What is with the anglophilia? The Edinburgh Festival is constantly mentioned and the media spots are done with a British accent. I didn't notice any groups from the UK in the Festival Guide and the festival seem to have no connection with Edinburgh. The festival is largely local groups which I would say will be a good thing especially if it starts people working in advance on shows for subsequent festivals.
Toronto has had a Fringe Festival for 25 years and they do have groups from the UK. Why not mention them? Local groups have appeared there. They have 140 acts at 25 venues and run 12 days. My recollection is that each show is presented seven times so there are 800 peformances. . Shows start at noon and run all day. http://fringetoronto.com/ . Closer to home Buffalo has an "infringement" festival which seems pretty democratic. http://infringebuffalo.org/missionstatement.php
Congratulations to the Rochester Fringe! A correction: Not all Fringe Festivals charge a performance fee. New Orleans Fringe does not charge a performance fee. Wish you all a great festival!
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