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WDKX.com » Blog » Fringe Festival Underway
Sep 20th 2013 6:28 am
Fringe Festival Underway
by News

If you see something interesting downtown this week, you may want to poke your head in.

"Over the past four years, I've pretty much been obsessed with this," said Katie Jo Suddaby, artist.

This type of art practiced by Tibetan monks is rarely seen in Western cultures, but you'll find it at this year's Fringe Fest.

"Venues really put their own stamp on things, no one's too fussy about censorship, we have very, very few rules, and yes we are totally cross-genre," said festival producer Erica Fee.

Fee says there has been a big boost in ticket sales from last year.

The festival offers short yet unique shows including theatre, dance, comedy and of course,
crowd favorite Bandaloop acrobats. Their vertical dance performance have turned the biggest buildings around the country into their dance floor. For the Fringe Festival, the HSBC building downtown is their stage.

"You're allowed to sample really new forms of art, what's cutting edge," said Fee.

The festival runs through Sept. 28 and aims to change your outlook on what art is.

:I really felt like I needed to enjoy the moment and not hold on to things," said Suddaby.

If you want a glimpse of the Tibetan sand art, your only chance will be at the Geva Theatre over the next ten days.

"You can't sell it, you can't keep it, just like everything else in life, it's there, it's beautiful, then it goes away."

The finished product will be scattered over the Genesee River when the festival ends.

"And that's my favorite part."