The Akko International Fringe Theater Festival, which is an important event in the Israeli theater scene, will be held for the 42nd year as it was held every year, in Old Akko during Chol HaMoed Sukkot, between September 21 and 24, and is prepared to host hundreds of people coming from all over the country. The artistic program will include hundreds of actors and performers, who will take part in dozens of theater shows, street shows, new shows and activities for the entire family.
The purpose of the festival is to provide young and alternative artists, who are not part of the theater establishment in Israel, with an opportunity to present other and different works. The term “fringe theater” encompasses approaches to theater which are not part of the mainstream, such as fringe theater, experimental theater, alternative theater, avant-garde and more.
The festival shows are held in the halls of the crusader knights at the heart of Old Akko, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2002. These halls provide a unique atmosphere for the alternative shows. The festival includes three main frameworks: the prestigious competitions which includes “fringe theater” shows, a guest show and street theater shows.
The artistic director, Shmuel Shmuelov, and the members of artistic committee working with him, have selected eight shows to participate in the competition out of the hundreds of shows submitted by young and alternative artists. Some of those who were not selected, were given the opportunity to present their work in other frameworks, with a smaller budget. Lizo Ohayun in the director and executive producer of the festival.
The festival is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Mifal HaPayis and the Ministry for the Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee.