolling. Those frayed edges make Amsterdam what it is.”

Future plans

Farnia takes over from artistic director Aukje Hoogte after five years. “My predecessor did a fantastic job, but there are of course also things that you want to tackle as a new director. For example, I want to do everything that we can find the frayed edges in all areas.”

Farnia, for example, talks about the outskirts of the city. “Fringe really should be visible in all parts of the city and not just in the center. But I also look at the forms of stages, for example.” This year there are also performances on roofs, against walls. “Who knows, we may also be on a boat next year.”

The article is in Dutch

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