Fringe Festival Praha 2011

Programs are now available!

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 05.05.2011 16:43:39 (updated on 05.05.2011) Reading time: 3 minutes

Update: Printed Fringe programs are now available! Pick up your copy at the following places:

Malá Strana
all fringe venues (details at www.fringe.cz)

New Town
Belushi’s Bar (ask at reception)
The Globe

Vinohrady

Saints Bar
Valentino’s
Friends of Scotland Shop (Korunní 24)

Karlin
Expats.cz Office (Křižíkova 44)

Various
City Centre Ticketstream Offices (from Wednesday 18th May)

Fringe Fest program is also online – check it out at www.praguefringe.com

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27.05.11 – 4.06.11

Prague Fringe Festival promises an event to remember as it gears up for 10th year

9 Days, 39 productions, 15 countries, 246 performances, 7 venues

Central Europe´s original and best Fringe Festival celebrates its 10th birthday from 27th May – 4th June. 39 productions from 15 countries will take to the stage in what promises to be the best Prague Fringe so far.

Fringe is a unique mix of genres which including theatre, music, comedy, physical theatre, puppetry, cabaret, mime and spoken word that has captured the imagination of a Czech and international audience which has grown steadily year on year.

The seeds of Prague´s Fringe were sown in Scotland in the year 2000 by Directors Steve Gove and Carole Wears, who were both attending the world famous Edinburgh event at the time 10 years down the line event has blossomed in to one of the highlights of the cultural calendar.

Quotes from the Directors:

Festival Director, Steve Gove says: One of the strengths of the Prague Fringe is its intimacy; bringing audience members right up close to the performances in the character filled Malá Strana venues such as one of the original Fringe spaces, A Studio Rubín.

Associate Director, Carole Wears, “The beauty of the Festival is its eclectic mix of productions and its wide audience appeal. Over the past 10 years we´ve seen some terrific shows, some raw and fresh, some award winning productions from abroad and some great home grown works and this year is no exception. For those with an appetite for food as well as theatre a highlight will be ‘Cooking for Love´ from Amsterdam, this tale is told in our cabaret venue with live chopping and cooking as the audience dine on the finished product”. Another highlight says Carole is also from Holland and the winner of the ‘Best Of Amsterdam Fringe 2010´ award, where the cast ask the audience to join them in a group therapy session in ‘Life is Too Good to be True´.

Some things to note at this year´s event:

Merry-May Gill, one of the first performers to be invited to take part in the first year of the event is returning to celebrate its 10th birthday all the way from Australian bush with a show created specially for the event, “She was here a the beginning…now she´s back with a mission”

Two new elements have been introduced to this year´s Fringe:

Fringe Sunday (Free event)
Malostranská Beseda
May 29th 1400 – 1530
A selection of bite size theatre at Malostranská Beseda – all of the festival performers will be gathered to showcase their work, offering you the chance to view tantalising snippets of their shows to tempt you along to see the whole performance

Pop-up Fringe at Belushi´s Bar (Free event)
Daily throughout the festival 1200 – 1400
Lunch-time diners can take in a sneak preview with live snippets from some of the shows, and just mention the Fringe and get 25% off your bill

Other firsts for this year´s Fringe

Shylock, a site specific work made for Divadlo Na Prádle‘s Kavárna by the students of England´s Middlesborough College

Each year a new country is represented at the festival – this year the first ever show from Italy, Teatro dei Borgia with Diary of a Sentimental Killer

Awards – In the past two years the Prague Fringe has introduced a series of awards for performers in Inspiration and Creativity. This year a third award will be added – The Outstanding Performance Award. The winners of these awards carry the name of Prague Fringe with them on their international travels round other festivals – a great promotion for the fringe and the city of Prague.

The Prague Fringe attracts bookers and promoters from other international arts events resulting in a number of productions being booked to appear at other festivals across the globe from Amsterdam to Dubai, Adelaide to Brighton.

For further information visit: www.fringe.cz

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