8th annual Tucson Fringe Festival draws performing artists to the desert

25 shows, 60 performances

8th annual Tucson Fringe Festival draws performing artists to the desert
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If you are looking to see some original performances and helping aspiring artists get off the ground, the 8th annual Tucson Fringe Festival is the place to be this weekend.

The festival features performing arts, and 25 different performers at six venues across downtown Tucson will perform this weekend including the Screening Room and the Steinfeld Warehouse. Performing artists will be singing, acting, reciting monologues, and so much more.

"What we do is look for under-represented people in the community who don't often get to put on their kind of performance," says James Pack, Treasurer and board member for the Tucson Fringe Festival. "So we look for women, people of color, LGBT, refugees, and we give them the opportunity. We literally draw names out of hat (of submissions). We don't censor, we don't do any kind of curation for it."

The best part? All of the money made goes directly to the performers.

"There's a lot of painters, and artists of that type who get a lot of opportunities in Tucson," says Pack. "But not so much for performing arts, and that's what we're here for. We take care of the venues, insurance, things like that. All they need to do is come in, do their thing they love to do, that they cherish so much, that they are passionate about. Hopefully they walk away with more money than they started out."

Performances begin Friday evening. For more information on locations, times, and performances, click here.

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