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The 2020 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is a digital fact. Producer Erica Price verified Friday that the ninth once-a-year event, scheduled for September fifteen by way of September 26, will largely be held on the internet, instead than reside in venues in and close to Rochester.

“It is a product that quite a few fringe festivals throughout the world have switched to,” Price claimed.

The determination is not only a make a difference of the coronavirus pandemic and the probable of large crowds contributing to the unfold of the COVID-19 virus. A lot of functions that would commonly be a part of the festival have canceled their summer time tours.

But Price is self-confident that there are more than enough theatrical performances, idle musicians, puppeteers, and drag queens available to fill the twelve times of the festival.

“We never feel that it is going to be complicated mainly because, what we’ve realized from other fringe festivals, is that switching to this digital plan really opens up the realm of possibilities of displays,” she claimed. “So quite a few fringe festivals by way of the United States have been reporting to us that they’ve been pleasantly shocked by the depth and breadth of displays that have been applying, that the festivals have really been in a position to come to be international, and that by obtaining a platform that was on the internet, they’ve been in a position to attract audiences now from close to the earth.

“So we do feel that this is really going to make some enjoyable new artwork for not just for Rochesterians, but for other people who can look at it from everywhere in the earth.”

Some events will nevertheless be prepared for outdoors, close to proposed social-distancing tips. And some events will be presented as drive-in events, with the audience properly tucked away in their cars and trucks.

“6 feet is not a magical number” Price claims, “and we’re not willing to set any individual at risk.”

The Rochester Fringe Festival will take programs from performers from June eighteen by way of July 31 at Demonstrates that have formerly used for the 2020 in-man or woman festival and are intrigued in digital participation can log into their present-day programs and remedy added questions.

The digital lineup will be announced in August. Tickets for each individual event will be designed available on the internet.

Final year’s highlighted extra than 650 performances and events and drew a document one hundred,000 people.

Jeff Spevak is WXXI’s arts & daily life editor and reporter. He can be achieved at [email protected].