Fringe Festival Comes to a Close
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The first ever First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival came to a close Sunday.
"Christian music just blaring out into the community, you never know who it might touch," says Joanne Campbell of Rochester.
The joyful sounds of gospel music drew crowds from all walks of life Sunday afternoon.
For some, the music had a clear message. For others it was a symbol of what they hope is to come.
"Unfortunately there's so much sad stuff happening with some of the young people. Things that have happened, something positive to get people out I think is great," says Campbell.
It's not surprising that the cap to a five day festival, which has been anything but ordinary, left the community united as it came to a close.
"All we can say is we exceeded our own internal expectations," says festival producer Erica Fee.
This years festival was modeled after the 200 Fringe Fests worldwide, which center around allowing the audience to sample different types of art while allowing venues to host their own performances.
The response was huge. Headliners like The Harlem Gospel Choir brought a packed crowd to Kodak Hall at Eastman and comedian Patton Oswalt made a memorable debut.
But it was the 100 smaller theatre, music, comedy, poetry, dance and street performances that defined Fringe Fest. The RAPA theatre says they had to turn away more than a hundred people from a Saturday night show due to the high turnout.
Some performances left audiences in awe, while others kept you thinking on your ride home and one in particular had you looking at the HSBC building in a new light, with a slight neck cramp, that was well worth it.
Festival-goers say they're hoping to see it return next year.