Baltimore’s Charm City Fringe Festival will move to the Bromo Arts District this year after five years at various other sites around the city.
The sixth annual festival, set for Nov. 2-12, will include theater performances at various venues. The new location will allow participants to walk to all venues for the first time in the festival’s history, organizers said.
Charm City Fringe will also be partnering with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Bromo Arts District. The Bromo Arts District works with artists to establish a vibrant artistic community in the area — along Howard and Eutaw Streets and Park Avenue.
“The Fringe Festival and Bromo Arts District are perfectly matched. Both are about intellectual, artistic, cultural and architectural experiences that are fully at home in a walkable, urban neighborhood,” said Kirby Fowler, president of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
The Downtown Partnership, which helped create and fund the Bromo Arts District, will support the festival with a $10,000 grant as well as provide programming support, Fowler said.
“We’re grateful to have these groups supporting the festival so the Charm City Fringe Festival can become a truly ‘Baltimore’ event that showcases the downtown area and the vibrant, weird and wonderful arts scene we have here,” said Zachary Michel, a co-founder of Charm City Fringe.
Michel and festival co-founder Michael Brush created the event in 2012 to showcase new and innovative theater performances in Baltimore. It began in Charles Village and then expanded and moved to other locations in Station North and Hampden.
“We’re pulling out all the stops to welcome Charm City Fringe to The Bromo Arts District,” said Stephen Yasko, executive director of the Bromo Arts District. “The Bromo is undergoing a significant transformation, and we’re here to support the festival and ensure its long-term sustainability. We want to be a home where arts organizations can thrive.”