KC Fringe offers rappel opportunity


Posted by Bob Evans

KC council members set to rappel from Canary bar atop 10-story building for Fringe festival fundraiser


KC Fringe Festival announces the inaugural Over The Edge fundraiser for KC Fringe. 

KCMO city council members Eric Bunch, Andrea Bough and Ryana Parks-Shaw are set to rappel on Saturday, as well as City Manager Brian Platt, activist Justice Horn and other prominent community members, organizers said. 

It’s the first fundraising event for the KC Fringe Festival — the largest performing arts gathering in Kansas City — which is partnering with Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to send individuals down the Netherland Saturday. 

“Because of COVID, [the Fringe] had to lay everyone off. We all have still been working, but we’re working as volunteers to keep it going,” said Cheryl Kimmi, who serves as the executive director of the KC Fringe Festival. “Now, we need the funds to get back to live theater. This event is going to be our first step back to in-person events, and hopefully, this will be the kick off to our live festival in 2022.”

“To me, this fundraiser really speaks to what the Fringe does — which is create new spaces and new ways of thinking about interactions, both for the performers and for the audience,” said Ilan Salzberg, the Denver-based developer behind the Netherland building near 39th and Main streets, a longtime supporter of the Fringe, and one of the organizers of Saturday’s rappelling experience. Ilan is a partner with By Exact, the presenting sponsor of this fundraising event.

More info:  https://kcfringe.org/ote-fundraiser/ 

Date / Time: Saturday August 28, 2021 Rappelling will begin around 9am and go until 1pm or until everyone has gone Over The Edge!

About KC Fringe Festival—The annual Kansas City Fringe Festival is a two-week explosion of performances, exhibits and events, showcasing the work of local, national and international artists. KC Fringe is the largest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The mostly volunteer-run organization has been supporting artists, cultivating creators and attracting adventurous audiences since July 2004. In 2020 and 2021, the Kansas City Fringe Festival moved temporarily to a virtual format, but the excitement, flair and fringy-ness remain true to form. 

KC Fringe Festival is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization committed to dynamic programming that engages audiences, supports the arts, and enlivens communities. Its mission is to attract diverse people, nurture artists, and strengthen Kansas City economically through producing educational, cultural, accessible, and affordable events that connect audiences, artists, businesses, and civic organizations.  More information about KC Fringe can be found at kcfringe.org.

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