Art & Culture
Prague Fringe Festival takes to the online stage
This Friday should have been the launch of the 19th Prague Fringe Festival. Instead, the Czech Republic’s largest English speaking theatre festival is breaking new ground with the first-ever online Prague Fringe.
Due to coronavirus, the festival was forced, just days before launching ticket sales, to postpone its live events to new dates at the end of October. In the meantime, to make the most of the original festival dates and to provide audiences with some much-needed Fringe joy, the organizers have put together a special online festival featuring many artists from the October program as well as other friends and supporters.
Between 22nd – 30th May audiences are invited to attend a range of free online events, performances, interactive games, and more, hosted by many of the artists featured in the October program. All events will be streamed via the Fringe social media sites and on YouTube. Specific details for each performance will be released at www.fringe.cz from today.
All events will be free of charge to watch, and audiences will be offered the chance to support the festival via an online donation to the Prague Fringe Survival Fund which is raising money to secure the future of the festival through the challenges caused by the global pandemic, and to support visiting artists should the October rescheduled event take place.
Festival Founder and Director Steve Gove said “We can’t wait to celebrate our wonderful Fringe even if it’s in a more virtual way. Our summer just won’t be the same this year, not to mention the economic effect on the event but, along with the performers originally scheduled to join us this week, we agree the show must go on, albeit in a socially distant, online way. We’re delighted to have fringe favorites such as The Men With Coconuts and the London Gay Men’s Chorus take part in our online program as well as many other artists from all over the world. And for those who’re disappointed that they are not in this wonderful city as planned, I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour, a personal guided Fringe city walkabout”.