To some, "fringe" might mean an ornamental border of threads hanging off clothing. To those in England, it is another word for bangs. For artists in the Fort Wayne area, the word boils up excitement when they think about the upcoming Fort Wayne Fringe Festival.

"Fringe is a casual, fun, and experimental environment," said Fringe Coordinator, Madison Miller.

Fringe Festivals are held all over the world, but this is the third year such an event has been held in Fort Wayne. These festivals seek to give cutting-edge artists a venue in which to perform. It gives them the opportunity to perform in front of large crowds, and most importantly, it encourages artists to take risks. After all, when using "fringe" as an adjective, the word means, "not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme."

Expect to see talent from all over the Midwest at Fringe Festival. Last year more than 800 people came out for the event, and organizers are hopeful for an even bigger audience this year for the week-long festival, which goes from August 2-9. It will include 17 acts with a total of 27 performances.

"Half of the performers are local, offering audiences the opportunity to experience up-and-coming talent from right here in Fort Wayne," Miller said.

Tickets for performances are $5, with all ticket sales going directly to the artists.

Fort Wayne Fringe Festival will officially kick off with an All-IN Block Party on August 2. The festival received a grant from Indiana Humanities in order to host the party, which will include the second annual Fringe K, a short, fun run through the alleyways of the neighborhood surrounding Wunderkammer Company, the festival's official sponsor. The run includes costume categories such as Indiana Historical Figure, Bearded, Best Solo Costume, and Best Group Costume, with the winners for each category receiving a trophy.

Fringe Festival is truly about the arts and getting creative. Expect plays, musicals, dancing and more, and a wide range of talent from Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. Be sure and check the event Facebook page for the latest news about performances.

Fort Wayne Fringe Festival
August 2-9
Wunderkammer Company
3402 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46807