The Fringe Festival is coming to Sharjah in 2020
The cultural captial of the UAE, Sharjah, is about to get a lot more cultural as a new edition of the International Fringe festival – the world’s largest art and entertainment event born in Edinburgh – will come to the emirate in 2020.
The first Fringe Festival in the Middle East – Sharjah Fringe Festival - will run for 17 days from January 16 to February 1, 2020.
The streets and stages of Sharjah will be the backdrop for 600 shows featuring a host of performers, colours and creativity at key destinations in the emirate including the Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba and Al Noor Island.
These destinations will host over 50 artists from the UAE, the Middle East and from around the world, who will present street and circus acts, theatre, dance, music and other forms of interactive entertainment.
The festival will feature 35 productions, including top international Fringe favourites like The Amazing Bubble Man from the US, Stick Stones Broken Bones from South Africa, the Tom Thum beat box act from Australia and the I Hate Children’s Show, as well as 30 street productions happening outdoor.
The Edinburgh edition remains the largest, featuring an average 3,000 shows with over 3 million tickets sold for the 2019 edition.
Sharjah Fringe Festival 2020 is presented by Shurooq in partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). It will be organised by the National Arts Festival, South Africa, who also produce a South African Fringe.