Last Monday was a thrilling day for theater and Arts in Philadelphia, as the Live Arts / Fringe Festival announced the groundbreaking of their new headquarters on the waterfront across from the Race Street Pier.
The new space will be housed in the former High Pressure Fire Service (HPFS) building, built in 1901, which served the city for 100 years by providing high-pressure to quickly fight fires. The 10,000 square foot structure and surrounding area will serve as the Festival’s HQ but will also consist of a 240-seat theater, bar/restaurant, studio and outdoor plaza. It is anticipated that all work will be completed in time for this year’s festival, running September 6-21.
But this was not the only news announced as the arts organization also revealed they have changed their name to the much more succinct FringeArts. This update seems fitting with the recent exciting changes to the fest: along with their new home, they have also recently started offering year round content to complement their main Fall programming.
The FringeArts festival is an integral part of the local artistic scene and with this new space will be sure to continue its’ groundbreaking work in the theater community.