Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) presents the world’s largest arts and entertainment Fringe event


The cultural capital of the Arab World – Sharjah – hosted the latest international Fringe festival. The Fringe is a world-renowned artistic movement taking place in over 200 locations worldwide gathering millions of people each year. For 17 days from January 16 – February 1, the streets and stages of Sharjah transformed into a special attraction for the public when the Fringe community makes Shurooq destinations its home for their first outing in the Middle East. The Sharjah Fringe Festival included a wide variety of performances; from family entertainment and children’s theatre to interactive shows, dance and music drawn from Fringe festivals from around the world, as well as top international street performances to wow the crowds.

For this first-ever Fringe festival in the Middle East, the emirate hosted a selection of the best acts from the renowned global Fringe repertoire. More than 50 performers from all around the world presented artistic acts at four Shurooq destinations: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, The Flag Island and Al Noor Island.

Presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Sharjah Fringe Festival 2020 aims to build on the emirate’s reputation as the cultural heartland of the region with musical and artistic performances for the whole family. “This cultural initiative extends the emirate’s vision of supporting and inspiring creative pursuit,” Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), explained; “By bringing Fringe to Sharjah, we want to send a message that ours is ‘a city of choice’. Through Sharjah Fringe Festival, we want the 200-plus nationalities residing in the UAE to connect with the global language of the arts and build bridges with cultures through one of the hundreds of entertaining journeys with artists at our top public destinations.”