In times of uncertainty and fear, the world needs art to raise tired spirits.
On Wednesday, we sent a message regarding our planning around the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it will have on Fringe. To allow time to methodically digest the challenges that now face us and to implement changes to keep us all healthy, we are updating our Fringe format in the following ways.
The REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to May 1st, 2020. Hollywood Fringe Registration refunds will be honored until this date. For those who need more time to decide if participation is right for them this year, we are moving back our registration deadline one month. We know these decisions are not made lightly. Please use this time to learn how this pandemic will impact your family, friends and health.
Out of due caution and the need to create equal opportunities for all participants, we are canceling our in-person events in March and replacing them with Virtual Fringe experiences.
Hiking About Fringe scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been cancelled, April & May hiking events are currently still on the schedule.
Fringe Speed Dating will be revamped into an online chat led by Fringe veterans via Twitter. This will function similar to our Twitter chats, which will remain unchanged.
Workshop 3: Marketing & Publicity will be moved to a live-streamed, online event. More details to come.
- Our first Office Hours scheduled for March 25 will also be revamped into an online event. In-person Office Hours is planned to resume on April 1.
By moving these events to online platforms, our intent is to foster our community in safer spaces while this public health event impacts our lives. As we all spend a little more time at home let’s continue to be present and consider:
- What can we do to ease the anxiety sweeping our community?
- What art can we safely put out into the world to lift the human spirit?
- What words can we put on paper to bring empathy or laughter to those who need it?
As we take this small break from human contact, we hope to use these guiding questions to support each other and keep the Fringe community thriving.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and follow the advice of state and local officials, but hope to resume public events with our first official Office Hours of the season on April 1st at BLACK, Hollywood.
We look forward to an amazing 2020 festival and will continue to make changes needed to keep our community safe so that the show can go on!