First-ever Fringe Fest hits Oxford
By Chris Caldwell, Oxford Citizen
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council will host the first annual Art-er Limits Fringe Festival on Friday and Saturday.
Art-er Limits includes over 80 events in a two-day period, with most being free to the public. Some events do require a $5 admission ticket.
“This festival will be like nothing North Mississippi has seen,” said Yoknapatawpha Arts Council director Wayne Andrews. “We are looking for local and regional artists who would like to be involved and share their crafts in non-traditional spaces.”
Stacey Sanford, education and outreach director for YAC sees the festival becoming an annual event. “We have been overwhelmed with positive responses already, so we are definitely planning to make this an annual event.”
The Fringe Festival got its beginning over a year ago, but had to be put on hold. In April the council brought the idea back and began asking artists and local venues in Oxford if they would be interested in making the festival a viable event.
“When we lost our two August festivals (the Shakespeare festival and Endurance Weekend), the YAC wanted to step in and fill the gap,” Sanford said. “The Art-er Limits encourages attendees to not only visit the 18 different venues who are participating, but also taste, hear, see and experience more than 80 different artists.”
One rising artist appearing at the festival is Lacey Roop, a slam poet originally from Tupelo that now calls Austin, Texas, home. She will perform her critically acclaimed act on Friday night at Southside Gallery at 7:30 p.m.
Another event, the second annual yART sale, will be held on Saturday. Artists and crafters can buy, barter and trade items — and all proceeds will go to benefit 9 Lives Cat Rescue.
Liar’s Club will also be a part of the Oxford festival, hosted by Gaining Ground Hill Country Chapter. This is a storytelling contest where people prepare their wildest tales in hopes of winning prizes. There is a $5 liar’s fee to tell a story, but the event is free to attend. The audience helps their favorite liar win by voting. All proceeds go to benefit Gaining Ground.
“With the help of Oxford and Lafayette County, the YAC is proud to be a ‘mothership’ of the Art-er Limits. This event is to help promote artists from or with special connections to our region,” Sanford said. “Funding from tickets sales go directly back to artists performing or to the venues for hosting tastings.”
The Powerhouse, located at 413 S. 14th Street, will host the bulk of The Art-er Limits Fringe Festival’s events, beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday and ending Saturday at 5 p.m.
For tickets or for more information, including a list of events and performances, visit OxfordFringeFest.com.