News: Ukraine Fringe: Festival for the Brave Takes Place from Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 in Kyiv and Online

The Ukraine Fringe Team. Courtesy of Alex Borovenskiy
Ukraine Fringe grows out of the only English-language theatre festival in Ukraine, the PRO.ACT Fest, which after its 5 years of existence is changing its format. 

The idea of Ukraine Fringe came from 2 international theatre makers, Steve Gove (founder of Prague Fringe) and Alex Borovenskiy (artistic director of ProEnglish Theatre of Ukraine). Together they will bring the International Fringe culture to Ukraine and raise awareness about Ukraine in the World. The creators of Ukraine Fringe believe that the format is perfect for the country because it is affordable for a wide audience and it supports the unique work of independent artists. 

The goal of Ukraine Fringe in 2023 is to support Ukraine via the Ukraine Fringe Festival, which has objective including to unite the world's Fringe theaters, to bring Fringe culture to Ukraine, to create a festival with an active position, and to increase the world's awareness of Ukraine and Ukrainian culture.

Ukraine Fringe aims to not only support the country's arts scene but also to showcase Ukraine to the world. The absence of censorship and restrictions will allow its art and artists to reach a wider audience, reflecting the true essence of creativity.

The festival will run in two formats, with the Kyiv program taking place from August 31st to September 3rd, 2023. During this period, participants from USA, United Kingdom, China, France, and, of course, Ukraine will bring their performances to various venues across the city, providing audiences with limitless opportunities to engage with exceptional artistry.

The Kyiv Program will include 12 performances by participants from 6 countries (UK, USA, Ukraine, France, Switzerand, Hong Kong) in genres ranging from butoh to stand-up comedy, from experimental theater to a detective story. It will take place in three venues in historical centers of Kyiv, with the potential reach 600 in-person spectators. 

The festival, organized by ProEnglish Theatre of Ukraine and supported by AMO Pictures (Ukraine) and SceneSaver (UK), will not be limited to performances only. Among the events planned by the organizers there are an educational platform with master classes and workshops, a monologues night when any Ukrainian actor will have a chance to showcase their talent in front of the audience and the jury of casting directors, a stand-up open mic in English, parties for Fringe participants and guests, and more. The complete Kyiv program is available at

The online program, running from August 21st to September 3rd, 2023, will be accessible via the British online-platform SceneSaver.

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