Hidden Fringe

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The 2012 Fringe Festival – Hidden Fringe – is truly a hidden treasure in the Long Island arts community and an experience of a lifetime, right in your own backyard. The Festival offers an avant-garde twist to family-friendly entertainment with its eclectic and experimental lineup. Celebrating its four-year anniversary, Hidden Fringe provides a unique platform for cutting edge artistry of every genre for nearly five months – from June through October – with a closing performance on October 14 at 7:30pm at the Tilles Center Atrium.

Hidden Fringe brings together innovative dance, music, theater, performance poetry and visual artistry in a celebration of all the creative arts. Produced by Debra Ann Kasimakis and the Artists Group, a Hicksville-based organization founded in 2004, the Festival presents Long Islanders with a unique artistic experience, while helping to promote the region’s arts and cultural institutions. “Hidden Fringe is on a mission to bring fringe to you,” says Ms. Kasimakis. “Come with the entire family and discover us in your town, on your street, in your neighborhood.”

Among the many performances Hidden Fringe has to offer, one special event stands out in the festival’s schedule – a birthday celebration for Kasimakis on September 21 at 8pm at the SoLuna Studio in Hauppauge. Along with the producer’s birthday, this event will celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a presentation of some of Long Island’s top literary talents, including performances by Poets Laureate Lind Opyr and Ed Stever, a special reading by horror author Josh Haney of his short story “The Locket,” and an exclusive exhibit of Kasimakis’ first book of photography and poetry, Petscapes, due out this fall.

The event marks not only a personal and professional achievement for the dynamic woman behind the festival, but also provides a unique opportunity to appreciate Long Island’s literary scene, live and off the page. Tickets for the must-see event are a mere $20 and are on sale now, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the RSVP Inc. Animal Welfare & Rescue Group, as well as the Long Island poetry community.

Celebrating its four-year anniversary, Hidden Fringe provides a unique platform for cutting edge artistry of every genre for nearly five months – from June through October – with a closing performance on October 14 at 7:30pm at the Tilles Center Atrium.


If you’re looking for some family fun time and an out-of-the-box creative experience, the 2012 Fringe Festival is definitely the place to be. Season tickets are available for $50, but at this point in the game you are probably better off purchasing tickets for individual events, which range from an affordable $10-20. For more information and a schedule of festival events and locations, visit the 2012 Fringe Festival online.

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