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The New Orleans Fringe welcomes new festivals...

...Please just pick a different name.

The New Orleans Fringe celebrates and thanks the organizers, artists, community members and audience who have made the seven years of the New Orleans Fringe a unique time for fearless audience and fearless performers.

After consulting our board, key Fringe coordinators and members of the community, we passed the torch to Faux/Real because we recognized that the theater environment had changed, and it was time for a new festival...and a new festival needed a new name.

Recently, a different group has announced that it is "relaunching Fringe" as a spring festival and is misrepresenting themselves as the New Orleans Fringe. That group has no connection with us, nor does it have authorization to use our Louisiana trademark "Fringe" to promote a theater festival.

We welcome another theater festival in New Orleans. It's a great idea. However, that group cannot use New Orleans Fringe, Nola Fringe, Fringe, etc.

There are several good reasons. First they will cause confusion with audience and performers. In fact, we have already heard from a number of artists and community members who are confused and they think we are relaunching Fringe. 

Misrepresenting themselves by using our trademark also means that they are saddling their new effort with the expectations that it will be just like the New Orleans Fringe. That is a recipe for failure.

But most importantly, a creative city deserves creativity. We suggest that they get creative and pick a new name that will energize their effort and make it their own.

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Fringe is supported by a SEED grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.  This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.


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