Theater Festivals: An Overview
Even though the theater is considered a dying art form, it continues to be an essential part of the culture. The theater is a way to experience different perspectives and encourages empathy in people who consume or take part in it. Theater encourages introspection in viewers and helps in better understanding and reading people from every walk of life. If you are an artist, attending one of these Theater Festivals will provide you with a deep sense of kinship. Here are some of the best theater festivals in the World that should be on your bucket list.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, also commonly known as The Fringe or Edinburgh Fringe, is an annual event held in Edinburgh, Scotland. With ticket sales grossing just behind the Olympics and the World Cup, it is unarguably the largest arts festival in the World, usually conducted in the month of August. This three-week festival experience comprises free, ticketed, and street performances spreading across the city. The Fringe 2022, the 75th edition of the festival since its conception, is all set to take place from 5th August to 29th August 2022. The already registered shows can be browsed on the official Fringe website. The shows can continuously register even during the Fringe, so it is good to keep browsing, so you can get into the newly added shows. As the streets get quite crowded during the Fringe, it is easier to reach the shows by walking, biking, or using public transport rather than using a car. Fringe shows are family-friendly and incorporate elements of comedy, theater, magic, and music. In addition to the shows, you will also find portrait artists, caricaturists, and face painters in every nook and cranny of the busy streets. The Fringe is an open arts festival, and anybody can participate in it.
Dublin Theater Festival
Dublin Theater Festival is the oldest festival of its kind in Europe and usually begins in September and lasts till October. The Arts Council of Dublin predominantly funds Dublin Theater Festival. Its mission is to present a program of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors that make up Dublin. The newest edition of the Dublin Theater Festival will be conducted from 29th September to 16th October 2022. Tickets to the Dublin Theater Festival are available for pre-order online. Attractive concessions on ticket prices can be availed by students, senior citizens, and group booking of ten or more people. There is also the availability of audio-described shows for the visually impaired, sign language interpreted shows for the hearing impaired, and relaxed performances for autistic audiences. Dublin Theater Festival also offers special assistance to wheelchair-using audiences.
Adelaide Festival of Arts, commonly known as the Adelaide Festival, is one of the largest arts festivals in the World and is and is conducted annually in the month of March in Adelaide, Australia. Constantly quoted by the media as the ‘most liveable city in the world’ and with its proximity to popular vineyards and scenic beaches, Adelaide is the perfect place for tourists to experience the artistic expression of Australia. The next edition of the Adelaide Festival will be held from 3rd March to 19th March 2023. Tickets can be availed through the official site of the Adelaide Festival. Ticket concessions apply to full-time students, pensioners, and unemployed people. Groups of six or above are also eligible for discounted tickets. In addition to audio description and assistive listening for audiences with hearing and vision losses, the festival also provides free accessible parking for up to two hours.