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More than 500 eclectic performances and displays planned Sept. 12–22 in Rochester
Sept. 12, 2018 by Greg Livadas Follow Greg Livadas on TwitterFollow RITNEWS on TwitterA. Sue Weisler
Members of the a cappella group Eight Beat Measure performing at last year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.
The 11-day KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival begins today in downtown Rochester with a lineup of more than 500 eclectic performances, including several from Rochester Institute of Technology students, faculty, staff, alumni and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members.
RIT also is a major educational sponsor of the community collaborative event, now in its seventh year. The festival is a celebration of the performing and visual arts in more than 30 venues in downtown Rochester, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers. More than 78,000 people attended last year’s festival.
More than 150 of the festival events are free, including all of the 38 RIT performances and exhibits, most which will be held at the Little Theatre No. 5 and café, 240 East Ave.
RIT will provide free shuttle bus service to and from campus during the festival weekends.
Some of the RIT performances and exhibits include a showcase of locally-made video games, belly dancing, an exhibition of handmade masks, karaoke with puppets, and a one-man show describing what it means to be a black, deaf man.
Thomas Warfield, director of dance at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, will show and discuss On the Way to Oz, his documentary film about diversity in the arts.
There will also be favorites from past years, including a cappella groups, poetry performed in American Sign Language, folk music performed by retired RIT President Bill Destler and his spouse, Rebecca Johnson, and highlights from RIT’s School of Film and Animation Honors Show.
“Creativity is in RIT’s DNA, and our participation in the Fringe Festival provides us with a great opportunity to showcase the many talented …