Orlando Fringe announces plans for Visual Fringe, Kids Fringe and Outdoor Stage

The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival presents Visual Fringe, Kids Fringe and the outdoor stage for its 31st festival taking place May 17-30, 2022 in Orlando’s Loch Haven park.

Visual Fringe is the visual arts portion of the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival that features drawing, painting, sculpture, design, jewelry making and more. This year, the Visual Fringe is bigger and better than ever with the brand new Visual Fringe HQ located in the Patron’s Room at Orlando Shakes, the former Purple Venue. The gallery will be open from May 18 to 29. Everything in the gallery is for sale, and 100% of the money from art sales goes to the artists.

Everyone is invited to the Visual Fringe Gallery opening on May 20 from 7-8 p.m. Walk through the gallery, check out the expanded offerings, and meet the gallery artists and Visual Fringe staff. The big toast is at 7:15 p.m.

Visual Fringe HQ will feature crafts, demos, live events, shows, selfie backdrops, and a creative lounge. New this year from Vexed Vending is a vending machine based on community art. Local art, nostalgic finds, kitschy items and one-of-a-kind creations can all be purchased from the vending machine. Every day, from May 18 to 29, an art market will be held where customers can buy selected pieces and meet artists in person. A screening of short films will be screened on May 20 at 9 p.m. on the theme “cinema as visual art”.

Visual Fringe extends beyond Visual Fringe HQ. The “Love is in the Air” light show will be presented on May 22 at 7 p.m. on the Play What You Can stage. Also on the Play What You Can stage on May 29 at 7 p.m. is the paid class Cocktail and Paint. On the lawn, the Stand Up Selfie Studio will offer a variety of spaces, made by FunVenture, to take photos. The Selfie Studio will be available every day from May 18 to 30.

Visual Fringe offers many other shows and events, including digital painting from your chosen songs, a presentation of the history of dirty art, henna, pet portraits and an improv show inspired art that will inspire art! For the full list, visit: https://orlandofringe.org/may/visual-fringe-in-festival/.

Kids Fringe is a free festival for children and families that takes place during the weekends of the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. Kids Fringe takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orlando Garden Club.

The free event will include live performances, workshops and artistic activities. Performances will last thirty minutes or less and will include plays, music, puppets and magic. Kids Fringe will have a ribbon cutting and juice box toast on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

New shows coming to Kids Fringe this year are The Everglads, from Puppet Celebration, Inc., The Princess and the Pea (African Version) from Lovely Day Arts, and Batman Villain Support Group, from Central Florida Vocal Arts. The Everglads is a musical puppet show about rocking crocodiles storming Florida venues. The Princess and the Pea is a tabletop puppet show that will bring a cultural twist to the classic tale. In Batman Villain Support Group, Batman’s infamous rogues gallery will team up to accomplish a feat never seen before: talk (and sing) about their feelings. Young artists from Arts4All Florida will share their talents at the Kids Fringe for the first time. Disability inclusion activist Rebecca Oslacky will sing musical theater songs and Aidan Wilson will bring an art installation to the festival.

International Kids Fringe guests include The Long Way, with trombonist Elias Faingersh from Sweden’s KEF Theatre, a samurai training workshop with Japan’s Gumbo theater group, and an object theater workshop with Yanomi Shoshinz from Japan. Returning favorites include Mad Science LIVE!, Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds and Drag Queen Story Time with Gidget Galore. Mad Science Live! offers fun and exciting experiences that are easy and safe for toddlers. Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds are Orlando’s only kids-only rock band and play fun tunes that will have you dancing. Gidget Galore will share stories that emphasize messages of acceptance, being a good citizen, sharing and inclusion.

Along with shows, music and the arts, Kids Fringe has special events planned for this year. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour on May 28 at 11:30 a.m., where children and their caregivers can visit our Fringe locations and find out what happens behind the scenes. There will be pillow fights on the Kids Fringe lawn and a parade to celebrate the end of each day. Genevieve Bernard, Education Manager and Producer of Kids Fringe, said, “I’m thrilled with this year’s fun Fringe-y lineup designed just for kids. Fringe touring artists join us from as far away as Japan and Sweden to share music, puppets, and magic and our outdoor activities are back, including site-specific theater, performance art, freestyle painting, and parades It’s going to be a great Kids Fringe.

For the full schedule and more information on Kids Fringe, visit https://orlandofringe.org/kidsfringe/.

Back on the Fringe Lawn this year is our free outdoor stage. The Orlando Fringe outdoor stage is located in Loch Haven Park and will feature performances by over 50 incredible artists including singer-songwriters, musical duos and trios, bands from all genres including jazz, latin , indie, pop, alternative rock, local dance troupes and choirs, live readings and comedians, improv groups and more! From Wednesday May 18, you can discover these artists every evening of the week from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on weekends from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Outdoor Stage will have an opening reception on Friday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. on the Outdoor Stage Lawn.

For more information on the outdoor stage, visit https://orlandofringe.org/may/outdoorstage-2/.

Briana R. Cross