The Virginia Arts Festival is ready with five days of events and performances in venues throughout Norfolk’s NEON District for the VAF Fringe Festival from May 15 – 19.
The first Fringe Festival was “on the fringe” of the famous Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. The Edinburgh International Festival was all classical, all the time. There were a number of performers who wanted to show what they could do, something different, something contemporary, something the opposite of classical. The Edinburgh Fringe was born. Those first performers used smaller, more intimate venues. They didn’t have the technical requirements of a big venue. They would often interact with the audiences.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival continues, seventy plus years later. It is the largest Fringe Festival in the world. The VAF scouts the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals around the world to bring the quirky, the avant-garde and the creative to the NEON Arts District.
Leone’s Restaurant on Granby is hosting the first event of the VAF Fringe, which is already sold out. Only 18 diners are allowed at each performance of illusionist Scott Silven. Scott earned rave reviews at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Leone’s is pairing Scotch and magic, with some delicious food on the side. Silven will be providing the magic by candlelight.
The PUSH Comedy Theater is the venue for Found Footage Festival presents “Cherished Gems”. Your host will be Joe Pickett from The Onion. Joe digs through thrift shops and garage sales to find old video footage you can’t find on YouTube. He gives “where-are-they-now” updates and cracks wise. There will be two shows on Friday, May 18.
The Hot Sardines will be performing at Commune on Granby Street on Friday, May 18.
Their “hot jazz” sound has been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. “The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again.”
Based in Baltimore, they entertain at festivals and major stages around the world.
On Saturday, May 19, comedian Katie Goodman will be at PUSH Comedy Theater for two shows. Goodman received a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick for Best Cabaret for her off-Broadway one-woman show, I Didn’t F*ck It Up. She combines social activism with comedy and works to keep the world unf*cked up.
Banda Magda will perform on Saturday, May 19 at Commune on Granby Street. This show could not be more international. The performers are from Greece, Argentina, Japan, Columbia and the USA. Started by singer, composer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, the group “moves from Samba to French Chason, from Greek Folk tunes to Columbian Cumbia and Afro-Peruvian Lando.”
Priscilla Renea will be at the Glass Wheel Studio on Saturday, May 19. Priscilla is a singer-songwriter who has composed huge hits like Kelly Clarkson’s 2018 Grammy-nominated single “Love So Soft,” Rihanna’s “California King Bed,” Kesha’s “Timber,” and Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Something’ Bad.” Renea has recently released her debut album, Colored.
For more information about the VAF Fringe Festival and to purchase tickets, go to http://secure.vafest.org/single/EventListing.aspx?k=16