About Buffer Fringe
Performing Arts Festival
“We aim to primarily support the Buffer Fringe artists and their work, and enlarge our outreach to Cypriot and international communities.”
Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival (BFPAF) showcases new and experimental work by local and international artists, challenges physical and artistic barriers, and creates opportunities for artists to meet and exchange ideas. The theme of Buffer Fringe 2020 turns to a phenomenon as old as humanity itself: Displacement. The performances explore why this human activity is contested, the relationship between migration/mobility/displacement and how different people experience the displacement of themselves, their ideas and their practices.
The Festival was initially developed by the Home for Cooperation team in 2014, aiming to create a platform for all Cypriots to perform their work in a celebratory spirit of multiculturalism and peaceful coexistence. From 2016 the Festival opened its doors internationally and now achieves these aims for a global audience who is also impelled to unite through mutual experiences expressed via the performing arts.
The selected works featured in this year’s Fringe are inherently process-based and collaborative. Buffer Fringe is committed to creating a fertile network through which local and international artists as well as audiences can exchange and develop ideas. In order to support these goals, we have created this online platform in which artists will publish information about their work and document their process during the months leading up to the festival in December 2020.
Through this platform we aim to primarily support the Buffer Fringe artists and their work, and enlarge our outreach to Cypriot and international communities. In light of an ever increasing need for digitized documentation in the performing arts due to COVID-19, the platform hopes to introduce more physically distant methods of sharing and increase accessibility to the works and the festival as a whole.