The first fringe theatre festival in the Middle East is taking place in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and closes on 1st February 2020
Online PR News – 30-January-2020 – Sharjah, UAE 30 January 2020 – SHARJAH HOSTS FIRST MIDDLE EASTERN FRINGE FESTIVAL “Sharjah Fringe Festival”
• Artists and performers from across the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East, staged performances in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
• Sharjah Fringe programme has family focus.
• Venues include premiere cultural, family and leisure destinations “Al Majaz waterfront, Al Qasba, Al Noor Island and The Flag Island”.
Sharjah’s position as the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates has received a boost as it hosts the first Sharjah Fringe Festival – joining a long list of international fringe festivals that include Edinburgh, Brighton, Adelaide and the New York Fringe.
The seventeen day (it started on 16 January 2020) gathering of street performers, theatre, dance, illusion and more has a family focus in Sharjah has seen 1100 hours of creative inspiration for residents and visitors to the emirate.
Sharjah has long been known as the cultural capital of the UAE, a reputation that has grown through recent events like the Sharjah Book Fair and the Sharjah Art Biennale, produced by the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), explains, “Through Fringe, we wanted the 200-plus nationalities residing in the UAE to connect with the global language of the arts and build bridges across cultures in a variety of entertaining journeys with artists at our top public destinations.”
Performances have included bubbleologists in The Amazing Bubble Show and The Fantabulous Bubble Show, Australian beat-boxing duo Tom Thum and Jamie MacDowell, mentalist Brendon Peel in Mind Games, Fidget Feet’s aerial dance performances Hatch and Strange Feathers, Bulgarian dance and multimedia performance Silent Legends, shadow puppet piece Sticks, Stone and Broken Bones as well as revue shows and comedy from many UAE performers and comedians – and more.
Sharjah Fringe Festival is being produced by South Africa’s National Arts Festival, the largest and most diverse arts festival in Africa, and international festival consultancy Dolphin Creative. Spokesperson for the National Arts Festival, Tony Lankester said, “Sharjah Fringe Festival is a truly global effort, our technical and production team has come from South Africa, artists come from all over the world and so do the audiences. Sharjah is a beautiful city with wonderful locations and public spaces so it is really the ideal place for an interactive festival like this.”
About Sharjah Fringe Festival
Sharjah Fringe Festival is the first-ever Fringe festival in the UAE and the Middle East, joining a global list of Fringes that are considered among the largest arts and entertainment events globally. Sharjah Fringe Festival is a platform that brings the best of family and children's theatre and entertainment - which includes dance, music, mime, magic, puppetry, circus acts and other forms of interactive entertainment - from around the world to the emirate.
Sharjah Fringe takes place from January 16 – February 1, 2020, with more than 600 shows staged by over 50 artists across 4 destinations: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, Al Noor Island and The Flag Island, alongside roaming street performances.
Sharjah Fringe is presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, and produced by the National Arts Festival, South Africa, and UAE-based Dolphin Creative.
For more information: www.sharjahfringe.com