“Critical Report from the World Fringe Congress” to hit Europe’s Fringes!

When infringement festival founder Donovan King was invited to the first-ever World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, he thought there had been a mistake!

After being kicked out of the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2001 for criticizing a corporate sponsor, King has made a point of crusading to protect Fringe Festivals from excessive corporate interference in order to empower artists and safeguard the indy arts event. When the businesspeople representing Canadian Fringe trademark holders refused to listen to the concerns of Fringe artists and other stakeholders, King responded by creating the infringement festival

Buffalo News 2012

The 2012 World Fringe Congress had over 50 so-called “Fringe” Festivals in attendance, including some with heavy corporate ties. The infringement provided a critical look at how cultural history is repeating itself. As the original Fringe gets co-opted and loses its edge, artists are fuming that their theatrical playground has been compromised and is no longer affordable or inclusive.

Even more worrisome are rumours that Edinburgh Fringe could soon be renamed the “Pepsi Fringe”, following the lead of festivals such as PotashCorp Fringe (originally the Saskatoon Fringe).

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Come to the show and learn about the controversial history of the Fringe and infringement festivals and pressing cultural issues in this critical and theatrical report! Observe that King is legally unable to do this performance at Fringe Festivals in Canada due to corporate trademark issues. Discover ways how to safeguard your Fringe Festival from corporate manipulation!

There are currently 3 performance blocks scheduled:

Harlequin Fayre, Norwich, England, August 8 – 9 (details TBA)

Edinburgh Fringe (PBH Free Fringe), August 18 & 19, 3:30 pm, Venue 24, Pivo, 2-6 Calton Rd, Edinburgh. * Donations accepted

Ballinamore Free Fringe, Ireland, Friday, August 22, 7 pm (venue TBA)

You also can read the written report and send your concerns with King to the 2nd World Fringe Congress, running August 15 – 17, to which he has been invited in August, 2014!

Read the original report here: https://optative.net/blog/world-fringe-congress-to-welcome-infringement-festival/

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Lastly, this performance has been adapted as a POP-UP-SHOW, meaning it can be performed anywhere at any time for any number of people. The tech requirement includes only a powerpoint presentation, and that can be done off a laptop if there is no projector and screen available. To book the show, simply ask Donovan King in person or email him at optatif@gmail.com to make arrangements. The show is 45 minutes and Mr. King graciously accepts any donations to help fund the Montreal infringement Festival.


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