Prague Fringe is a multiple-genre festival happening in Prague every beginning of summer. It gave us a reason to leave our Bohemia Apartments office in the evening and move to the beautiful quarter of Malá Strana, probably the most poetic quarter in Prague. We have visited two shows so we can give you a sneak peek of what you can expect. Hopefully it will inspire you to visit a show or two during next days, or come back to our beautiful capital next summer!
Fringe festival has its origins in Edinburg and Brighton, where it was formed in 1940s as an independent branch of the international festival celebrating the cultural life in Europe in the wake of the Second World War. Since then, Fringe movement grew into the Fringe Festival we know today. It is happening all over the world in approximately 200 cities, including Prague.
Intimate, social and friendly atmosphere are said to be common attributes of all Fringes. Multiple shows and genres thorough the day, family friendly events, or after-parties continuing to early morning hours; all of that creates a cozy platform for visitors, tourists and expats. Those who already know the Fringe brand, have a cultural place and community to come back to while traveling.
The 16th Prague Fringe Festival presents about 50 productions from all over the world and covers genres from theatre, music, comedy and cabaret to spoken word. It tackles wide range of audiences; from families with kids, to those who are hungry of thought provoking adult topics.
BE MORE, DO BETTER BUT DON’T CHANGE
How is it to deal with pressure to perform at your best as a teenage girl? In what ways can be the sadness physical? Is „falling in love“ even worth it? How to deal with the pressure to find the perfect partner? Is it okay to be single? When the need of self-improvement becomes toxic?
Taken into a tiny cellar with nearly thirty chairs and a small stage in Golden Key hotel, we didn’t quite know what to expect from comedian Roisin Linton, who was holding the mic. During the next 45 minutes, she opened her diary to us and spoke about what it is like to be an adolescent in 21st century. After the show, she was open for a chat and she even let us take her photo. It definitely shows the vibe of our encounter!
IN THE CLOSET
We couldn’t help it but try what else Prague Fringe can offer us, so we waited for the sunset and came back to Malá Strana, this time enjoying the magical night atmosphere of the city centre. In Malostranská Beseda venue we entered the concert of Johnny Darlin, a young artist from Brooklyn, to hear his confessions about how it was to grow up as a queer person, and what it is like to come out of the closet. His show, a mix of live and recorded music, singing and visuals touched topics of one’s childhood memories, self-worth, acceptance, relationships and love.
We were pleasantly surprised about the intimacy and urge, but, at the same time, entertaining and humorous approach of those both Fringe performers!
How to attend Prague Fringe?
As we do not have children, we did not attend any kid friendly events. But you easily can, because the organizers made their best to make sure it was easy to distinguish between shows suitable for children, shows appropriate for 14+, and those with adult topics for audience 18+.
In 2017 edition, tckets for children under 3yo sitting on lap are free of charge, and tickets for other kids are just CZK 100. Adult tickets are CZK 150 when booked online in advance.
If you are still in Prague until 3rd June, and your schedule is not full yet, we recommend you to check Fringe programme and eventually end up seeing one or two shows!
And if not, in Bohemia Apartments we will be pleased to welcome you in Prague next summer, for the 17th edition of Prague Fringe festival!
Are you hungry for more festivals and culture in Prague? See our previous articles Four Spring Open-air Festivals That will Enrich Your Stay In Prague or 7 Czech Summer Music Festival You Can’t Miss.