Performances on the fringe coming in October

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

An array of venues will play host to the first Fringe Festival in San Miguel, to be held October 11 through 19.

In 2012, the first Encuentro de Teatro was held at El Sindicato, produced by John Morrow. Its success motivated him and his partner to bring something better and bigger to San Miguel: a “Fringe Festival,” which is billed as bold, original, provocative and imaginative. The festival will feature theater, dance, puppetry and other attractions. The first Fringe Festival emerged in Edinburgh, Scotland and has become the largest artistic festival in the world, presenting the untraditional, experimental and unexpected.

On May 9 plans for the first Fringe Festival in San Miguel were presented. According to the organizers, the Fringe San Miguel is a curated festival, which means that some of the performers will be invited to participate by the producers and others must apply for review by the producers and the advisory board, who will select the shows that best embody the spirit of Fringe.

The productions must have minimal technical requirements and cannot exceed 60 minutes in length so they can be adapted to unusual venues, which according to Morrow can be streets, car washes after closing hours, bars, restaurants or cafes. He said that the festival will host from 20 to 30 theater groups, among them Iluminaciones Siete, Ricardo III, Susurrus from Glasgow, and Mamá Papá Mi Novia from Buenos Aires. It was also announced that Jay Arias, an iconic figure and a legend in New York, will participate in the festival. He is a cabaret singer and drag artist and is best known for his show Arias with a Twist.

Organizers decided to hold the festival in October because that is when the International Cervantino Festival takes place in Guanajuato, and it attracted more than 500,000 attendees last year. They hope to attract tourists from the Cervantino to San Miguel de Allende with reasonable prices. During that period there are not a lot of other events going on in the city. For more information or to support the Fringe Festival send an email to


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