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The 15th Annual Rogue Performance Festival will be March 3-12, 2016 in Fresno.
Audiences can purchase tickets to shows online in advance or purchase at the door on arrival. The Rogue’s format is designed to give maximum choice to audiences and performers. All Rogue Festival box office sales go directly to the performers.
Rogue Festival performances are held in rapid rotation – no show is longer than 1 hour, intermissions between shows are only a half-hour, and most Rogue shows cost $10 or less. Shows also start exactly on-time. Always.
One of the biggest performing arts events held in the state of California, Rogue Festival is among several “Fringe Festivals” found all across the world, celebrating the independent artist rather than established arts institutions. Rogue audiences will see every kind of art and entertainment – theatre, music, dance, independent film, spoken word, performance art, puppetry, physical theatre, and magic acts. Many of the acts are originally written and developed by the artists performing them, which means audiences enjoy art of a kind they’ll never experience anywhere else.
The Rogue Festival is also a non-juried festival, meaning that organizers don’t decide in advance what is presented. Performance slots are assigned on a first-come-first served basis and there are no prizes given or judging of content. The audience decides for itself what it likes and doesn’t like, so the Rogue Festival encourages word-of-mouth and online reviews from attendees.
After 15 years of growth and acceptance, the Rogue Festival has become one of the largest Fringe-style festivals west of the Mississippi.
The Box Office goes to performers, not the festival: The festival pays 100% of the ticketed prices to participating artists. In 2014, Rogue Festival performer payouts totaled over $55,800.
The Muse Contest: Each year a work of art is selected by Rogue organizers to be the Muse, or the “face of the festival”. Calling on local artists to submit an image to represent the festival, the chosen work is used on Rogue Festival’s programs, posters, tee shirts, and web-presence, giving the artist increased exposure. The artist is also awarded an exhibit at the Rogue Gallery during the festival.
Venues: The venues at the Rogue Festival are a combination of local clubs and theatres, coffee shops, art galleries, and businesses with a patio that can be converted to a performance area. This year, the Festival will have 9 venues. Venues always start shows on-time.
Supporting Local Business: Local Businesses in Fresno’s Tower District have the option of partnering with the festival for promoting their services, restaurants and shops to the approximately 3,000 attendees expected over 10 days.
Non-Juried Festival: The Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance festival, which means all performer slots are booked on a first-come-first-served basis with no adjudicating of content or style. 2015 applications were booked within 90 minutes. The non-juried rule allows artists to be free with their chosen subjects and allows audiences to decide for themselves what they like and don’t like.
Community Events: The Rogue Festival also holds several community events during its run including The Annual Rogue Teaser Show in which a variety of acts from the Festival give a two minute preview of their show to curious audience members. Also: The Germ at Rogue, a one night short film festival organized in association with The Germ at Windsong Productions, and the Rogue/Creative Fresno Bartender Challenge, which raises money for Rogue Festival and for murals in Downtown Fresno. Kid’s Rogue, a Sunday performance for and by children, will also continue for its 3rd year.
Attendance and Participation: Over its 10-day run in 2015, the performance festival issued over 9,400 tickets to 68 performers of 294 shows. Comparatively, the first year’s festival in 2002 had 12 performers with 48 shows, and in 2005 the Festival had 40 performers with 120 shows and 4,800 tickets sold.
Origins: Rogue Festival was the brainchild of Marcel Nunis. The first festival was located at Fresno’s Sanctuary Youth Center. The festival was so popular, it had to be moved to the Tower District to accommodate more performers and a wider variety of audiences.