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Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Oahu Fringe Festival

The third annual alternative performing arts festival returns to Chinatown this weekend. What’s it all about?

Posted November 5, 2013 by Melissa Chang

SONY DSCThe third annual Oahu Fringe Festival starts this Thursday, November 7, with several performances at five Chinatown locations throughout the weekend. What is the Fringe Festival, anyway?

Well, if you are into performing arts, this edgy series is for you. The original Fringe Festival started in 1947 in Scotland, where a group of performers performed around the “fringe” of the Edinburgh International Festival. The term for such alternative theatre performances took off, and has been adopted around the world since then. One of the main distinctions between fringe festivals and conventional arts festivals is the method used to choose participants: Conventional festivals usually use a jury selection process, whereas fringe festivals allow any applicant to perform. As long as you have a method of expression and the venue approves the content, you’re free to perform.

According to the national Fringe website, Fringes are generally: Focused on the performing arts, such as theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word and sometimes film and visual arts elements. Fringes don’t have a focus on a single discipline or genre, but are a performing-arts smörgåsbord, featuring a huge array of original material.

We talked to the Oahu Fringe director (Mr.) Misa Tupou about this year’s Fringe Festival, what it’s all about, and what we can expect this weekend:

After this interview, we went over to the Samadhi Hawaii studio in Kakaako to see what they have planned for the Fringe in aerial performances and — get this — aerial burlesque. Visit to hear more! To get the most updated information, follow @OahuFringe on Twitter and their Facebook.


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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