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The Minnesota Fringe Festival has grown from featuring 52 shows in 1994 to showcasing 720 performances of over 40 shows in 2019. Amidst many changes over the past quarter century, Minnesota Fringe remains steadfastly committed to it's core principles: producing opportunities for artists of a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and experience levels; creating novel ways of engaging with the performing arts; and a continuing commitment to accessibility for artists and audiences.
In the interest of fairness, Fringe Festival artists are selected by random luck of the draw through an un-juried and un-curated lottery process. Anyone can apply to be a festival artist and, if the application is chosen in the lottery, they have a guaranteed slot that year. If their lottery number isn't chosen, artists are placed on a waiting list for openings in case other selected performers need to drop out.
Fringe Festival shows are 60 minutes or less with a half hour break between each performance. Attendees can purchase a ticket to shows online in advance or at the venue, 5- and 10-show passes to see multiple shows at a discount or become a Fringe with Benefits member to obtain a VIP pass for unfettered access to the entire festival. Festival venues are chosen in clusters to make traveling to multiple shows simple by walking, biking, personal and public transportation options.
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