Each festival hosts Free Fringe activities around town called Random Acts of Fringe. From Butoh Parades to impromptu mobile installations to dance performances in Pritchard Park… you never know what to expect.
Our 2017 Random Acts of Fringe included:
The Fringe Festival Kick Off Madness, January 22nd 5-8pm
Sky Lanes Bowling Alley
Asheville’s Creative Collective of Improvisational Dancers Exploring Noise, Time, Audience, Levels and Space (otherwise known as “The Accidentals”) will be surprising you and your balls at this awesome Kick-Off event at Sky Lanes. Come at 5 to sign up to bowl! Artists and audiences are encouraged to bowl and have fun, as The Accidentals invade. Expect the unexpected as Fringe Festival artists may pop-up and do short performances in the bowling alley, as well.
The Butoh Parade Returns , but moves to Wall St. Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. Starting at Realta Salon, 12 1/2 Wall St., the Butoh parade will begin by getting themselves pretty. Then they will head out and up and down Wall Street to show off their loveliness. Join them inside, first at Realta Salon!
A Disorienting Divertissement by Lynn Nesseth and Grayson Morris
From the folks who brought you emersion, Asheville’s immersive walk-through performance art installation house, A Disorienting Divertissement is an intriguing pedestrian experience which will lead you though a series locations and experiences in downtown Asheville. While admission is free, reservations are required in advance and limited spots are available. Click here to register. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes. The journeys begin at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 at Rock Doll Vintage.
Join the Literary Circus on Saturday, January 28 at 5pm at Downtown Books & News. Literary Circus is an open mic session to encourage the literary spectacle of performing the written word. Performances/readings of prose, poetry, and original literary works will be facilitated by local artist Randi Janelle, writer/teacher Nina Hart, and novelists Alli Marshall and Jennifer Fulford.
I Freak Faster by Constance Humphries.
This amazingly weird video by Constance will be showing through the festival at various festival locations. Exact locations and times are tbd. Come to Fringe Central during Festival week for a final schedule of times & locations. See if you can spot the Freak!
Jank Tank by Mystery Meat.
Jank Tank 01 is a womb-like, sound insulated diorama which provides an immersive and personal listening experience for your head, distinct from the environment where it is installed. Come visit and stick your head in our box. It will be installed at ToyBoat Community Art Space and the Mothlight during the festival.