Step into the unknown: Asheville Fringe Arts Festival returns for 16th year

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Cover Design Credit:

Hillary Edgin

Cover Photography Credit:

Jennifer Bennett
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival — a four-day extravaganza — returns for its 16th year, with subthemes including experimental art, fringey fun, raw emotion, social justice and the wildly weird. On the cover: Puppeteer Keith Shubert in costume as America’s Favorite Cartoon Witch. Shubert’s latest work, Total WTF, will debut at this year’s festival.


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